Coming soon: The USM Training Committee will launch its first-ever Administrative Professionals Conference(APC) on April 28, 2022. The conference will feature a keynote panel of leaders from across the USM. Registration to open in 2022!

Thrive Through the Holidays

Thanks to all who joined us for Thrive Through the Holidays with GuidanceResources. We hope you enjoyed the workshops and wish you a very happy 2022. To access recordings of the workshops provided by GuidanceResources, please click a workshop link below, enter your name and email, and click the "Register" button. You will then be taken to the workshop recording. You will need to do this each time you wish to watch a recording, even if you have already registered for the workshop.

Title Recording Link (enter name & email, then click "Register" to watch)
Using Guided Imagery for Wellness and Stress Reduction
Communication Skills for Families
Making the Most of Family Occasions
Sleep: An Essential Component of Health and Well-Being
Learning to Relax
Bringing Out the Best in Others
Staying Connected: Keeping the Spark Alive in Your Relationship
The Psychology Behind Saving Money and Other Good Financial Habits
After the Holidays: Managing That Debt

National Health Education Week

The USM Training Committee brought National Health Education Week (NHEW) back to the USM October 18 - 22, 2021. This week of workshops on the Hopin platform focused on mental health, physical health, and wellness education. USM Institutions brought these free webinars to all USM employees in partnership with ComPsych’s GuidanceResources® Online. Click below to log in and view the session recordings.

In the spirit of increasing awareness for the importance of health education, we encourage you to check out these resources and share them with a colleague, a friend, or a family member:

GuidanceResources® Online PDFs:

  • Building Better Family Communication: These tips can help you and your family build better listening and communication skills, the first steps in creating a happy home life. Download the PDF
  • Resilience-building Techniques: The key to avoiding the tolls of stress is resilience, which can be strengthened by improving self-esteem, developing a strong social support system, and taking care of your health. Download the PDF
  • Tips for Quick, Healthy Meals: Find great ideas such as brightening up steamed veggies with lemon juice instead of butter, substituting yogurt for sour cream in recipes, and using applesauce instead of oil in baked goods. Download the PDF

Videos to Watch/Learn

Three Tiny Habits

Challenge yourself to do these three little things this week… we’re going to send everyone who registers for National Health Education Week a quick survey at the end of the week to see what you thought of the workshops and if you tried these three little things to make your week better:

  1. Try the Maui Habit. Famously outlined in B.J. Fogg’s book Tiny Habits: the moment you put your feet on the floor in the morning, immediately say, "it’s going to be a great day."
  2. Make your bed. Admiral William H. McRaven sums up why beautifully in his 2014 commencement address to the graduates of The University of Texas at Austin: "If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right."
  3. Write a gratitude list. A daily gratitude list is one of the best (and simplest) things you can do to help yourself have a better day. It will also help you find ways to clarify and focus on what’s important to you, add value to your life, and do more of it! A gratitude list helps us pay attention to the good things in life we might otherwise take for granted.

Professional Development Week

USM Professional Development (PD) week was held June 7th through June 11th. It was the first virtual conference hosted by the USM Training Committee, a group of talent development professionals representing each USM school. PD week was a knowledge-building week for USM faculty and staff. The conference workshops were designed to broaden and advance the employee’s professional and personal well-being. Below you can view recordings of the workshops.

USM Institutions' Training and Professional Development Links

For further information on university-specific employee training and development, click on the university's logo below.