Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3177

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On Demand Courses

On demand courses are now available through PACE.

Do you lead a busy lifestyle, but still want to improve professionally? Do you need to take a CE course for re-licensure, or would like to enrich your life at your own “PACE?"

Oakland University is proud to announce a new online learning opportunity called OU On Demand which is customized just for you. These are courses that participants can take anywhere, at any time. The online course format may range from completely self-study to self-study that is facilitated by our expert faculty.

We hope you will join us as we launch this innovative learning adventure.

Center for Human
Animal Interventions

CHAI Animal Law On Demand Course

Course Description

Incorporating animals into therapeutic sessions is becoming a more common component of a therapeutic strategy or volunteer activity. This course will reflect the ever-changing nature of our legal system as it pertains to animals and the relevant laws that practitioners should be aware of. This course will also address any criminal penalties (if any) for violating such laws.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discriminate between legal views and personal views of animals. 
  2. Disseminate the legal and literal differences between therapy animal, service animal, and emotional support.
  3. Find applicable laws including known animal law cases.
  4. Identify the risks involved in relevant animal assisted therapy environments.

Course Facilitator

Amy Johnson, Oakland University School of Nursing

Animal Welfare in Animal Assisted Therapy Workshop

In order to ensure the safety of all involved, animal welfare needs to be better understood and incorporated into Animal Assisted Interventions. This course will be an introduction to identifying dog body language and ensuring that the dogs' 'like' their job as co-therapist and not just tolerate it.

This short course highlights the importance of animal welfare in animal assisted interventions. In an effort to ensure the safety of the practitioner, client and animal, it is critical that the practitioner can identify stressors in dogs and understand how their own stress can impact their dog's stress. This course will be an introduction to identifying dog body language and ensuring that the dogs' 'like' their job as co-therapist and not just tolerate it.

Registration opens January 15, 2018. Click here to register.

About the Instructor
CJ Bentley has been with the Michigan Humane Society for over 20 years. She started as a volunteer involved in developing MHS’ first dog behavior department, and soon joined the staff as the manager/creator of the groundbreaking Pawsitive Start dog training and in-shelter enrichment programs. She currently serves MHS as their Sr. Director of Operations where she is responsible for all shelter-related activities in their three animal care campuses, one Petco adoption center and four off site cat adoption locations.

CJ is the past Executive Director of the Association of Professional Trainers, a current instructor for an Animal Assisted Therapy on-line program at Oakland University and a member of the MHS Police Academy training team. She teaches dog obedience classes, provides behavior modification programs for difficult dogs and is a sought after speaker, published author, radio, and TV spokesperson on dog behavior and training.
Top Level Leadership

Top Level Leadership: Communicate to get results from your team, your leadership, your board, or your life 

Oakland University’s Top Level Leadership training course is designed to help you learn strategies to gain control of difficult situations and people, unlock your full potential, grow your career, engage and empower every member on your team, confidently resolve disagreements, and manage inter-generational conflict and gossip.

Our Top Level Leadership course is more than just an online course.  You will be exposed to pre- and post- course assessment to assist in demonstrating your progress.  You will receive a customized plan and individual attention from your executive coach interactively through email and video communication.  However, because it is online, you can work at your own pace, practice whenever and wherever you want.  It will take you only a few minutes per day to get outstanding results.

Registration opens November 1.

Who will benefit from taking this program?
  • Senior Level Executives
  • Managers and Directors
  • Individuals Looking for Leadership Advancement
  • Professionals who want to move into a leadership role, improve their individual work environment or improve their quality of life.

This premier program may be perfectly suited for you if you are or are:

  • An individual seeing leadership advancement experiencing:
    • Being ignored in management meetings
    • Non-collaborative work relationships
    • Work-related stress in and out of the workplace
    • Being passed up for a promotion
    • Peer bullying

  • An executive, director or manager experiencing:
    • Employee disengagement
    • Pushback
    • Poor morale
    • Senior level pressure
    • Low employee productivity
    • Communicating clear and transparent goals

Course Outline

Module 1:  How top level leaders get results by Being Direct with Respect®
Module 2:  Use constructive feedback to get necessary results
Module 3:  How to avoid pitfalls when others push your hot buttons
Module 4:  Practice and execute your plan for results

You will have access to the following:

  • Video tutorials
  • Unlimited email support and Moodle access for up to 2 months
  • Coaching to help you master stressful interactions that you are currently experiencing
  • A final project to execute your plan with the skills that you learned

About the Instructor

Joyce Weiss M.A., CSP
Communication Strategist
cell: (248) 310-6998

Joyce Weiss is a Communication Strategist and Coach. She helps her clients become top level leaders who get great results. She teaches them to tackle the tough conversations to build employee engagement, accountability and rock star performance. The result is that her clients learn to resolve conflict with confidence which helps them get a better night’s sleep!

She is the author of Communicate with Impact, Take the Ride of Your Life! And Full Speed Ahead plus she writes for numerous professional growth publications. Her blog, Communicate with Impact contains resources and tips to create a healthy work culture.

Joyce has given bold solutions to boost the bottom line® to groups such as IRS, Ford Motor Company, US Army Reserves, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nucor Steel and Spectrum Health.

Joyce attained her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Oakland University in Rochester MI. She is an adjunct professor at Oakland University. She maintains her certification as a “Best Practices Company.”

As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Joyce has achieved the highest ranking a speaker can earn from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the International Federation for Professional Speakers (IFFPS). The CSP is an International Designation. Less than 200 women worldwide hold the Certified Speaking Professional Credential.