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Classes & certificates

Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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    Nuts and Bolts of Returning to School

    Have you thought about going back to school? This free session provides information on options as you plan to continue your education. We cover undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs; becoming a nondegree special student; student support services; and financial assistance.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Professional Writing: Effective Workplace Communication

    Master the skills necessary to communicate effectively with internal and external audiences in today's professional environment. Learn techniques of document structure, grammar and style proven to enhance credibility and influence. Learn credibility-damaging errors and tips for avoiding them.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Servant Leadership Certificate

    Examine the core aspects of servant leadership. Topics for the five-day program are: Servant Leadership Foundations, Personal and Organizational Challenges of Servant Leadership, Serving Customers/Clients/Citizens, Servant Leadership at the Team and Organizational Level and Connecting Servant Leadership to Community and the World.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Spanish Advanced Conversation

    Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
    In this advanced Spanish conversation class, participants will read and discuss five short stories that represent diverse cultural themes representative of Latin America and Spain, such as superstition, class, first people groups, politics and human relationships.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Spanish Intermediate Conversation

    Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
    This highly practical intermediate course will review the Spanish past tenses while teaching you to converse about celebrations, traditions and festivities in the Spanish-speaking world.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Substance Use Disorders Counselor Certificate

    Take your career to the next level while providing invaluable assistance to those struggling from addiction with the UW Flexible Option Substance Use Disorders Counselor certificate program. This program offers a more flexible alternative for fulfilling the specialized educational hours required for Wisconsin state substance abuse counselor certification through the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Teaching Live Online: Keys to Virtual Classroom Instruction

    Live online teaching is a flexible approach to teaching that enables face-to-face instructors to use the power of group discussion and class participation while leveraging Internet accessibility. Gain insights and techniques to make the virtual classroom a vibrant and effective learning platform.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Tuesday Morning Booktalks

    Join other book lovers for exciting discussions of world literature. Extensive handouts will be provided.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    University of Wisconsin Certified Professional Coach

    Do you seek to guide, inspire, and empower others to reach their potential and get real results? The UW Certified Professional Coach certificate program (formerly PLCC) is an ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) that prepares you to be an Associate Certified or Professional Certified Coach.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Untangling Grief

    Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
    We already know that grief is a complicated, multi-faceted process that affects all of us. Certain types of grief and loss can exacerbate these challenges. Explore disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, complicated grief and anticipatory grief, plus effective strategies to manage them.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Wellness: An Ethical Responsibility for Mental Health Care Providers

    This class meets Wisconsin’s requirements for ethics and professional boundaries for continuing education for helping professionals. Even prior to the COVID pandemic, healthcare providers faced an inordinate amount of stress as evidenced by the alarming prevalence of burnout symptoms for both trainees and practicing providers. This stress is amplified for providers who are part of groups that have been underrepresented and discriminated against in medicine. Affecting both personal and professional domains, burnout may be associated with a decrease in professionalism, a greater number of mistakes, substance use and mood disorders. In this workshop, we will review empirical research on burnout and wellness with an emphasis on practical applications of this work. Two case studies of service implementation for wellness support in large academic health systems will be discussed. Participants will also engage in hands-on learning activities identifying how provider burnout impacts them individually and how burnout impacts and is impacted by the systems in which they work. Participants will have opportunities to identify their burnout symptoms and to set goals to enhance their wellbeing and improve their day-to-day delivery of mental health care services. Opportunities to discuss systems-level interventions with colleagues will be provided as well as opportunities to try out a variety of wellness interventions such as mindfulness and gentle yoga. Options to participate in wellness activities, including gentle yoga and mindfulness exercises, will be provided. Cameras do not have to be on during these activities and participants may choose self-guided wellness activities.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.