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Introduction to Public Speaking

Feeling Comfortable Delivering Professional Presentations

Introduction to Public Speaking for Social Workers and Behavioral Health Clinicians

This introductory training prepares social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals to facilitate formal presentations to peers, the community and stakeholders. Mental health professionals engage in public speaking in a variety of settings including legislative hearings, community and staff meetings, educational forums, and fund-raising events. This training aims to empower social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals to build upon researching, writing and organizing skills for effective presentations. Participants will develop knowledge about various adult-learning theories including Constructivist Theory, AGES model, and Experiential Learning.


Additionally, the training teaches coping strategies to help manage anxiety during public presentations and enhance public speaking skills. The training helps participants to learn how to evaluate their own performances as well as evaluate presentations of others. Lastly, participants will learn how to incorporate constructive feedback for future presentations.


Your Instructor


Patrick Jeffs, PhD, LPC, SEP
Patrick Jeffs, PhD, LPC, SEP

Dr. Patrick Jeffs is a Resiliency Trainer, Coach, and Consultant.
Dr. Jeffs has worked at the intersection of research, clinical application and business for 15 years in various settings and capacities. He co-founded and is CFO of NC Center for Resiliency, PLLC in Chapel Hill, NC. In addition to his clinical work, he serves as adjunct faculty and has been an invited speak to physicians groups and other health professional organizations. Additionally, he has served on a number of local boards, chairing one to help address the prescription drug crisis in Orange County. His scalable programs can include assessments, planning, trainings, and support services that are deliverable to organizations nationwide.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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