STAF119-0914: Communication & Conflict Management Module 1: Communication & Organizational Development
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.
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Instructor(s): Heather Howell, LVT, RVT, MBA
September 29-October 30, 2014
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Mondays, October 6, 13 and 20, 2014; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
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In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the
CE Practice Area
*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course is open to all veterinary staff with the focus of enabling team members to more effectively communicated and resolve conflicts. All three modules are recommended, but not required for participation or completion for each individual module.
VSPN CE Course: This course was RACE approved for veterinary technicians and veterinarians and is approved by VHMA for CVPM credits. (RACE #22-10753; VHMA #08-19)
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
Interpersonal communication and conflict management are essential tools in any business. This course intends to teach office managers, practice managers, veterinarians, and all support staff more effective communication and conflict resolution techniques. The intent is to impart knowledge and techniques that can be utilized with clients as well as coworkers when conflict occurs. The overall goal of all three modules of this series is for the participant to become a more knowledgeable and confident communicator. This module will introduce communication techniques and information about elements and structure of conversation. Listening techniques will also be presented. Organizational development will be discussed in terms of how it affects communication and workplace culture.
This course consists of three (3) ninety (90) minute Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple
choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- interpret and discuss communication methods and techniques.
- generate organizational behavior development and realize how it affects communication and teams.
- relate how organizational development and communication affects turnover.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
Heather Howell is a credentialed veterinary technician in CA and NV. She received her BS in Animal Science at UC Davis and her MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno. Since 1988, she has worked in all capacities of the veterinary hospital including hospital administrator, practice management consultant, and instructor. Heather has been a speaker both online and onsite for practice management and for basic veterinary assisting and veterinary technology courses for 15 years. As a practice management consultant her primary focus has been with communication of the team as well as intra- and interpersonal relations.
(Real Time Session October 6) and Week 2
(Real Time Session October 13):
These sessions will cover the basic knowledge of how we communicate with others. We will discuss methods of more effective listening and communicating. Social perception, elements of communication (transition events, turn taking, topic changing, termination, elicited meaning, interdependent behavior, choice and change), and listening will be covered. An awareness of ineffective communication styles and how to change them will also be gained.
(Real Time Session October 20):
This session will cover organizational development and behavior. Normal patterns of development will be covered to gain an understanding of the stages organizations go through during growth. How organizational structure and workplace culture support communication will also be discussed. This session will discuss leadership and mentoring others in communication styles.
CE Credits: 4.5
$90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by September 15, 2014)
* Enroll in all three Modules by October 6, 2014 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close at 5 pm ET October 6, 2014,
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
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- Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to
VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course
must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a
VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants;
personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration.
To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll
for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 4.5 continuing education credits in jurisdictions
which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some
boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or
restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education."
Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board). This course is VHMA approved for continual education units toward CVPM CE credit requirements
Course withdrawal and refund policy:
A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636)
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VSPN Course Catalog
The CE team:
Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN CE Coordinator
VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
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