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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.

Navigating Group Dynamics

This session will help you understand the complex nature of group dynamics and provide you with practical strategies to manage them effectively. Whether planning an overseas study program or a service-learning project, this training will equip you with the tools to ensure a positive experience for all involved. Key subjects covered in this program encompass proactive measures for adapting to evolving group dynamics, honing conflict resolution competencies, mastering effective communication skills, grasping the influence of culture on group behavior and decision-making, and crafting an environment that encourages collaboration and mutual respect.

Assessing Risk in Program Development

In this training session, program leaders will grasp key principles of risk analysis in designing educational programs. Through interactive discussions and practical examples, participants will learn to identify potential hazards related to destinations, activities, and cultural contexts. The session will emphasize efficient techniques for evaluating risks, prioritizing concerns, and devising initial risk mitigation strategies. By the end of this training, leaders will be better equipped to integrate fundamental risk assessment practices into their program development process, ensuring a safer and more rewarding experience for their participants.

Supporting Student Mental Health (In-Person)

Join us for an informative session focused on fostering student mental health during programs. During this session, participants will gain valuable insights into identifying signs of potential mental health concerns and acquiring practical skills for implementing effective interventions. By attending, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to create a conducive environment that prioritizes the well-being of students throughout their program experiences.

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.