Training & Consulting Services

Jody, the manager of the Staff Center, engages with some participants of the Adaptive
                              Schools Seminar in May 2017.Did you know that Your Staff Center for Training and Development has a wide variety of resources available to serve you? 

Workshops

Do you need training on a particular technology tool? Is there a skill that you need to know more about, like communication, customer service, or giving feedback? Staff Center workshops are meant to fill those needs. They are most often a "one-and-done" session that includes hands-on access to technology, step-by-step instructions, resources to take away, videos, discussion, and/or group work. The Staff Center uses feedback, requests, and prior attendance to determine what topics to offer each semester. The trainers for these sessions develop material that is meant to be used in a one to one-and-a-half hour time frame. Check out our calendar of events & registration site for what is being offered in the near future.

On-Demand Training

The Staff Center for Training and Development strongly encourages staff to take control of their own professional growth and learning. What better way to support staff in doing that than to offer resources that can be used by anyone at any pace, any time, in any space. Our current on-demand resources include:

Team/Group/Department Facilitation

The Staff Center for Training and Development currently offers several different facilitation experiences. Any Ferris employee can request group facilitation services by emailing Jody Gardei at least 4 weeks in advance of the desired facilitation date. Currently offered facilitated sessions include:

  • Description

    Do you need a fun, yet educational team building experience? This session runs about 2.5 to 3 hours. It includes plenty of interaction, movement, and reflection. Based on personality research (DISC), team members identify themselves as a lion, an otter, a retriever, or a beaver personality type, and then engage in discussions about what it means in the workplace and in relation to other colleagues.

    Required Materials

    This session requires minimal materials cost, which varies depending on the size of the group.

    Meeting Preparation

    This session requires minimal communication between the group coordinator and the Staff Center facilitator.

  • Description

    Is your team looking to have an outside facilitator help a group navigate the intricacies of a specific topic or objective? The Staff Center is willing to work with your department to develop a custom retreat using strategies and activities that will engage the entire group. A custom, interactive session can produce results by exploring the group's collective knowledge and experiences. Team member output during this session provides the group with detailed data for planning and change management.

    Required Materials

    This session requires minimal materials cost, which varies depending on the size of the group.

    Meeting Preparation

    This session requires AT LEAST 3 meetings between the group coordinator and the Staff Center facilitator prior to the session date in order to build a program that incorporates the desired outcomes.

  • Description

    During this 2 to 3 hour workshop you will have an opportunity to complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument and reflect on your findings. The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument is a widely-used tool to help us understand how different conflict-handling styles affect interpersonal and group dynamics. First it assesses your typical behavior in conflict situations and then describes it along two dimensions: assertiveness and cooperativeness. It provides detailed information about how you can effectively use five different conflict-handling modes, or styles.

    Required Materials

    This session requires a purchase of the $18.95/booklet instrument (required for each participant).

    Meeting Preparation

    This session requires minimal communication between the group coordinator and the Staff Center to set up the session.

  • Description

    Are you looking for a facilitated session that will help team members learn more about the Strengths each person brings to the team? This session runs about 1.5 to 2.5 hours. It includes a lot of self-reflection and collaborative dialogue. Participants leave this session with a good sense of what each group member has to offer to the collective group effort. They leave with a focus on the positive and the strengths in the group, as well as a sense of how those strengths can interact to move the team forward towards its goals.

    Required Materials

    This session requires a purchased copy of the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 for each meeting participant.

    Meeting Preparation

    This session requires ALL group members to read a portion of the book, take a 30 minute online quiz, and email the results to the Staff Center facilitator.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to participate in any programs offered through the Staff Center should call 231-591-2112 or email [email protected].