Career Programs / Skills Building for Professionals

Communication Skills

  • Career Assessment and Career Counseling
  • Career Change Seminars
  • Professional Development Program

Research on job satisfaction shows that many people would like their work to be more personally and professionally gratifying. Many would like to obtain or advance to positions/occupations that more accurately reflect their personal and professional needs, the things they value, and the skills they have or want to develop. When these are part of our work life, we experience more satisfaction, personal enrichment, and confidence in our work and ourselves. When they are missing, work may become routine, unchallenging, and job dissatisfaction occurs. This dissatisfaction may also spill over into other life areas of the individual.

Unfortunately many people enter occupations or make career decisions without proper reflection or guidance on these important issues. And many only realize this once work has become a source of discontent and/or personal distress.

The programs offered at PSI are designed to assist individuals in obtaining work that is satisfying and which may lead to greater career mobility. Whether you have worked a significant period of time in one field or are looking for a new career, our small group workshops, individual services, and training programs will help you define and establish career and personal goals and improve professional development.

Career Assessment and Career Counseling

The Career Assessment program uses valid and reliable assessment instruments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory to facilitate career decision-making, career mobility, and job fit.

Our program in Career Assessment will assist you in identifying skills, interests, needs and values that matter to you, before making work-related decisions. You will reassess your goals, ambitions, and major sources of professional satisfaction. Through testing, you will also learn how your personality style affects your relationships at work and in non-work environments.

Our Career Counseling services will help you to negotiate the personal, professional, and life-style issues affecting career decision-making. They will assist you in developing strategies for obtaining work that is meaningful to you, and they will help you to develop the job-search skills needed to accomplish your goals.

Career Change Seminars

The Career Change Seminars consist of a series of workshops conducted in a supportive, small group setting over a period of six to seven weeks. The seminar will meet one night a week and is lead by an experienced and skilled career counselor. The purpose of this program is to assist participants in making transitions into meaningful, gratifying careers. It is designed for adults in professional and nonprofessional occupations who are:

  • Currently unemployed and looking to maximize the job search process.
  • Currently working, but exploring the likelihood of an alternative career.
  • Interested in establishing a better “fit” between the types of work they do, and the type of work they would like to do.

Participants will learn to:

  • Effectively manage the personal and practical aspects of career transitions.
  • Define career interests, skills, values, and their relation to job satisfaction.
  • Make career decisions suitable to individual needs and work that is valued.
  • Research and develop job opportunities and prepare for interviews.

The Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program PDP is a highly individualized coaching service designed to improve the workplace skills of management and other Professionals. The program utilizes interviews, training exercises, and assessment instruments to enhance the management and leadership skills of high potential professionals. The PDP is designed to increase the individual’s understanding of his/her strengths and areas of management in need of development. Emphasis is placed on illuminating the individual’s unique personality characteristics and pattern’s of behavior and how they apply to the work environment. Feedback on management styles is provided and suggestions for improved leadership skills are utilized. The program provides individuals with a deeper understanding of the dynamic interplay between personality, work roles, and the ability to meet the management and financial objectives of work environments.

The goal of the program is to increase management performance through:

  • Increased awareness of management and decision styles.
  • Training in mentoring and interaction styles with peers and subordinates.
  • Improved communication/presentation skills.
  • Defining strengths and developmental needs in orientation to tasks, projects and workplace objectives.

Communication Skills for Professionals

Are you a finance or business professional concerned with growing your client base or keeping clients in this difficult economy?

Have you been told you’re not a team player?

Do you have difficulty expressing yourself as confidently as you would like?

Do you spend too much time thinking about what you want to say and miss the opportunity to say it?

Do you seem to say the wrong things at the wrong time?

Do you think faster than you speak and lose your point?

Are you worried about how you come across to peers, clients, and superiors?

Are you having difficulty in your personal relationships?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you will benefit from this course. Whether you struggle to communicate effectively or just want to improve your skills, this personalized coaching will help you master how you interact with others in your work and personal life.

What makes this approach unique?

It is custom tailored to your unique needs! First, through a detailed personal history, we explore the early roots of your unique interaction style. Next we determine how your personal temperament and learning experiences have shaped how you respond to different people in different situations. Research shows that our early interactions often determine the impact of our adult interactions. Based upon these results, we will design a personalized plan to help you quickly shed years of ineffective communication “habits”.

The simple but effective techniques we use will help you immediately to recognize and improve how you communicate, so that you can express yourself to others with clarity and confidence. Self-awareness in personal and professional communications has been found to be the key to success and happiness. And strong communication skills are easy and interesting to learn and apply.

How it works:

Because every individual’s needs and personality are unique, the training can vary from one person to another. On average, there are 5 to 10 weekly face-to-face meetings or phone sessions. Usually, after 5 sessions, meetings will be spaced two or three weeks apart. Throughout the training handouts and practice exercises tailored to your unique needs or situation are provided for recognition and practice of the skills areas identified in the initial assessment. You will even have the option for immediate feedback and coaching if you are involved in a situation that requires ongoingh advice and strategizing.

You will learn:

  1. how your unique personality traits influence how you communicate and react to others
  2. to recognize and effectively adapt to difficult conversations
  3. techniques to relax and stay focused and productive in stressful or upsetting situations
  4. to recognize and change negative thoughts that impact how you express yourself
  5. to recognize and effectively use non-verbal behavior
  6. how to influence others
  7. how to develop trust and respect with customers and clients

All sessions are conducted by Dr. Michael Bednarski, a psychologist with over twenty five years experience helping professionals recognize and master communications obstacles. Dr. Bednarski will help you become aware of the influence your own psychology and unique personal history have on how you react and relate to others. Individuals who have taken this training report that it has dramatically changed how they work and interact with others. They report improved life and work satisfaction and confidence in their everyday relations. For a free consultation call Dr. Bednarski.

Please contact:

Michael Bednarski, PhD
Career Planning and Management Training Programs
Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute
74 Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006
212-285-0043
800-856-7219

Learn more about Dr. Michael Bednarski.

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