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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Training & Development

group in-person or online

Ongoing investment in training and development can help organizations ensure that they have the appropriate knowledge and skills to inspire its employees to achieve optimum results and success. Ebony Consulting provides a comprehensive suite of training and development services to assist you meet your business goals and objectives. Customized workshops are also available.

Each workshop is highly interactive and designed to foster frank, open, candid and honest discussion within a context of trust; and engage a number of training methodologies including: 

  • Case studies

  • Role-play

  • Games

  • Presentation

  • Lecture

  • Storytelling

  • Small/large group discussion

  • Videos

  • Assessments

  • Simulations

  • Coaching

  • E-learning

We offer a wide range of customized curriculum that might not be listed, but may meet your organizational needs.  If you are interested in delivering a workshop that is not listed please contact us.

Below, you will find our most-request workshops, arranged by audience:

All Employees    |   Leaders     |    Human Resources Practitioners   |   Committees 

 
From Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion

Research demonstrates that everyone has unconscious biases that operate subconsciously. One of the biggest hurdles to addressing our unconscious biases is when we deny that they exist. The first step to interrupt our unconscious biases is to recognize situations where they tend to show up. 

 

This workshop goes beyond simply identifying unconscious bias and its impacts, and helps participants understand the how they can make a meaningful difference in shifting unconscious bias to conscious inclusion in their organizations in areas such as: communications, recruitment/selection, performance reviews and client service.

Duration: 1 day

Audience: All Employees

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Diversity and Inclusion: Beyond Diversity 101

The concepts of diversity and inclusion have been discussed and debated for quite some time; however, many organizations are still struggling to achieve equity, inclusion and harmonious environments. 

 

Through the use of a reflective practice framework, this workshop will help participants to learn more about what they actually know about their own diversity, the diversity of others and the outcomes of increased diversity and inclusion awareness. In this safe space, participants are encouraged to "look in the mirror” and explore and examine their ways of knowing and understanding diversity from a variety of lenses. 

Duration: 1 day

Audience: All Employees

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An Introduction to Cultural Competency in the Workplace

Canadian society is diverse and represents over 200 ethnic groups - each with difference racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. Meeting the needs of this increasingly diverse population requires employees with the awareness, knowledge and skill to respond effectively across cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.

This interactive workshop provides an introduction to cultural competency. It includes clarity of terms related to cultural competency, an increased awareness of the influences of culture in the workplace and broader society and an understanding of the overall importance of cultural competence.

Duration: 1 day

Audience: All Employees

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Integrating Cultural Competency into Daily Practice

As demographics continue to become more diverse, progressive organizational leaders recognize that culturally-competent client service is no longer a "nice to have", but rather an essential for positive business results. 

 

This workshop will increase participants' cultural proficiency and consciousness, their capacity to deliver culturally responsive client services and provide them with strategies to thrive.

 

Participants will also be guided though a cultural assessment to uncover their and their organization's level of cultural competency. These assessments will assist in developing action plans to further individual and organizational goals for organizational cultural competence.

Duration: 1 day

Audience: All Employees

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Communicating in Diverse Contexts: The Power of the Word

Inclusive communications builds trust and rapport within workplaces. Research indicates that leaders who work to foster inclusive communications enjoy high performing organizational cultures and teams. 

 

This workshop will provide participants with practical strategies for communicating across differences; as well as equip them with skills such as an increased understanding of different communication styles, how to engage appropriate language when referring to diverse groups, how to recognize and combat barriers to inclusive communications.

Duration: 1 day & 1/2 day sessions available

AudienceAll Employees

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Maximizing on the Benefits of Multi-Generations in the Workplace Through Mindfulness and Inclusion

Today’s organizations include up to five generations working side by side. Multi-generational diversity in the workplace adds to the already complex realities of a diverse workplace.  

 

This workshop will unpack the generations' "ways of knowing" in terms of their various viewpoints, perspectives, conditions, attitudes and behaviours. Participants will also learn a number of strategies to maximize the benefits of having multiple generations in the workplace for organizational health and effective results.  

Duration: 1 day & 1/2 day sessions available

Audience: All Employees

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Fostering Teamwork Through a Respectful and Civil Workplace

Everyone deserves a workplace that is safe and where they are treated with fairness, dignity and respect. When there is a clear understanding and agreement that everyone has a role to play in building a culture of respect and civility, everyone benefits.

This workshop enables participants to fostering a respectful, civil and healthy workplace through collaborative efforts. Through self-reflection, discussion and practice activities, participants will engage in topics such the characteristics of a civil, respectful and healthy workplace; the interplay between diversity & inclusion and civility & respect; and disrespectful and inappropriate workplace behaviors.

Duration: 1 day

Audience: All Employees

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Strategies for Creating Spaces for Inclusive Conversations = High Performing Workplace Cultures

Whether in the workplace or the community, the way we speak to one another matters.  Inclusive communications in the workplace has proven to build trust and respect and create a sense of belonging for employees. Conversely, situations sparked by stereotyping, discrimination and unconscious bias can create workplace challenges. 

 

This one-day workshop will help participants gain confidence in engaging in inclusive or difficult conversations on one or more dimensions of diversity (race, age, gender, gender identity, etc.). 

Requires completion of pre-workshop assignments.

Duration: 1 day

Audience: All Employees

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Leading Courageous Conversations on Race

Often grounded in fear, our differences can get in the way of inclusive conversations in the workplace, especially when related to race. This workshop is not about fear, blame or guilt. Instead, it invites participants into a safe space where they can ask tough questions and engage in dialogue on race.  

 

This workshop helps participants see that they are not alone in their fears when talking about race.  Participants will not only gain self awareness, they will also gain increased level of racial consciousness through reflective practice,  transformative learning and change. This one-day workshop is challenging and interactive and requires full participation. 

Requires completion of pre-workshop assignments.

Duration: 1 day

AudienceAll Employees

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Building Diversity and Inclusion into Teaching Practice

Research demonstrates that student success is nurtured through inclusive classroom and teaching practices. As today's classrooms become more and more diverse, educators must ensure that they are meeting the needs of all of their students by infusing equity, diversity and inclusion into their teaching practice.

 

This two-day workshop provides participants with an opportunity to explore individual teaching practices and discover strategies to infuse equity-based teaching into their pedagogical practices. Participants will increase their cultural competency consciousness and engage best practices in universal design for learning to foster more equitable and accessible learning environments. 

Duration: 2 days

AudienceAll Employees

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From Managing to Building Coaching Practices for Organizational Success

One of the most important responsibilities of any leader is to engage employees to work to their full potential.  A key element to achieving this goal is to infuse sound coaching techniques into a leader's daily practices. 

 

This course will provide participants with knowledge and skills  that will help to build relationships, effective communication and overall organizational performance.  At the end of this workshop, participants will have an understanding of effective coaching skills and be equipped with creative strategies for engaging and developing their teams.

Duration: 1 day

Audience: Leaders

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Building Business Excellence by Strengthening Inclusive Leadership Competencies

Do you wonder how your social conditioning informs your worldview, your relationships with others and your leadership style?  Has infusing diversity into systems, policies and practices within your organization been a struggle? Can you fully-grasp the powerful influence of diversity within your organization?

 

This highly interactive workshop is designed to help answer these questions and enhance key leadership competencies for building meaningful and effective diversity and inclusion measures into your leadership abiliites.

Duration: 1 day

Audience: Leaders

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Leading a Workplace Culture of Respect and Civility 

A civil and respectful workplace doesn't just happen. It must be created. What is your organization doing to create a civil and respectful workplace? Managers are responsible for creating a culture of respect and civility in the workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination. They're also expected to model the appropriate workplace behaviors and set the tone for their employees.

 

This one-day workshop is for managers who wish to develop practical, strategic and innovative ways to build a culture of respect and civility in their work environments. Participants will better understand the role of leadership in nurturing a respectful workplace culture and be equipped with strategies for dealing with incivility and disrespectful behaviours.

 

Duration: 1 day

Audience: Leaders

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Inclusive Recruitment and Selection Processes 2.0

Diversity and inclusion competencies are essential to assisting organizations achieve a workforce that reflects the society they serve. This is particularly true of the human resources practitioners who are tasked with the pivitol role of recruiting and selecting new employees.

This workshop will introduce participants to the key steps to ensuring inclusive recruitment practices including the barriers faced by diverse candidates and strategies to remove these challenges.  

 

Duration: 1 day

Audience: Leaders | Human Resources Practitioners

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Organizational Readiness for the Diversity & Inclusion Journey

Integrating diversity and inclusion into organizational cultures remains an ongoing challenge for many organizations today. 

 

This workshop is for those who've hit a roadblock in terms of advancing their diversity and inclusion agenda. It will help participants examine current practices and jumps start their existing diversity and inclusion programming. Through proven developmental models, best practices and  methodologies, participants will learn to draw on their individual and collective strengths to position their organization for success in advancing diversity and inclusion.   

Duration: 1 day

Audience: Leaders | Human Resources Practitioners | Committees

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