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Training & Presentations

Welcome to the Training and Presentations page of Duke University’s Office of Global Health and Safety. Our office is committed to promoting the health and safety of the Duke community while traveling abroad. Attending training and presentations can equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate health and safety challenges throughout your program.

Scheduled Training and Presentations

We regularly schedule general training and presentations throughout the year. To register for these events, select the desired event and follow the registration link. Each event, facilitated by experienced OGHS team members, covers essential health and safety topics.

Managing Challenging Student Interactions (Virtual)

This training session is tailored for program facilitators to enhance their skills in managing challenging student situations within the unique context of hands-on learning. This workshop offers practical strategies for addressing complexities that may arise during experiential activities, fostering a positive and constructive atmosphere. Through interactive discussions and case studies, participants will gain valuable insights into managing behavioral challenges, conflicts, and emotional dynamics in experiential settings.

Swift Response: Crisis Management Training (In-Person)

Dive into the intricacies of crisis management with “Swift Response,” a tabletop-style training designed exclusively for program directors of experiential education programs. This hands-on session will immerse you in realistic scenarios, encouraging active participation in decision-making, problem-solving, and strategic planning. Equip yourself with the skills needed to navigate unforeseen challenges, make informed decisions, and ensure the safety and well-being of participants in various experiential settings. Join us for an engaging training that goes beyond theory, providing practical insights to enhance your crisis management readiness.

Compassionate Responses: Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Experiential Education Programs (In-Person)

This training session is designed to equip program directors with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address sexual misconduct within their programs. Participants will gain insights into the unique challenges of addressing sexual misconduct in experiential education settings and explore best practices for creating a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. Upon completion of the training, program directors will be better equipped to navigate the complexities of addressing sexual misconduct, fostering a culture of safety, and promoting the well-being of all individuals involved in experiential education programs.

Weathering Change: Climate Impacts on Programs in the Field (Virtual)

Delve into the specific impacts of climate change on field programs. From the increasing frequency of extreme weather events to the unpredictability of shifting environmental patterns, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools to proactively address health and safety concerns, fostering a culture of preparedness. Explore real-world examples, such as the rise in heat-related injuries, illustrating how climate change is influencing students’ experiences in the field. Learn strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of participants in this evolving landscape, adapting to the challenges posed by a changing climate.

Customized Training Programs

In addition to scheduled community training, OGHS offers customized training programs tailored to your group’s specific needs. Whether a faculty-led program, a student group, or a department planning an international trip, we can design a presentation that meets your unique requirements. The OGHS team can provide in-depth health and safety briefings, address cultural differences and norms, or prepare you for potential emergencies.

To request a customized program, complete the request form linked below. Our team will work to create a training or presentation that meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all training events and presentations are free of charge.

All Duke students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend scheduled training and presentations. Custom training events are reserved only for the participants designated by the requesting department.

The length of each event varies depending on the topic and format. Generally, training events last between 1-2 hours.

To register to attend a scheduled training or presentation, select the event in the menu above. Follow the registration link in the description to secure your spot.