Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Information
(This needs to be developed further)

This program provides basic information on the progression of chemical problems from use, abuse and dependency, the impact on family members and significant others, what we should and shouldn't do to help, including the concept of enabling, and information on the various categories of the most commonly abused drugs.

Recommended for: 


Basic Legal Information

Does your staff need a brief legal review in a specific work area? A member of the City Attorney’s staff will attend your staff meeting or arrange to meet at your convenience to offer a short briefing tailored to your staff needs.

Call City Attorney Office at 266-4511 to make arrangements. Suggested topics are: How to write a citation; Open Meetings; Contracting; Public Records; Ethics Laws; ADA Requirements; Workplace Harassment Issues; Enforcement of Specified Ordinances; and the like.

Recommended for:

Please send Internal Training Request Form.


Budgeting
Presented by Comptroller’s Office

The City of Madison’s budget process may seem to be unduly complicated and confusing, but it really isn’t. If you have questions about how it all works, you can contact any of the budget analysts listed below and they will be happy to explain the process and results to you.

Debra Simon 7-4913
Tim Fruit 7-4972
Dan Bohrod 6-4030

Recommended for:

Please send Internal Training Request Form.


Don't Bully Me, I had Enough of That on the Playground - Fostering a Respectful Work Environment

This workshop will familiarize participants with the growing problem of disrespectful behaviors in the workplace. Through small group exercises, lecture and a video presentation, attendees will understand the impact workplace hostility and violence can have on individuals, as well as on the organization. The role of EAP, management and all employees in working towards a respectful workplace will be emphasized.

Recommended for: 


EAP and Supervisors Working Together

The primary purpose of this training is to provide supervisors and managers with information and education that will enable them to work with EAP in a cooperative effort to address personal or work-related problems with employees. The mutual goal is to help employees remain healthy and productive on the job. Information will be presented on the following: The essential elements of the EAP including confidentiality, the voluntary nature of EAP, identifying signs of job deterioration, constructive confrontation and feedback, the referral process, situations appropriate for an EAP referral, and an understanding of the concept of enabling.

Recommended for: 


EAP and Union Stewards Working Together

The primary purpose of this training is to provide Union Stewards with information and education that will enable them to work with EAP in a cooperative effort to address personal or work-related problems with employees. The mutual goal is to help employees remain healthy and productive on the job. Information will be presented on the following: The essential elements of the EAP including confidentiality, the voluntary nature of EAP, identifying signs of job deterioration, constructive confrontation and feedback, the referral process, situations appropriate for an EAP referral, and an understanding of the concept of enabling. 

Recommended for: 


Emotionally Surviving a Law Enforcement Career
(Co-presented with MPD Detective Brian Austin) 

The content of this workshop is based on the insight of Dr. Kevin Gilmartin, the author of the acclaimed book and video titled Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement. It provides an overview of the roller coaster journey that police officers will take during their careers. Dr. Gilmartin spent 20 years working in law enforcement before beginning a consulting career as a behavioral scientist. A videotape of Dr. Gilmartin's information, along with facilitated exercises and discussion will be used to examine the internal assaults that officers experience both personally and organizationally over the course of their careers. These assaults can transform idealistic and committed officers into angry, cynical individuals, leading to significant problems in both their personal and professional lives. An officer's "emotional survival skills" are every bit as important as their "tactical skills," but are often overlooked. This workshop will present you with insight, coping skills, and a written plan for emotionally surviving your career. 

Recommended for: 


Employee Assistance and Critical Incident Stress Management Program

This brief presentation is intended to provide an overview and explanation of both the EAP and the CISM programs. It is helpful in understanding the primary program aspects and the kinds of problems that both employees and supervisors bring to the program. This is a good presentation to include as a part of other trainings or whenever you have a large group of employees gathered, i.e., staff meetings, etc. 

Recommended for: 


Experience the Challenge Course

Take advantage of “The Challenge Course,” the City has partnered with Ventures In Change to provide a day of team building skills through experiential learning. The Ventures In Change challenge course is one of the best in the Midwest with over 20 different low and high elements to choose from.

We will tailor the program to your needs.

For more information, call: Karl van Lith, 266-9037, Guy VanRensselear, 267-1136 or P.J. White, 266-4281, City of Madison Organizational Development and Training

Over 200 participants of the City’s supervisory academy, plus numerous other employees, including Police and Fire recruit classes use the course.

Recommended for:

Please send Internal Training Request Form.


Focus Groups
Presented by Organizational Development and Training Staff

Focus groups are a valuable tool to gain in-depth knowledge of your customers’ wants and needs. This workshop will help you identify when to use focus groups and how they can be used with other customer feedback methods. You will gain practical experience in developing focus group questions and in the facilitation of focus groups.

Recommended for: Managers, Supervisors, Leadworkers, Union Leaders

Will be done upon request. Contact 266-4281. Note: This training can also be done at your worksite upon request.


Hazard Communication/Safety
Presented by David Rihn, Safety Coordinator, Human Resources Department

This course is intended to provide the necessary information and instructional guidance by which supervisors can assure that employees are aware of chemicals and hazards in the workplace. This program provides a process for accomplishing the primary objective of communicating chemical hazard information to all employees.

Recommended for: Supervisors, Managers, Leadworkers, Union Leaders

Will be done upon request. Contact David Rihn at 266-9128. Note: This training can also be done at your worksite upon request.


Introduction to Reasonable Accommodations
Presented by Occupational Accommodations, Human Resources Department

This course will include a general overview of the federal, state, and local laws and regulations which apply to the employment of a person with disabilities. It will also address the basic terminology used and how it applies to a work setting. The concept of reasonable accommodations will be reviewed, discussed, and illustrated by example and small group exercises.

Location: Room 303, MMB
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Class Size: Min. 5 / Max. 15

Recommended for: Supervisors, Managers, Leadworkers, Union Leaders

Please send Internal Training Request Form. A date will be set when at least five requests have been received. Training to individual departments also available upon request. Contact Barbara Lanser at 267-1156.


Managing During Changing and Uncertain Times

This course has been designed to provide City of Madison managers, supervisors and union stewards with tools and information that will enhance leadership during times of organizational change and uncertainty. The following topics will be discussed: The process of change, the psychological contract that employees have with the organization, learning from past successful change experiences, coping with uncertainty, the importance of communication, and concluding the workshop with a beautiful and empowering video entitled "Celebrate What's Right With The World."

Recommended for: Managers, Supervisors and Union Stewards


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

The workshop objective is to increase awareness of the causes and effects of post-traumatic stress, alcohol and other drug abuse and the danger that they can pose to you, to your family, to your career, to the general public and to your department if left untreated. The workshop will outline the definition of stress, post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, common symptoms, the disease concepts of alcoholism, enabling, denial and treatment approaches.

Recommended for: 


Staying Grounded in Changing and Uncertain Times

We are faced with changes and uncertainty in both our work and our personal lives. This course has been designed to address the challenging nature of how this impacts our lives. The following topics will be discussed: The natural process of change and normal reactions, the psychological contract that we have with the organization that we work in, learning from past successful change experiences and developing tools for coping in a changing and uncertain environment. The workshop concludes with a beautiful and empowering video entitled "Celebrate What's Right With The World."

Recommended for: 


Understanding Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
(This course requires a lot of prep time and coordination. It involves bringing in other exerts to present the course material and is held by special invitation that goes out to union stewards and managers)

This course will offer an overview of mental illness, workplace related issues, employment discrimination, prevention components of a healthy work environment, the legal perspective and reasonable accommodation, EAP and Labor Relations guidance for supervisors, and available resources. A panel of experts will be available to answer questions. Panel members will include representation from EAP, Labor Relations, Occupational Accommodations, Legal Counsel, and a spokesperson from the Mental Health Professional community.

Recommended for: