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Skills for Making Great Decisions

Learn how to make excellent everyday decisions from an experienced counselor and life coach. In this six-week online course, you'll learn about some wonderful abilities we're born with for figuring things out and making good decisions. You'll also see why our instincts and intuition sometimes deceive us and how self-knowledge can help us guard against becoming overly confident. You'll discover the steps necessary to achieve your goals, as well as the power that ordinary, everyday decisions can have over the quality of your life.

You'll learn how to deal effectively with crisis, how to use your emotions as decision-making tools, and how to work with others to make good decisions. You'll develop some important guidelines for when to take risks, when to trust your luck, and what to do if you make a mistake. The goal of this course is to give you the power to live the best life you can and make the very most of every opportunity.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting December 12 | January 16

Skills for Making Great Decisions

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Course Code: dec

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to deal effectively with crisis
  • Understand how to use your emotions as decision-making tools
  • Learn how to work with others to make good decisions
  • Develop important guidelines for when to take risks
  • Learn to trust yourself
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn how to make excellent everyday decisions from an experienced counselor and life coach
  • Discover the steps necessary to achieve your goals
  • Become more confident in your ability to make important decisions on a daily basis

Outline

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Week 1

In our first lesson, we'll discuss how to make the most of some of your natural abilities and also avoid some common pitfalls, like bias, myopia, and overconfidence. Then, learn about five kinds of decisions you make every day, as well as the critical difference between actions and intentions!

Week 2

Learn the difference between goals and dreams as we talk about short-term and long-term goals, the steps for achieving goals, and how to know when you should change your goals. Then, we'll discuss when and how to pay close attention to those little, seemingly unimportant everyday decisions that really do make a difference. You'll learn how to identify three types of decisions—conscious, unconscious, and subconscious—and know when decisions for change need to be made. You'll also develop some very useful skills for planning, prioritizing, and dealing with that thief of time, procrastination.

Week 3

This lesson will help you cope with uncertainty and prepare for the unexpected. You'll learn techniques that can help you relax and cope better, regardless of what may be happening around you. Then, learn when to listen to your emotions and when to ignore them in making important decisions.

Week 4

In this lesson, we'll discuss some important skills for setting good boundaries with others and dealing with disagreement. You'll learn how to develop attitudes that are essential for good relationships and how to work effectively with others to make the best possible decisions. Then, we'll go over some foolproof guidelines for managing risk.

Week 5

In this lesson, you'll learn how the element of luck affects what you expect from life and how to use that to your advantage. You'll find out how to avoid being misled by superstition and wishful thinking, as well as how to use positive expectations to help steer your life the way you want it to go. Then, learn about some of the main reasons we make poor decisions, as well as both healthy and unhealthy ways to respond to your own errors. You'll also learn how to recover from mistakes, turning them into opportunities to learn and grow.

Week 6

This lesson will give you power over your own habits as you learn skills for developing good habits and getting rid of the ones you don't need. And finally, you'll learn more about the power of journaling. You'll also get some ideas for how to use other very useful decision-making tools, including notes, lists, and diagrams. You’ll also get some good ideas about when to consult experts and when to wing it on your own.

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Instructors & Support

Donna Brown

Since 1983, Donna Brown has been an individual and family counselor. She's worked with hundreds of individuals and families, helping them improve the quality of their lives by teaching them how to make reasonable, rational decisions. She's also skilled in crisis intervention, helping people in crisis make sound decisions despite stressful conditions. Donna has many years of experience as an instructor in adult education. She holds a master's degree in counseling and continually updates her credentials through postgraduate studies.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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