2018 Professional Development Course Catalog - Update 11/28/2017

Professional Development Course Catalog

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Dear Judiciary employees:

We are delighted to present the 2018 course catalog for the continuing education of the Judiciary’s professionals. The Department of Professional Development, under the leadership of Shamika Dent-Williams, has worked tirelessly with department staff and staff across the college to offer an exciting array of courses in the upcoming year. You can select from a variety of learning opportunities to meet your time constraints and professional commitments. Whether you enroll in a classroom experience, webinar, or an online course, you will be pleased by the variety of topics to choose from. As you know, we are working behind the scenes to develop the Judiciary’s proficiency-based education system, which is a performance-based approach to education. Focusing on closing gaps between what we know and what we do is being promoted throughout the Judiciary. We heartedly recommend when looking for a course that you consider an option that will both tickle your curiosity and support you in your job performance. As a result of your replies to our annual survey, we have lots of new course offerings in 2018, including a full day First Aid course and courses on Emotional Intelligence, Giving and Receiving Feedback, and Excelling in Your Career. Back by popular demand are our business writing courses, Change and Conflict Management, and Project Management courses. Supporting our efforts to bring adult learning principles and strategies to our classrooms, we are offering a Train the Trainer series for current and future faculty. We hope you enjoy perusing the catalog and you take advantage of our continuing education course offerings. We look forward to serving you in 2018 and assisting you in your learning, performance excellence, and professional development towards carrying out our mission.


Judicial College of Maryland Department of Professional Development

Stacey A. Saunders

Nancy Kline

Lynn Emerson Learning & Performance Specialist lynn.emerson@mdcourts.gov 410-260-3697

Assistant Administrator Judicial College of Maryland

Lead Training Specialist nancy.kline@mdcourts.gov 410-260-3604

Shamika M. Dent-Williams Department Manager shamika.dent.williams@mdcourts.gov 410-260-3584

Mary Keller

Terry Roundtree

College Registrar educationregistrar@mdcourts.gov 410-260-3573

Instructional Design Specialist terry.roundtree@mdcourts.gov 410-260-3603

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Registration Information

To register for a class using CONNECT: 1. Log into CONNECT. 2. Click the Learning Dashboard tab. 3. Under Quick Links, click on Find Learning.

4. In the Search by keyword field, type the course name or topic, then click the Search button. 5. Select the course and session you are interested in, click Enroll, then click Submit Enrollment. 6. You will receive a message stating your enrollment requires approval. Your manager will receive an email notification stating there is a pending enrollment request. 7. Once your manager approves the enrollment, you will receive an email notification. To cancel your registration using CONNECT: 1. Log into CONNECT. 2. Click the Learning Dashboard tab. 3. Click the My Learning link. 4. Click the Drop button for the course you want to drop. 5. Click the Drop button to confirm the action. 6. You’ll receive a message indicating the drop was successful. County Employees If you are a county employee and do not have access to CONNECT, please contact the Registrar via email for registration assistance at educationregistrar@mdcourts.gov. Cancellation of Your Registration We understand that work obligations and staffing changes may cause you to cancel your registration. We ask that you cancel with as much advance notice as possible, so that we may offer the seat to another participant on the waitlist. Lodging If you are attending a class at the Judicial College Education and Conference Center (JCECC) and your place of work is more than 50 miles from the JCECC, you may be eligible for overnight lodging. Please contact Allison Leebrick at Allison.Leebrick@mdcourts.gov via e-mail with your requests. Please provide your supervisor’s approval when requesting lodging. Inclement Weather In the event of inclement weather, contact the AOC Information Line at 410-260-1555 to determine if the class is being held. If the class is cancelled, participants should contact their supervisor. Reasonable Accommodation The Administrative Office of the Courts is committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities the opportunity to fully participate in our programs. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Judicial College at 410-260-3660, or use the Maryland Relay Service (TT/Voice) at 711. Class size and Cancellation Policy Most face-to-face classes: 30 maximum, 10 minimum. Online classes: 15 maximum, 5 minimum. Webinars: 15 maximum, 5 minimum. Classes with low enrollments may be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, participants will be notified prior to the start date. For registration assistance and questions, please contact the Registrar via email at educationregistrar@mdcourts.gov or 410-260-3573.

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Unless otherwise listed, classes meet from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. with a half hour lunch break. The Judicial College provides lunch for participants enrolled in full-day classes. Course offerings may change due to instructor availability. Course descriptions begin on page 9. Courses at the College

Advanced Business Writing (Participants must attend all four class days in the session.) Session 1 Feb 21 W 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Mar 21 W 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Apr 24 T 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. May 24 Th 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session 2 Jun 27 W 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Jul 25 T 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Aug 23 Th 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Sep 25 T 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Annual Leadership Conference (2 days) May 1–2 T–W May 16–17 W–Th Bridging the Gap between the Generations Jul 31 T Business Writing for Professionals Jan 30 T Jun 13 W Oct 10 W Change Management (Participants must attend all four class days in the session.) Session 1 Mar 29 Th Jun 28 Th Sep 27 Th Dec 20 Th Conflict Resolution Apr 17 T Sep 27 Th Nov 29 Th Conquering Chaos Apr 5 Th Sep 20 Th CPR/AED (Sessions are half days, running from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Choose a.m. or p.m. in CONNECT.) Jan 17 W Feb 28 W Mar 14 W

CPR/AED (continued) Apr 24 T May 23 W Jun 20 W Jul 11 W Aug 22 W Sep 26 W Oct 24 W Nov 7 W Dec 12 W Customer Service for Court Professionals Mar 15 Th Aug 15 W Diversity Issues in the Workplace Feb 27 T Oct 30 T Effective Communication Jan 18 Th Jun 21 Th Effective Meetings Jul 24 T Employment Law for Supervisors and Managers Feb 7 W Jul 11 W Excelling in Your Career Oct 4 Th First Aid Jan 16 T Feb 6 T Mar 13 T Apr 10 T May 8 T Jun 19 T Jul 10 T Aug 21 T Sep 25 T Oct 23 T Nov 27 T Dec 11 T

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FISH! Aug 2

Progressive Discipline Jun 14 Th Dec 13 Th Project Management (2 days) Apr 10–11 T–W Sep 12–13 W–Th Presenting Like a Pro (2 days)

Th 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Th 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Th 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Th 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Aug 2

Nov 29 Nov 29

Giving and Receiving Feedback May 22 T Goal Setting Feb 22 Th Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Feb 8 Th May 31 Th Nov 8 Th The Magic of Performance Management Dec 6 Th Dec 18 T Motivating and Engaging Employees Mar 8 T 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Mar 8 T 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Aug 9 Th 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Aug 9 Th 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Persuasive Speaking (Participants must attend all four class days in the session.) Session 1 Sep 18 W Oct 11 Th Nov 14 W Dec 12 W

Mar 28–29 W–Th Jul 18–19 W–Th Serving Challenging Customers May 10 Th Nov 1 Th Sharp Thinking Feb 6 T Jun 6 W Stress Management Feb 13 T Oct 24 W Supervisor and Manager Training (2 days) Apr 3-4 T–W Oct 16–17 T–W Train the Trainer (2 days) Apr 25–26 W–Th Aug 9–10 Th–F Nov 14–15 W–Th Working with Emotional Intelligence Apr 5 Th Dec 4 T

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For detailed information on the Maryland Judiciary certificate programs, please see page 17 or go online to the Judicial College of Maryland Professional Development webpage. These multi-year programs are for Judiciary employees who have applied and been accepted into the program. Certificate Program Courses for 2018

Court Professional Certificate (CPC) CPC 1 — The Maryland Judiciary: An Overview (2 days) Feb 15–16 Th-F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CPC 2 — The Nuts & Bolts of the Circuit and (2 days) District Courts May 8–9 T–W 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CPC 3 — Ethical Practice in the Court Workplace Sep 5 W 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CPC 4 — Judiciary Personnel Policies and Rules Sep 6 Th 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Court Supervisor/Manager Certificate (CS/MC) CS/MC 9 — Legal Research (2 days) Mar 6–7 T–W 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CS/MC 10 — Managing Respect (2 days) in the Workplace Jun 5–6 T–W 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CS/MC 11 — Stress Management in the Workplace Aug 29 W 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CS/MC 12 — Tools and Strategies for an Effective Court Manager Aug 30 Th 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Review Oct 18 Th 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Graduation Oct 19 F 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Institute for Court Management (ICM) Project Management for Courts (3 days) Jan 10–12 W–F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Operations Management (3 days) Jan 24–26 W–F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Public Relations (2 days) Apr 11–12 W–Th 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Accountability and Court Performance (3 days) Apr 18–20 W–F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. High Performance Court Framework: Concluding Seminar (3 days) Sep 12–14 W–F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Workforce Management (3 days) Oct 3–5 W–F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Graduation Oct 26 F TBD

In the fall of 2018, applications will be accepted for both the CS/MC and ICM programs.

More details to come!

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Online Courses

Judicial College online courses are held on Canvas. Login instructions for participants are sent from the College Registrar prior to the start date of the course.

Conducting Interviews (3 weeks) Mar 5–Mar 23 online Jun 4–Jun 22 online Sep 10–Sep 28 online Oct 29–Nov 16 online

You and the Judiciary (9 weeks) Jan 29–Mar 30 online Apr 9–Jun 1 online Aug 27–Oct 26 online

The Fundamentals of Customer Service (7 weeks) Jan 29–Mar 16 online Apr 2–May 18 online Aug 27–Oct 12 online

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Webinars What is a webinar? Webinar is short for web-based seminar. These classes, transmitted over the internet, consist of an online, shared group environment. Webinars include live audio and video communication with an audience that is in a remote location from the instructor. Participants do not need to leave the office and are able to view the webinar from their workplace computer.

Conducting Meetings That Don’t Put People to Sleep Aug 21 T 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Creating a Work/Life Balance May 9 W 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Sep 11 T 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Dealing with Difficult Customers May 15 T 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Oct 2 W 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. From Staff to Supervisor May 30 W 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Oct 25 Th 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Getting it Done while Getting Along Jun 12 T 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Oct 16 T 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Goal Setting Jun 26 W 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Nov 20 T 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Serving the Multi-Cultural Customer Jun 19 T 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Nov 7 W 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Understanding and Managing Stress Jul 10 T 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Working with the Generations Feb 14 W 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Jul 17 T 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Your Professional Image Mar 13 T 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Jul 26 Th 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Your Role in Preventing Workplace Harassment Mar 27 T 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Aug 7 T 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Business Writing This course has been designed as a peer-to-peer, instructor-guided writing course for professionals interested in developing their understanding of the art and science of writing and honing their writing skills. This course is a departure from the traditional classroom experience. This course will meet four separate times, and homework will be assigned. In order to complete the course, all four sessions must be attended in their entirety. Writing will be completed and reviewed during class by the student peers with guidance from the instructor. Laptop computers will be available for single-day use, or students may bring their own. Writing by hand is also welcome. Course topics include grammar and punctuation, advanced writing techniques, composition and structure, and applying logical and critical thinking when writing. Prerequisite: A basic business-writing course taken either with the Judiciary or outside of the Judiciary. Annual Leadership Conference This special two-day program, offered annually by the Department of Professional Development, gives Judiciary employees in managerial positions the opportunity to enhance their ability to be effective leaders. Each year’s theme reflects current trends and news of importance to the Judiciary. Please note this program is only available for administrative officials, managers, supervisors, and lead workers. Our workplace is changing. We are experiencing new benefits and added challenges to working across multiple generations. For the majority of us, there may be as many as five generations in one workplace. This has a dynamic impact on how we work together. Through an interactive approach, participants in this course will explore how to close the generational gap between colleagues and get the most out of relationships. The course will conclude with an action plan for creating an engaging and inclusive work environment. After all age is just a number. Bridging the Gap between the Generations

Business Writing for Professionals Writing with proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure affects how other people perceive us. Even if we are experts in our jobs, writing with errors lessens our credibility. This one-day program helps employees sharpen their writing skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. A detailed reference binder is provided. It includes sections on pitfalls in business writing, giving our writing a boost, spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and much more. Using examples and exercises, we will review best writing principles and help you brush up on those rules that might confuse you. Change Management 1–4 Change is the process of moving from one state of being to another. Whew…if only it was that easy! Change for most of us comes with great difficulty, but it doesn’t have to. The number one area of interest for our Judiciary managers and supervisors is change and conflict management. Both areas are critical when engaged in strategic evolution of an organization, which has been the case at the Judiciary for the past several years. This four-part series is being offered quarterly over the course of 12 months. If you register for this course, you are making a commitment to attend all four sessions. Each class will build on the previous class, culminating in the participant developing a plan for managing change and conflict more effectively. Course 1 : Introduction to Change and Conflict Management Course 2 : The Role of Leadership in Managing Change and Conflict Course 3 : Managing Change and Conflict Successfully Course 4 : Change and Conflict Management— Bringing it All Together Prerequisite: Bring a specific initiative you are currently involved with or gearing up for that requires a change management effort.

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Conflict Resolution This course is designed to help participants understand how to use conflict positively to strengthen relationships. Participants will learn what is happening in “high stakes” conversations, biologically, and psychologically. We will explore how to create a safe environment for themselves and others during tense discussions (e.g. performance appraisals). Participants will learn how to deal with difficult personalities, bad attitudes, and staff with personal hygiene issues. This course will help participants identify their preferred communication style and methods of dealing with conflict. adults over the age of 40. According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation, it’s a “healthcare crisis” affecting more than 300,000 people every year. Even the fastest paramedics could take eight to twelve minutes to get to a patient after he or she collapses. Quick access to an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by an engaged bystander could increase the odds of survival from about 5% to 40%, or higher! In collaboration with Maryland Special Police Officer Carl Owens to offer Judiciary employees (both county and state) an opportunity to become CPR/AED Certified. CPR/AED Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death among

Conducting Interviews Finding job applicants who are a great fit for your court or office can be a challenge. In this online course, you will learn what to do before, during, and after the interview. Time will be spent learning to craft behavior- based questions and eliminate illegal questions. By the conclusion, you will learn how to conduct an effective and lawful interview that will help you select the best person for the position. Before you hire another employee, be sure to make your decision based on facts and not your “gut feeling.” Conducting Meetings That Don’t Put People to Sleep This webinar explores answers to the question, “Why do people hate meetings?” Participants will learn about the importance of having an agenda, developing ground rules, and keeping members engaged and focused. Class discussion will include best practices for conducting effective and fun meetings. Conquering Chaos Do you ever feel buried under a mountain of tasks, either at the office or at home? Are paperwork, telephones, schedules, snail mail and e-mail cluttering your life and blocking your ability to accomplish your goals? Learn strategies to get and stay organized, end your procrastination, and boost your productivity. Imagine how great it will feel to gain more control of your precious time.

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Effective Communication Your ability to communicate effectively is at the center of a successful career. In this full-day course, learn how to polish your communication skills by focusing on active listening, personal filters, reflecting content, observing non-verbal communication, learning the three modes of behavior, giving and receiving feedback, and examining non-defensive communication skills. Enhance your ability to deliver clear and effective two-way communication. Effective Meetings Effective meetings are essential to completing tasks and projects, but few meetings are truly effective. This course follows the flow of a meeting, focusing on the initial decision to conduct a meeting, planning, participating in, and bringing the meeting to a successful conclusion. Learn to manage meeting obstacles such as conflicts and difficult personalities, as well as the influence that effective listening and nonverbal communication plays in a successful meeting. Employment Law for Supervisors This course is open to managers and supervisors. Participants will review the fundamentals of EEO law in order to identify and avoid the pitfalls that lead to EEO complaints. Participants will learn (1) how to conduct effective selection interviews to get useful information, (2) how to make good employment decisions using behavioral-based questions, and (3) how to recognize and avoid asking illegal questions. Managers and supervisors will learn how to identify and distinguish between appropriate workplace behavior and illegal or inappropriate workplace behavior. The course concludes with a section on making the most of EEO complaint procedures and following these procedures to effectively resolve complaints. Excelling in Your Career Onward and upward! In this course, participants will learn key techniques for career advancement within the Judiciary. This course focuses on effectiveness tips, assertiveness, self-confidence, as well as communication strategies. Take the time to focus on your career development, goal setting, and potential advancement within the Judiciary.

Creating a Work/Life Balance Most of us aspire to live a balanced life. We want to spend the appropriate amount of time and energy in each aspect of our lives. However, more and more this is becoming a challenge. This webinar will help you identify triggers that disrupt your sense of calm/balance, explore strategies to manage your inner critic, and develop an individual plan that includes strategies for blending career and well-being. Customer Service for Court Professionals If you have ever worked with customers, you know how challenging, yet rewarding, it can be. In this class, you will learn essential communication skills for dealing with difficult situations and methods to deliver services to the public without “losing your cool.” This is a full-day course and highly recommended for newly-hired Judiciary employees. Course highlights: • Using Behavior to Deliver Good Service • Dealing with Difficult Customers • Mastering Effective Telephone Communication Skills • Using the Components of Customer Service to Your Advantage Dealing with Difficult Customers When customers are confrontational, over-demanding, or unreasonable, it becomes harder than ever to deliver helpful, courteous service. This webinar examines ways to cope with customer demands and complaints, phrases to avoid when dealing with angry customers, understanding what your customers are not saying by assessing their voice and body language, and how your tone of voice can make the biggest impact on calming angry customers. Diversity Issues in the Workplace Participants will learn to appreciate the diversity they add to the Judiciary, as well as the diversity others bring. They will develop techniques to foster respectful communication and will explore the dangers in allowing bias to affect our working relationships. Participants will create strategies for working respectfully with diversity in their work team.

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Fairly Legal: The Value of Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Your Court This interactive, high-energy course for Judiciary staff explores the use of mediation as a vital part of our judicial process. The course focuses primarily on mediation, with some examination of other common alternative dispute resolution processes, such as negotiation, conciliation, and arbitration, in addition to settlement conferences and community conferences. Participants will experience some of the skills mediators use that also can be applied in professional settings and interpersonal relationships. First Aid In an emergency, every second counts, so preparation is key. In this course, you’ll learn how to respond to first aid situations and breathing and cardiac emergencies. Participants will have the opportunity to practice hands- on, lifesaving skills. Successful completion will include a certificate of Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. In collaboration with Maryland Special Police Officer Carl Owens to offer Judiciary employees (both county and state) an opportunity to become First Aid Certified. FISH! In this half-day customer service course, learn how to incorporate methods to make work more enjoyable and still deliver great customer service. Based on the four FISH! philosophy guidelines, participants will discover ways to use their creativity to Play, Make Their Day, Be There, and Choose Your Attitude. From Staff to Supervisor This webinar will help recently-promoted supervisors transition into their new position. We will discuss the top six challenges new supervisors and managers face when promoted into management: supervising former friends, communication, critical thinking, motivating the staff, problem solving, and delegation.

Fundamentals of Customer Service As representatives of the Maryland Judiciary, we have a responsibility to foster fair and efficient justice for all of our citizens. Upon the completion of this course, Judiciary employees will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the needs of both internal and external customers, use the most helpful customer service communication skills, and employ constructive techniques for dealing with challenging customers. This course includes seven modules, with each created to build upon the previous and designed to be completed sequentially. • Getting Started • Attitude of Serving

• Customer Basics • Diffusing Anger • Improved Communication • Saying It Better • Putting It Together

This course is designed for Judiciary employees who have the ability to work online during work time for approximately one and a half hours a week for seven consecutive weeks. Online content will include readings, narrated PowerPoints, and activities to support the learning. Employees will be expected to complete all assignments by their due dates in order to complete the course successfully.

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Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Getting It Done While Getting Along When spending 40+ hours per week at work, co-workers are likely to have conflict. This webinar can help you overcome conflict, solve several common productivity problems, and stop bad habits often found in today’s work environment. Participants will explore how effective communication, tone, and body language can impact relationships with co-workers. Giving and Receiving Feedback Frequent and effective feedback increases productivity and team harmony. Yet, many feel a sense of discomfort when feedback is needed. This course looks at feedback beyond saying “Great Job!” Techniques are provided for handling yourself professionally and effectively in common workplace situations, overcoming challenging personalities, and the influence of emotions. Explore feedback in four distinct roles: giving feedback, receiving feedback, giving criticism, and receiving criticism. action plans, and overcome barriers to bring you a sense of accomplishment. This course focuses on best practices for effective goal setting, the follow through of a well developed action plan, and chunking goals into manageable steps while evaluating your progress along the way. Learners will have the opportunity to develop both professional and personal S.M.A.R.T goals, as well as learning the tools for implementing and achieving them. Goal Setting With so much to get done, setting goals is essential. This webinar course will help learners create S.M.A.R.T goals, identify potential roadblocks, and find ways to overcome them while setting priorities. Whether short-term or long-term, goals help move us in a new direction. Goal Setting Turn a goal into a reality. Establish specific goals, utilize

Have you ever noticed how people can be so different from one another? Of course, you have. So, why do people behave in certain ways you may have difficulty understanding? While we will never be able to predict a person’s actions, we can better understand our behavior and the behavior of those around us. By using the Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment, we can examine our natural preferences for how we like to take in information, how we prefer to make decisions, and much more. With 50 years of reliability and validity research conducted, MBTI is the most widely used psychological assessment tool in the world. By better understanding our preferences and those of others, we can improve both our personal and professional daily interactions. The Magic of Performance Management This is a full day supervisory training that targets all aspects of performance management. Topics include legal issues, writing appraisals, goal setting, and continuous motivation. Special emphasis is placed on preparation, conducting, and follow up on performance appraisals. Course highlights: • Examining ways to handle employee reactions to performance appraisals • Identifying the three stages of the performance appraisal process • Keeping performance appraisals legally defensible • Discovering ways to recognize and reward employees

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Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Change Someone once said that the only constant in life is change. In the Maryland Judiciary, we are undergoing a number of major changes. We have MDEC, GEARS, CONNECT, software and computer upgrades — just to name a few. We also experience change in our personal lives as well. As a manager or supervisor, you need to not only be able to cope with change, but also be able to help your direct reports cope with their emotional response to change. In this webinar, which is specifically designed for supervisors, managers, and administrative officials, you will learn why people resist change and how to help your direct reports navigate the change process. You will also learn eight steps for implementing change and to meet the needs of your employees as they experience the change process. Motivating and Engaging Employees When our employees are motivated and engaged they are happier, produce better quality work, and create a more productive work environment. Whether it is during a time of change or to re-energize the team, learn new ways to motivate, encourage, and engage your employees. This course will cover different types of motivation, key elements of a plan to motivate, and the relationship between employee engagement and performance. Upon completing the course, learners will create an action plan to increase employee engagement. New Employee Orientation Getting off to a good start is critical to your success. This half-day program, designed and facilitated by Human Resources, is intended to provide foundational information for new employees getting started. This course is offered in conjunction with the Department of Technology Education’s New Employee Technology Orientation. The bi-monthly sessions are held on the day after HR on-boarding. Contact HR for more specifics. Persuasive Speaking This course, modeled after Toastmasters, is presented over four sessions held over four consecutive months. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development that helps individuals gain confidence in public speaking. Participants will gain experience in giving presentations and receiving peer feedback to support them in enhancing their public speaking skills.

Presenting Like a Pro Do you ever get “butterflies” before you speak to a group? Are you never quite sure what to say? Whether you’re speaking to 1 or 1000, learn techniques for presenting with confidence and composure. Polish your skills and enhance your personal presentation style in this two-day course. Course highlights include learning the following “how tos”: • Structure the content of your presentation, from start to finish • Reduce presentation anxieties and actually have fun • Improve your presentations by practicing in front of the group and reviewing your presentation on video Progressive Discipline It is never easy having the same conversation regarding performance with an employee multiple times. This in- person workshop reviews the Human Resources’ Policy on Disciplinary Actions, not as a punishment, but as a practice to aid employees in meeting job expectations. The course will focus on the importance of establishing clear expectations, convincing the employee that change is needed, obtaining a commitment to change, and developing an action plan for moving forward. Project Management Have you ever been faced with a tough challenge to change the way a task is done, improve the way your group performs a function, or implement something new? This Project Management course is in high demand amongst supervisors and managers across the Judiciary, and for good reason! Project Management brings together the application of knowledge, processes, skills, tools, and techniques to ensure project success. Once you learn the Project Management tools and guidelines, you can use them over and over again. This course presents the five phases of project management: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Easy to use templates are provided to help participants take concepts back to their courts to use when faced with managing projects. • Grab participants’ attention and keep it • Use visuals to boost your effectiveness

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Resolving Conflict In a self-directed, asynchronous, e-learning

environment, learners will look at what conflict is, how we view conflict, what contributes to conflict, and how we can successfully resolve conflict. Learners will be required to view conflict through a different lens after reviewing standards of conduct in the workplace and discovering how one method of resolving conflict is not appropriate for all conflicts. By applying this knowledge, learners will practice effective and appropriate resolution in the workplace. This course is designed for Judiciary employees who have the ability to work online during work time for approximately two hours a week for six consecutive weeks. Online content will include readings and activities to support the learning. Employees will be expected to engage in online discussion, write journal entries, and complete all assignments by their due dates in order to complete the course successfully. pleasurable experience. This course explores reasons our customers may be upset and the role emotional influences may have in the interactions. Participants will learn how to quickly build rapport with customers, adapt to different communication styles, and de- escalate tense conversations. Some of the topics that will be explored include the following: • Word choice to avoid trigger words and phrases • Managing expectations • Communicating bad news • Addressing complaints The course will conclude with practical applications for managing stress as the result of challenging interactions. Serving the Multi-Cultural Customer Court customers come from a variety of backgrounds and providing services to these individuals may be challenging. In this webinar, participants will enhance their understanding of the needs specific to certain cultures and explore techniques for communicating more efficiently across cultures and languages. Serving Challenging Customers Demanding and difficult customers are rarely a

Sharp Thinking We live in a knowledge-based society, and the more critical you think, the better your knowledge will be. Critical thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information so that you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur. This workshop will provide you with the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in your career and provide you with greater skills in your everyday life. Stress Management Managing stress is something we all must do but don’t always do effectively. In this course, participants will learn to identify the major sources of stress and the physiological changes that occur within the body when under stress. Participants will gain an understanding of how various personalities respond to stress and how to create a work/life balance as a method to reduce stress. How to communicate while managing high stress levels will be covered as well. Participants will develop a specific action plan, focusing on strategies for stress intervention. They will also walk away with a renewed commitment to themselves when managing their daily stressors.

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Supervisor and Manager Training This course is based on Alfred Kadushin’s model of supervision, focusing on the three main functions of supervision. This model provides a foundation for supervisors and managers in the best practices when leading a team, office, or department. Examine the important components of day-to-day management, such as drafting operational standards, creating practice and procedures to assure an efficient and smooth- running team. The model also addresses how to unlock individual team members’ potential and maximize their understanding and performance. Lastly, the workshop will explore creating and maintaining working relationships and managing emotional reactions amongst your team members. Supervisor and Manager Training In a self-directed, asynchronous, e-learning environment, learners will explore the following topics: • Your Changing Role as a Supervisor or Manager • Best Management Practices • Leading with Confidence • Communicating with Purpose • Problem Solving • Conducting Meetings That Don’t Put People to Sleep • Dealing with Change This course is designed for Judiciary employees who have the ability to work online during work time for approximately two hours a week for nine consecutive weeks. Online content will include readings, videos, and activities to support the learning. Employees will be expected to engage in on- line discussion, write journal entries, and complete all assignments by their due dates in order to complete the course successfully.

Train the Trainer This course provides our faculty members with an opportunity to hone their skills in the art and science of pedagogy. Participants in this two-day course will (1) understand adult learners and how they learn best; (2) construct effective and achievable learning objectives and understand their importance; (3) develop and utilize a variety of teaching techniques to ensure that learners of all types are achieving the desired outcomes; (4) design effective learning activities beyond the standard lecture mode of teaching to increase student retention and comprehension; (5) distinguish between learning and resource materials and make appropriate use of each; and (6) develop effective visual aids (PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.). Enrollment Max: 20. Prerequisite: Current Faculty for the Department of Professional Development. Understanding and Managing Stress In this webinar, participants will examine sources of stress and the toll it can take on physical, emotional, and relational health while exploring ways to reduce and eliminate stress. Participants will develop personal strategies to cope with stress. understand one’s own feelings, and that of groups, and how these emotions can influence motivation and behavior. The concepts of Emotional Intelligence have been around since at least the 1900’s, but the term was first introduced by Wayne Payne in 1985. This course focuses on: • Defining and practicing self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, and empathy • Understanding, using, and managing your emotions • Identifying the benefits of emotional intelligence • Relating emotional intelligence to the workplace • Balancing optimism and pessimism Working with Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence describes the ability to

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Working with Personality Types This online course is designed to introduce Judiciary employees to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is a personality assessment with over 50 years of reliability and validity research conducted. It is the most widely used psychological assessment in the world. Participants will take the MBTI as part of the course and use it to examine their natural preferences for how they like to take in information, how they prefer to make decisions, how they handle conflict, and much more. While self-discovery is the main focus, time will also be spent considering the preferences of others with whom they work closely and how best to use that information to make their interactions with co-workers more effective. In order to do this most efficiently, temperament types will be introduced. Working with the four temperament types makes implementing the MBTI easier to use in the workplace. As we better understand our preferences and those of others, we can improve both our personal and professional daily interactions. This course is designed for Judiciary employees who have the ability to work online during work time for approximately two hours a week for seven consecutive weeks. Online content will include readings, videos, and activities to support the learning. Employees will be expected to engage in on-line discussion, write journal entries, and complete all assignments by their due dates in order to complete the course successfully. Working with the Generations In this webinar, participants will learn why working with the four generations in the workplace can be challenging while also learning effective communication tips. Writing Effective E-Mail Do you know how to grab your reader’s attention? Do you practice e-mail etiquette? What do your e-mails say about you? In this half-day course, you will learn how to improve your e-mail communication by using effective writing techniques and the three-step format for structuring your e-mail messages. This course includes valuable time savers for sending and receiving e-mail as well as cautions everyone should know, such as when not to use e-mail.

Your Professional Image Your image is your brand. Just like any other brand, there are actions that can enhance and distract from your brand. In this webinar, participants will learn about the Judiciary’s dress code policy and how their appearance, actions, and attitude can affect interacting with court customers. Participants will also explore the role of non-verbal and written communication in enhancing one’s professional image. Everyone deserves to work in an environment that is free from harassment. This webinar will cover things to avoid in order to prevent harassment in the workplace and provide you with courses of action that are available to you in the event that harassment does occur. We all have a responsibility in creating a harassment-free workplace. You and the Judiciary This nine-week, online course is designed to introduce Judiciary employees to the different offices and courts that together form the Maryland Judiciary. Upon the completion of this course, Judiciary employees at all levels will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the federal and state government structure, explain the difference between civil cases and criminal cases, and identify the types of matters resolved at each level of the state judicial system. This course includes eight modules and a final assessment. • Branches of Government • Civil vs. Criminal Cases • District Court • Orphans’ Court • Circuit Court • Court of Special Appeals • Court of Appeals • Court Related Agencies/Court Administration/ Other Bodies This is a self-paced course; therefore, students may move through the modules at their own speed. However, all course lessons including quizzes and final assessments must be completed no later than the last day of the course. Your Role in Preventing Workplace Harassment

2018 Professional Development Course Catalog


Applicants to the Professional Development Certificate Programs may be state, county, or city–paid Judiciary employees. Certificate Programs - Overview

Institute for Court Management Certification Program (ICM) • Four years to complete. • Approximately nine training days per year.

• Information presented is applicable on a national and state level. • Nationally recognized certification awarded at the conclusion. • Program in existence in the Maryland Judiciary since 2010. • Must complete an assignment at the end of each course (not pass/fail). • Applicants may be state, county, or city-paid administrators, managers, supervisors, or lead workers (e.g. responsible for managing a program, providing staff orientation, and training responsibilities, etc.). • Applicants must submit an essay, a résumé, and a letter of recommendation from their Administrative Official as well as a completed application form. • ICM applications will be accepted in the fall of 2018.

Court Supervisor/Manager Certificate (CS/MC) • Three years to complete. • Approximately eight training days per year, including two electives. • Information specific to the Maryland Judiciary.

• Program in existence in the Maryland Judiciary since 2004. • Participants must complete a journal entry for each course. • Applicants must be supervisors, managers, lead workers, CPC or ICM graduates. • Applicants must have served two years as a full-time, regular employee of the Maryland Judiciary. • Applicants must submit an essay and a letter of recommendation from their Administrative Official as well as a completed application form. • CS/MC applications will be accepted in the fall of 2018.

Court Professional Certificate (CPC) • Three years to complete. • Approximately six training days per year, one elective not included. • Information specific to the Maryland Judiciary.

• Program in existence in the Maryland Judiciary since 2002. • Participants must complete a journal entry for each course. • Applicants must have served one year as a full-time, regular employee of the Maryland Judiciary. • Applicants may also be CS/MC or ICM graduates. • Applicants must submit an essay and a letter of recommendation from their Administrative Official as well as a completed application form. • Applicants may not be in a lead worker, supervisor, or manager position unless a graduate of CS/MC or ICM. • This program of study is not currently accepting applications.

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Certificate Programs Course Descriptions

Courses are listed in the order they occur within each program.

ICM Program Courses

Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts What are the purposes of courts? The answers to this seemingly rudimentary question are explored during this foundational ICM course. The course helps to connect today’s court professionals with the lofty ideals set forth by those who founded our country through an overview of Colonial history, the rule of law, and other important historical and current-day events and practices. To that end, participants explore the foundations of the third branch of government and assess whether their courts are performing as the Founding Fathers envisioned. In addition, participants learn how courts can balance the competing responsibilities to protect citizens’ due process rights while moving cases to disposition as efficiently as possible. This course is an opportunity for participants to consider how the principles underlying the purposes and responsibilities of courts, which are shared by all courts, can result in different ways of accomplishing the same goals. Throughout the course, participants will reflect on whether the performance, structure, operations, and processes of their court align with court purposes.

“The ICM courses offer an exciting and challenging opportunity to learn and grow in the Maryland Judiciary. The course work touches on many different topics relative to working in the courts, while also providing an avenue to meet other Judiciary employees, foster new relationships, and gain knowledge through shared experiences.”

~Larry Tucker, Deputy Director of Finance District Court Headquarters

Caseflow and Workflow Management

Budget and Fiscal Management Courts can only play their vital role in society if they have adequate financial resources. This course provides the knowledge required to maximize court funding in an atmosphere of intense competition from other government entities. Designed for court professionals with varying levels of involvement with the court’s budget, this course defines the building blocks of finance and explains how to plan, prepare, review, present, execute, and monitor a budget. Participants will review practical steps courts can take during difficult fiscal times, including maintaining open communication both within the court and with justice partners. In addition, the relationship between a court’s strategic plan and budgeting is explored. New content includes a focus on special budget issues related to facilities management. Throughout the course, participants engage in discussions and exercises designed to develop an understanding of how to manage a court’s financial resources.

Accountability and Court Performance


Visioning and Strategic Planning

High Performance Court Framework

Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts

Project Management for Courts

Operations Management

Public Relations

Educational Development

Budget and Fiscal Management

Workforce Management

2018 Professional Development Course Catalog


ICM Program Courses

Caseflow and Workflow Management This course will provide participants with the opportunity to discover and become familiar with known and proven elements of caseflow management (the protocols and actions a court provides for case processing) and workflow management (the elements and resources provided by a court in support of caseflow management activities). Participants will discuss, become familiar with, and access best practices, and will analyze the effectiveness of their court’s caseflow management system and practices. Influences and impacts on caseflow success will be illustrated and interpreted, to include impacts of practices and processes (backlogs, case and docket or calendar assignment, special case handling, and performance measurement). As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to complete the following: • Identify connections between effective caseflow and workflow management with the cost of delay. • Identify key strategies to manage and measure caseflow as they relate to case types and special issues. • Discuss protocols for monitoring performance and methods to identify emerging issues and potential resources needed to address them. • Identify variations in caseload type and complexity and assess implications for caseflow and workflow processes. • Identify situations where backlogs or other inefficiencies exist and recommendations for improvements. • Describe challenges that influence the ability to change caseflow management processes. • Develop an action plan to address relationships that enable the court to accomplish effective case management. The course will draw upon recent caseflow initiatives to include civil and criminal justice reform. Participants will also begin an action plan where challenges and strategies for caseflow success will be evaluated. Among the topics will be: court culture, dealing with change, relationships with justice system partners, and caseflow and workflow performance measurement and management.

Project Management for Courts In this module, participants are introduced to Project Management with an emphasis on court technology projects. As stated in the NACM Court Operations Management Core Competency, project management is an essential part of the business of courts today. A clear understanding of governance and project alignment with the court’s vision, mission and goals is fundamental to effective project management. Additionally, in the module we will discuss current, environmental factors, the need to learn from the past, document lessons learned in the present, and identify stakeholders and affected personnel during the initiation phase. By the end of this module participants will be able to: Explain governance in terms of project selection, support, and authorities. • Identify existing environmental factors that may affect the current project positively or negatively. • Research lessons learned on prior projects. • Set up a system to document lessons learned • Identify stakeholders and affected personnel. Accountability and Court Performance Courts, like all other organizations, are being pressed to provide evidence of their productivity through the use of performance measurement. While this can be difficult to achieve with high-volume caseloads, hundreds of courts around the world have successfully used various instruments, including the CourTools measures and the Court Performance Standards, to evaluate their performance. The information gathered with these tools is helpful not only in terms of processes such as strategic planning, but can also inform staffing decisions. Perhaps most important is the role statistics play in demonstrating to the community, media and funding authorities that the work of the courts is being performed efficiently. There are instruments that relate to trial courts and appellate courts, as well as various specialty dockets, including drug courts, elder courts and others. Using the data collected from the performance measurement instruments presented in this course can help provide a framework for courts to assess their performance across operations, embracing both internal and external stakeholders.

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