Programs for Individuals

Join us for a one-day seminar, a four-day certificate program, or create your own training experience.

Whatever path you choose, HDO Professional Training gives you the knowledge, the skills, and the network to create your competitive advantage.

Upcoming Seminars

All of our fall 2021 seminars have reached their registration capacity. Click here to be notified when our spring 2022 course schedule is posted. 

Upcoming Certificate Programs

All of our fall 2021 certificate programs have reached their registration capacity. Click here to be notified when our spring 2022 program schedule is posted. 

One-Day Professional Seminars

HDO seminars combine cutting-edge research with real-world application to provide practical and immediately relevant tools for solving key organizational problems.

Businesses and nonprofits often bring outside specialists on board to improve their organization’s overall efficiency, creativity, and productivity. Participants in our seminars learn to function as “internal consultants,” equipped with new skills and insights to enhance their existing expertise and institutional knowledge.

By exploring specific human, cultural, and communicatory aspects of organizations alongside professionals from a diverse range of industries, participants leave HDO seminars more effective, well-rounded employees.

Four-Day Certificate Programs

Built on strong academic fundamentals and real-world relevance, HDO Certificate Programs are designed to enhance the portfolios of mid-and upper-level professionals.

Over the course of four days, you will gain immediately applicable tools and skills to accelerate your career, whether your goal is advancing in your current organization, deepening your capacities to excel in your existing role, or developing additional skills for a transition to a new position.

During your four-day experience, you will learn alongside and network with experienced professionals from a diverse range of industries. If you cannot commit to four consecutive days, you can also create your own program over the course of a semester.

Dr. Richmond-Garza was highly engaging and able to transmit an incredible amount of material to us in only a day’s time. The organization of the material and use of theater techniques was very interesting and useful. This seminar will enable me to pursue a more cognizant and consistent approach to understanding motivation.

Francis Tsang, Clinical Informaticist, Ascension Seton Medical Center

I’ve been in Executive Management for over 20 years. The courses I took in the HDO program helped me to gain a fresh perspective on management; specifically, on how people work. I highly recommend taking a seminar or obtaining a certification in this program.

Dorothy A. Benavidez, Executive Vice President, CRAssociates, Inc.

Caryn Carlson, a Professor of Psychology at UT Austin, has been teaching in our Professional Training programs since HDO was created in 2011. In this video, Dr. Carlson highlights how training participants will benefit from incorporating an understanding of human psychology into their professional toolkit.

Fall 2021 Seminars & Certificate Programs

NOTE: We are returning to in-person instruction for our fall 2021 courses. We are taking the following steps to provide a safe teaching and learning environment:

  • Requiring social distancing
  • Reducing participant maximums from 25 persons to 16 persons per course
  • Enhancing safety precautions (providing sanitation stations and individually packaged lunches, for example)
  • Encouraging all participants to wear masks as much as possible

If you feel ill prior to or on the day of your course(s), please do not come to campus! We will transfer your registration to a future program or semester free of charge.

One-Day Course Catalog

All of our fall 2021 courses have reached their registration capacity. Click here to be notified when our spring 2022 course schedule is posted. 

Certificate Programs

Strategic Leadership

Date: October 19-22, 2021

Registration Fee: $2,300-$3,000

The Strategic Leadership Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to enhance individual and organizational productivity and efficiency.  

Participants in this program gain tools to increase their use of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in workplace leadership; strategies to develop productive time management, prioritization, and project management techniques; ways to optimize personal and team performance through tools rooted in psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science; and principles of ethical leadership in situations of competing motivations.

This program has limited space remaining. 

Courses Included in This Program:

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

October 19, 2021

In this information-packed and interactive seminar, Consultant Jim Pacey and Psychologist Jacqueline Evans guide participants in developing the skills and knowledge they need to increase their use of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in workplace leadership.

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Achieving Balance: Time Management for Modern Professionals

October 20, 2021

Due to changes in work and technology, people’s personal and professional lives are more connected than ever before—and more fragmented, busier, more crammed with tasks and obligations. How can we regain work-life balance? How can we achieve confidence, clarity, and the ability to plan? In this one-day seminar, Dr. Clay Spinuzzi will use a mix of research, theory, and experience to discuss the challenges we face in planning our time and projects.

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Understanding and Managing Motivations: Uncovering Potentials

October 21, 2021

Literature, especially drama, provides concrete and practical cases that help us to understand how ethical decisions are made and to see how ethics and leadership intersect. This course will use dramatic texts to question the nature of ethical challenges and to explore ideas behind human motivation.

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Flourishing in the Workplace

October 22, 2021

This course presents practical strategies for optimizing personal and employee performance via identifying and utilizing character strengths, increasing positive emotion and flow, and creatively conceptualizing issues and solving problems.

Participants identify personally relevant areas for improvement or growth and work individually and in small groups to apply practical strategies presented in the course to enhance satisfaction and success both professionally and personally.

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Change Management

Date: November 2-5, 2021

Registration Fee: $2,300-$3,000

The Change Management Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to lead organizations and individuals through often disruptive change processes. 

Participants are given the tools to strategically manage change (and reduce change apprehension), examine the various behaviors and strategies that enable leaders to build resilient teams and organizations, develop practical strategies to enhance organizational diversity and inclusion, and foster behavioral change and exert greater influence.

This program has reached maximum capacity

Courses Included in This Program:

The Heart of Leadership: Moving Forward Through Change

November 2, 2021

This seminar draws on the disciplines of psychology and ethics to examine the various behaviors and strategies that enable leaders to build resilient teams and organizations. Participants will emerge with confidence that they know how to lead others through change successfully.

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Behavior Change & Influence

November 3, 2021 

Behavior Change and Influence is led by Psychology Professor and HDO’s Founding Director, Dr. Art Markman. Drawing on research that was the basis for his book, Smart Change (each participant receives a copy), Dr. Markman provides insights from cognitive science to help you achieve your goals in fostering behavioral change and exerting greater influence.

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Addressing Change-o-Phobia: Leading Change Up and Down the Org Chart

November 4, 2021

Changing an organization’s policies, culture, or operating procedures requires the utmost in persuasive strategies. Drawing on rhetorical theory and organizational psychology, this workshop will help you understand why people resist change, plan out steps for introducing changes, and design communications promoting change directing at different kinds of audiences.

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Designing a More Diverse and Inclusive Organization

November 5, 2021

In this seminar, we explore some specific ways your organization can move beyond rhetoric and good intentions to action and impactful outcomes. In addition to learning about some of the most relevant research in this area, participants will have the chance to collaborate in small groups to generate practical solutions that address real-world problems.

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Communication & Leadership

Date: September 14-17, 2021

Registration Fee: $2,300-$3,000

The Communication & Leadership Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to be strong communicators as leaders or aspiring leaders.

Participants in this program gain skills that enable them to employ communications to empower others, recognize and balance colleagues’ competing motivations, understand how cultural awareness can contribute to ethical and effective decision-making, and deploy the concepts, strategies, and scripts of successful negotiation.

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Courses Included in This Program:

The Art and Science of Negotiation

September 14, 2021

This seminar explores the central concepts, strategies, and scripts of successful negotiation. Negotiation, understood broadly, is an element of nearly every relationship and enterprise. Our premise is that successful negotiators employ interpersonal skills characterized by an artful deployment of both empathy and cunning — that is, heart and mind.

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Ethics, Culture, and Leadership

September 15, 2021

This course focuses on how awareness of culture can contribute to ethical leadership and good decision-making in organizations. Participants will use case studies to think about ethical issues in organizations related to topics such as compliance, technology use, health and illness, and sustainability.

These topics are considered from a global perspective emphasizing how cultural values inform ethical decision-making and how different ethical and cultural systems address and define moral issues that arise in organizations.

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Communicating for Impact

September 16, 2021

Whether an individual communication is complex or not, it needs to be crafted thoughtfully by engaging your audience in relevant and meaningful ways. If you don’t take the time to do so, your communication will still have an impact, but not necessarily the one you intend.

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Understanding and Managing Motivations: Uncovering Potentials

September 17, 2021

Literature, especially drama, provides concrete and practical cases that help us to understand how ethical decisions are made and to see how ethics and leadership intersect. This course will use dramatic texts to question the nature of ethical challenges and to explore ideas behind human motivation.

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Organizational Improvement

Date: October 5-8, 2021

Registration Fee: $2,300-$3,000

The Organizational Improvement Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to build and lead better-functioning organizations.

Participants are given the tools to build better organizational approaches to reduce instances of and mitigate the impacts of human error, utilize historical thinking to act strategically in an atmosphere of uncertainty, craft authentic organizational narratives, and learn strategies for managing and embracing change.

Registration Closed

Courses Included in This Program:

Addressing Change-o-Phobia: Leading Change Up and Down the Org Chart

October 5, 2021

Changing an organization’s policies, culture, or operating procedures requires the utmost in persuasive strategies. Drawing on rhetorical theory and organizational psychology, this workshop will help you understand why people resist change, plan out steps for introducing changes, and design communications promoting change directing at different kinds of audiences.

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Risky Business: Human Error & Organizational Resiliency

October 6, 2021

This course provides participants with core scientific principles from psychology and engineering to help better understand what human error is, and ways of building barriers to keep errors from turning into major events. This seminar is helpful for people at all organizational levels and positions. The tools provided will empower participants to reduce error, both in their organizations and their personal lives.

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Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times

October 7, 2021

As a participant in this seminar, you will learn how to: (1) leverage historical thinking for effective leadership; (2) become a better strategic thinker; (3) define and guide change, even in a resistant environment; (4) anticipate future changes in your field; and (5) define your self-image as a leader.

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Telling Your Story: Crafting an Honest, Effective Organizational Narrative

October 8, 2021

Meaning is critical to personal and organizational success. A strong and honest personal and organizational narrative is the way that we communicate meaning. It is crucial that an organization’s narrative can be naturally interwoven​ with the personal stories and values of employees and customers, and that it evolves along with the personal journeys of those stakeholders as well as the wider cultural and business environment. Participants in this course will be presented with methods for identifying and developing these narratives.

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Additional One-Day Courses

The Cognitive Science of Career Management

Many of the hurdles you face throughout your career are, first and foremost, psychological challenges. In this course, Dr. Markman will show you how to use your different mental systems—motivational, social, and cognitive—to manage these challenges more effectively.

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Decisions by Design

Quality decisions can be measured by their level of clarity, efficiency, and commitment. In this seminar, we explore a decision-making approach that focuses on each of these at the right point in the process with the right people involved.

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Just Stop: Zen, Stress, Anxiety, and Uncertainty

This course draws on the field of cultural anthropology as well as insights from Japanese Zen to think about how to deal with and embrace the problem of uncertainty in our lives and work.

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Maximizing Mental Agility

The course focuses on six areas of thinking that provide easy-to-learn strategies rooted in Cognitive Science that will help people to be more productive, efficient, creative, motivated, and satisfied in their working lives, and beyond.

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Millennials, Innovation, and the Future of Work

Millennials are a generation on the rise and yet our understanding of the most diverse cohort in U.S. history often leads to misunderstanding and missed opportunities. Drawing from the field research that informs his new book, Don’t Knock the Hustle: Young Creatives, Tech Ingenuity, and the Making of the New Innovation Economy, UT Austin Professor S. Craig Watkins explores why organizations must reset their views about millennials.

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Persuading Like an Entrepreneur

In this one-day seminar, Dr. Clay Spinuzzi uses examples from his research on startups and his expertise in rhetoric and communication to illustrate how persuasion works and to discuss principles that can make us more persuasive — in our ventures, our organizations, and our lives.

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