HR Development courses begin this week

Published: January 12, 2021

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HR Development, or HRD, will offer more than 60 professional development courses this semester to full-time, part-time and temporary employees. Classes begin this Thursday, Jan. 14.

Several courses that focus on health and mental wellness, especially during the pandemic, will be taught by Auburn University experts:

  • Mindfulness-Based Performance and Health Optimization: A Journey to Optimal Health and Wellbeing (HL200), Feb. 10 and March 10–Participants will learn information and practices to help cultivate greater mind/body awareness and draw on inner resources to create a more balanced life. Reita Clanton and Ford Dyke are the course instructors.

  • Staff Resiliency and Stress Management (HL201), Jan. 29, March 5 and April 12–Participants will better understand their stress reaction to COVID-19, be equipped with tools to manage their stress and anxiety and learn practical strategies that they can use when facing anxiety-triggering situations. Joeleen Cooper Bhatia and Christina Newberry are the course instructors.

  • Psychological Safety at Work (DI230), Jan. 27 and April 6–Focusing on the work of Amy Edmondson from Harvard and Google’s “Project Aristotle”, this interactive session will couple theoretical and applied knowledge for participants to identify and cultivate aspects of psychologically safe work environments. Garry Morgan is the course instructor.

  • QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (ER250), Feb. 3–In an effort to reduce the number of attempted and completed suicides, Auburn University encourages employees to become QPR certified. Participants will learn how to ask the right questions, persuade someone to get help and refer an individual to resources. Markie Pasternak is the course instructor.

Additional featured courses include:

  • Driving Creativity (MG630), April 8 and 15–Participants will explore where creative ideas come from and several methods for pushing them forward to implementation. Supervisors will also learn four methods to help improve creative approaches to work or projects. Bill Shannon is the course instructor.

  • Risk Management 101: Protecting the University (RM101), Feb. 9–Participants will learn about the use of waivers, certificates of insurance, minors on campus, the university alcohol policy, fleet safety and linking risk management to strategic goals. Patrick White is the course instructor.

  • Social Media Safety and Security (RM150), March 3–Participants will learn what they can and cannot do on social media and what could put their position as a university employee and their personal security at risk. Risk Management and Safety will present the course. Philip Ives is the course instructor.

HRD also offers more than 20 eLearning courses that can be taken on demand. For more information visit Fast-Train or or email

Submitted by: Patrick Johnston