Published: April 19, 2017

Students, faculty, staff and administrators who focus on their strengths to achieve well-being and connect with one another are more likely to be committed to and proud of the institution. Engaged, healthy students are more likely to remain at CU Boulder, graduate in a timely fashion and stay connected with the university as active alumni.

In an effort to increase well-being and belonging across campus, the University of Colorado Boulder provides free professional development using the free StrengthsQuest tool in workshops facilitated by the Strengths Advisory Committee. Through these trainings, faculty and staff members will gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences to foster strengths-based conversations.

Interested participants are required to attend Strengths Introduction or another strengths workshop on the CU Boulder campus before attending other session(s).

All sessions are located in the Center for Community. Within three business days of registering, workshop participants will receive an email confirmation with more specific details. If applicable, you will also receive an access code to complete StrengthsFinder 2.0 prior to attending Strengths Introduction.

Take a look below at the upcoming sessions, and register online now. Please email with any questions.

Strengths Introduction

Leveraging your strengths can have a powerful impact on your life as you identify, develop and apply your innate talents to your personal and professional life. In this session, participants will develop a preliminary understanding of strengths theory and understand how CU Boulder integrates strengths into the campus community.

Monday, May 15, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 25, 9 to 11 a.m.
Thursday, June 8, 9 to 11 a.m.
Monday, June 19, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 11, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 20, 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 9 to 11 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 7, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Strengths in Supervision

Learn about the principles of strengths-based leadership to enhance your role as a supervisor for students, staff and/or faculty. In this session, participants will identify how their strengths influence their supervisory practices and learn strategies to apply strengths-based supervision to direct reports. 

Strengths Introduction or another CU Boulder strengths workshop

Thursday, May 25, noon to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 8, noon to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 1, noon to 2:30 p.m.

Strengths in 1:1 Conversations

Engaging in a strengths-based conversation can be a powerful way to counsel, advise and mentor students, staff and faculty. Upon developing an understanding of your strengths, this session will cover best practices for engaging in a one-on-one conversation with others. You’ll have the opportunity to practice strengths-based conversations and identify opportunities to engage in these conversations with others.

Strengths Introduction or another CU Boulder strengths workshop

Monday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Strengths Facilitation in Groups

Once you have developed knowledge and some experience with strengths, attend this session to learn best practices when facilitating strengths within groups. Upon completing this session, you will have knowledge of facilitation principles and experience facilitating key StrengthsQuest activities as well as having identified next steps for your own development and practice.

We will also review best practices when working with pre-existing groups that are interested in utilizing a team talent map. After completing this workshop, you are eligible to earn the CU Boulder Strengths Facilitation Certificate.

Strengths Introduction or another CU Boulder strengths workshop

Thursday, July 20, noon to 4 p.m.