Humanitarian Action Leadership Professional Training

Short-Term Courses for Busy Professionals

The EMU Humanitarian Action Leadership program aims to assist organizations in professional training of their staff. These short-term courses are available through online delivery (typically six modules offered over 12 weeks) or in a face-to-face intensive classroom format (3-7 days). The curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to meet your organization’s needs. The cost is negotiable depending on the organization, length of course and number of students. Minimum course size is eight students.

Contact Info

To learn more email or call 540-432-4192.

HAL Professional Training Options

Organizations are invited to suggest or request trainings that are pertinent to particular grant requirements or agency needs.

This course is designed for those who lead or are preparing to lead teams of persons. The course provides a theoretical framework centering on the diverse aspects of leadership with special emphasis on Servant and Transformational leadership within different cultural contexts and with multicultural teams. Students will engage in self-reflection regarding their own leadership skills and styles. Biblical case studies including Moses and Lydia will be explored.

Humanitarian, development, and mission workers are often part of centralized or dispersed teams. These teams provide support but are often also a source of stress. Students in this course will explore group dynamics theory including the functions and features of groups, group structure, group development and leadership. Specific teambuilding skills will be presented and practiced. Emphasis will be placed on each student understanding their own style in a group and on basic group processes of planning and facilitating effective meetings, decision-making, problem solving, and conflict.

Financial Management
This course offers an introduction to accounting principles and practices. No background in accounting is assumed. The course includes explanation of and experience with reading or preparing financial statements and a discussion of a conceptual framework that provides rationale for accounting practices. Other topics include managing exchange rates and exploring audits in international settings.

Students in this course will be offered an overview of evaluating business concepts and each student will develop a business plan for a small business for their setting and skills. Topics include the small business life cycle, financing, employment relations, accounting, marketing, ethical and moral considerations, and exploring resources available to small businesses. Real-world case studies will expose students to the challenge of running a small business.

Project Management and Evaluation 
Humanitarian, development and mission workers are increasingly utilizing projects (often grant funded) to perform activities and operations, creating a growing requirement for specific management skills and tools in areas of project management. Applying theory and practice, this course explores management needs through each phase of the project life-cycle, from initiating, planning, performing, and closing projects. Projects are often funded differently than ongoing operations, and this course provides special consideration of that reality.

Cross-Cultural Discipleship and Multicultural Teams 
Jesus’s incarnational ministry and Paul’s missional life are our first models of discipleship. This course explores these and other examples of effective cross cultural discipleship across time and geography. Students will identify themes and apply them to their current situation. Walking alongside others, listening, modeling and equipping must come from the student’s own incarnational presence in the culture. Worldview assumptions and barriers to incarnation will be explored in the quest for authentic witness and mission.

Skills for Peacebuilding
This course focuses on a beginning level of understanding and analysis of complex causes of conflict along with essential skills and knowledge for facilitating conflict transformation in interpersonal and small group settings. Students will be introduced to basic processes including assessment, negotiation, mediation, group facilitation, advocacy, team building, and restorative practices. Students will practice the skills of self-awareness, listening, issue identification, nonviolent communication, problem-solving, methods for structuring conversation in group settings, and awareness of the impact of self on others.

Ministry in Times of Trauma
This course examines the physiological, psychological, spiritual and social impact of trauma. Traumatic life experiences come in many forms, touch multiple networks of relationships and systems, and call for a complex set of responses. The church must be equipped to respond. Students will explore how the Christian community with its transforming practices of truth-telling, forgiveness, reconciliation, restorative justice and peacebuilding can lead to the shalom of God’s present and coming kingdom, both within the church, and through the church, to the larger world. Students will examine a healing path that integrates theology, spiritual practices and counseling skills.

Intercultural Competence 
This course is intended to develop respectful intercultural understanding. It provides tools to improve personal skills for effective engagement in a culturally diverse work setting. It will include a specific focus on skills for intercultural team management. The student will be introduced to theories of key thinkers in the field of Intercultural Communications. Specifically the course will provide opportunity to explore intercultural issues around gender, religion, conflict, communication, law and ethics. Students will be encouraged to apply class concepts to situations in the local community, their workplace, or a global setting.

Learn more about the training programs offered by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program.

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