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Updating Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Today's Workplaces
April 23, 2019
Online Course

Date: Tuesday, April 23rd from 2-3 PM ET

Approval: Approved for 1 PDH in Domains I, II, III (1 CE for NBCC and NAADAC)

Presented by: Bernard McCann, PhD, CEAP

Session Description: Unacceptable levels of workplace sexual harassment and other abusive behavior have persisted for decades despite widespread adoption of employee training programs. An October 2017 poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that 48 percent of currently employed women in the United States say that they have personally experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment at work. High publicity court cases, social media campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp, etc. reveal the warning signs of toxic workplace cultures (inadequate policies, escalating patterns of behavior, multiple reports, etc.) are frequently evident -- yet often such concerns and incidents were neither prevented nor addressed. It appears system-wide employee education and management training efforts have been unsuccessful in preventing this universally condemned and prohibited behavior.

Calls for heightened efforts have resulted in the passage and implementation of new laws and spurred organizational policy reviews, and additional measures are on the way. As more victims speak out about their allegations, employers must face up to the failure of their sexual harassment training and reporting systems. EAP providers and HR staff are faced with the shameful reality that most harassment training fails to deliver any meaningful effect. Too long fashioned as a pro forma exercise to limit organizational liability, it is time to embrace a more relevant and legitimate goal for such efforts – to change workplace culture. To meet this challenge, new approaches with a comprehensive focus to change workplace norms, organizational culture, and standards of worksite interactions are needed. This presentation will review ideas and methods that not only increase awareness of respectful workplace standards, but also have a meaningful impact on both individual conduct and collective comportment across work groups.

Presenter Bio: Bernie McCann, CEAP is an EAP consultant with 20+ years of experience in assisting employers, labor unions and non-profits by developing and implementing strategies for productive, healthy workplaces. He has conducted hundreds of workplace seminars, leadership trainings and frequently presents at professional development conferences. Bernie holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University, a PhD from Brandeis University, is a university instructor and published author.