Intensive Training Seminars

​Intensive Training Seminars are offered in person only

​Well-being Culture Coach Training and Certification

Judd Allen, PhD
President, Human Resources Institute, LLC
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Richard Safeer, MD, FACLM, FAAFP, FACPM
Chief Medical Director, Employee Health & Well-being, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,  Johns Hopkins University
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Cultures and sub-cultures are complex webs of social influences on attitudes and behavior. This training teaches core strategies for creating cultural environments that support physical, social and psychological well-being. The training draws upon the experiences of Dr. Richard Safeer, Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Well-being at Johns Hopkins Medicine and from Judd Allen, Ph.D. at the Human Resources Institute with experience from over 600 business, government and community organizations.

CHES® - 14.0 (4 Entry + 10 Advanced)

The Neuroscience of Wellness: How Organizations can Leverage Neuroscience to Enhance Individual Wellness

Raquel Garzon, DHSc, RDN, CPT, SSGB
President, Revitalize Project, Inc.
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Individuals typically want to feel like they are truly thriving as well as feel inspired and empowered to engage in behaviors that lead to positive results. Most organizations strive to help individuals engage in healthy behaviors, offering a variety of incentives, programs, interventions, and solutions to help employees achieve enhanced wellness. However, the reality is that individuals find themselves struggling to stay motivated to make difficult change and end up reverting back to bad habits, instant gratification, and wellness procrastination. Leaders, human resources personnel, and wellness professionals end up frustrated unsure of why the multiple programs and offerings for wellness were not fully leveraged by employees, especially by the ones that would benefit most.

The solutions for both individuals and organizations may lie in neuroscience, which encompasses behavioral outputs based on signaling within the brain and nervous system. Most wellness solutions are focused on changing outputs, such as what and how much people eat, what and how much exercise they do, how much sleep they get, and what they need to do to better manage stress. Of course, knowing what is ideal, better, or healthier is great, but it is not enough. Wellness behaviors are outputs that reflect what is happening in the internal environment of an individual and if we can change how inputs are processed in the brain, outputs or behaviors will also change.

This session will provide an overview of the neuroscience of behavior and self-regulation, which is required when individuals need to integrate inputs from our nine senses, along with internal signals that influence emotional processing and cognitive reasoning, in order to intentionally choose the appropriate and corresponding response or behavior in any given situation. The concepts of survival-mode versus safety-mode will be discussed and why certain individuals may be more prone to triggering survival-mode compared to others. Factors that influence how individuals take in and process inputs that subsequently impact the body, emotions, mind, and resulting behaviors will be outlined. Many of the factors that negatively contribute to survival-mode and lead to poor health behaviors are pervasive in the workplace, home, and overall environment. Factors that contribute in positive ways are more elusive and require more effort and intention.

Finally, strategies for how individuals and organizations can create an environment to promote safety-based states in individuals will be provided. Attendees will learn how to positively influence inputs, internal signaling, and emotional/cognitive processing to improve wellness behaviors in themselves and others. The information provided can be used with leaders, wellness professionals, and employees to create programs, work environments, systems/processes, and a culture that promotes wellness.  The session will be organized into teaching segments interspersed with the application of neuroscience-based strategies for themselves or within their organizations.

CHES® - 14.0 

​Evaluating Workplace Health Promotion Programs

Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD
Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, IBM Watson Health
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One of the greatest challenges facing health promotion professionals is documenting the performance and impact of their programs. To justify ongoing support for health promotion initiatives, program managers often declare that health promotion and disease prevention are “the right thing to do.”  However, program sponsors require proof that these programs are worth the investment and produce both a positive return-on-investment (ROI) and value-on-investment (VOI).

This intensive training seminar will provide the skills and insights for designing and implementing effective measurement and evaluation programs for workplace health promotion.  The session will address such topics as: How is health promotion evaluation research performed? How can program managers gather documentary evidence that proves their programs have impact? Is such research, in fact, doable? What evaluation studies can program managers do themselves, and when is it wise to bring in outside experts?

The training will provide a practical measurement and evaluation framework which is first directed at small businesses that cannot afford large and expensive studies. For individuals not trained in advanced research methods, the training offers easy to implement techniques on ways to design and administer evaluation surveys and how to present data from these. For individuals with advanced training in program evaluation, the training will review techniques and principles used in sophisticated and rigorous applied research studies and how these can be adapted to health promotion evaluations.  Finally, the training will provide an overview of some of the most highly referenced studies and the methods used in those studies. The session will combine theoretical and practical approaches to program evaluation with plenty of opportunity to try out ideas with other ITS participants.

CHES® - 14.0 (4 Entry + 10 Advanced)

​Holistic Stress Management Instructor Training

Brian Luke Seaward, PhD
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This workshop is designed to train all allied health professionals to teach, direct or facilitate quality stress management presentations/workshops at their worksite. The focus of this intensive workshop is holistic—honoring the integration, balance and harmony of mind, body spirit and emotions for optimal well-being. The purpose of this workshop is two-fold: 1) to gain a sound background in the holistic approach to stress management, (addressing not only the causes of stress through effective coping skills, but the symptoms of stress with effective relaxation techniques), and 2) to learn, refine and practice excellent teaching skills in which to share this knowledge most effectively, whether it is through a one-hour presentation or a 16 week college credit course. Professionals who have greatly benefited from this workshop include: nurses, social workers, counselors, schoolteachers, wellness directors, therapists, health educators, college professors and physicians, and those wishing to make a career change. Special focus includes the topics of burnout, work-life balance, healthy boundaries, stress & nutrition, mindfulness and improved sleep quality.

CHES® - 14.0 (7 Entry + 7 Advanced)