Workshop: Team Building in the Workplace

Friday October 28, 2011 – Friday October 28, 2011

32 Elm Street

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Date: October 28, 2011 – 9:00am until 4:00pm

This activity based training is designed to build skills in team participation and leadership. Participants will look at their own teamwork and interaction style, and engage in a goal-directed team experience, using procedures that contribute to group effectiveness and productivity. The training will emphasize practical approaches and insights that participants can use on the job in teams, committees, and work groups.

Expected learning experiences and outcomes in this workshop are as follows:

  • Participants will work in teams of six or seven to collaboratively reach a mutual goal, and to enhance one another’s learning about team organization and participation.
  • Questionnaires and activities will help teammates identify their own and others’ communication, leadership, support, and conflict management skills, and fulfill key team roles, including facilitator, gate keeper, recorder, mediator/harmonizer, and time/schedule keeper
  • Participants will learn to use procedures that contribute to team productivity, particularly in setting clear goals, developing an agenda and action plan, dividing the labor equitably, and matching decision-making strategies to tasks and issues at hand.
  • Participants will learn strategies for building team participation and morale by defining a group identify, sharing facilitation and leadership, utilizing teammates’ talents, and resolving interpersonal issues such as conflicts, rivalries, and frustrations.
  • Participants will consider ways to apply workshop learning to team building they want to do at work.

Registration for the workshop is limited to 18 participants.  Discounts are available for groups larger than five (5).  Tuition fee includes lunch and materials.

Cost: $129.00

About the trainer:

Stuart Gerber is a Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University who received his master’s in teaching as well as his doctorate in educational psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds a psychology license in Connecticut as well as New York and has substantial clinical practice throughout the years. Additionally, he is currently a volunteer mediator and facilitator at Community Mediation, Inc.

During his time at SCSU, he developed a master’s level program to prepare and educate teachers who plan to work with emotionally disturbed students. He also coordinated the Sixth Year program in Education Collaboration and Consultation, which offers preparation for teachers and clinicians to provide support, consultation and collaboration in working with colleagues who teach special needs students. Mr. Gerber has also presented numerous workshops dealing with difficult colleagues, specifically in terms of resistance to change.