Summer Institutes

About the Institutes

The Experience

A college campus—an ideal place to learn and explore. A social services institute—an ideal opportunity to examine issues and assess practices.

Each year, managers, supervisors and workers from across the nation come to UC Davis Extension. Our institutes offer unique opportunities to learn new techniques for efficient, sensitive delivery of services.

The Impact

Intensive learning takes place in lectures and workshops. Instructors discuss timely topics, stimulate thought and encourage interaction.

Conversations during breaks, at meals and during planned networking opportunities enhance the learning process. Back at the office, participants apply new concepts to enhance their work. The contacts they make allow them to continue the exchange of ideas and information.

The Center for Human Services

The Center’s institutes, on-site programs, seminars and conferences provide training for every level of employee. We believe managers and staff who develop new skills can do a better job for their agencies and their clients. That’s our goal—to help agencies provide better client-oriented services.

People, Purpose, Passion: Activating Your Inner Super Hero!

This year, we’re offering four different institutes designed for professionals working in specific roles within their organization.

  • Clerical and Administrative Assistants Institute: August 6-9, 2018
  • Training for Trainers Institute: August 6-9, 2018
  • Training for Analysts Institute: August 6-9, 2018
  • NEW! Supervisor’s Institute: August 20-23, 2018 

Institute Logistics


Each institute has its own curriculum, but the schedule is the same across all institutes. Participants will check in Monday evening prior to the dinner and opening keynote. Institute workshops will run from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The final session is held Thursday morning with a combined closing keynote and lunch.


Supervisor’s Institute: Lectures and workshops take place at the UC Davis Conference Center on campus. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants in this institute will lodge at the Hyatt Place Hotel next to the conference center.

All other institutes: Lectures and workshops take place at the Activities Recreation Center (ARC) on the UC Davis campus. Lunch will be provided at the campus dining commons located near the ARC. Participants in these institutes will lodge in the campus dorms located near the ARC.

Enrollment Information

Enrollment in each institute is limited, so please enroll early to reserve your space. To learn more about each institute and how to enroll, click on the title of the institute below.

For More Information and How to Enroll

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If you have specific questions, feel free to contact Colleen Gordon at or (530)754-7234.

Courses currently scheduled and open for enrollment

There are no sections available at this time.

About UC Davis

UC Davis is the home of the Aggies—go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 people located in Yolo County, just 15 miles west of Sacramento. With more than 40 miles of bike paths in town and on campus, Davis is known as the "City of Bicycles." Summer days are sunny, hot and dry, with evenings cooled by marine breezes. Some of California's most beautiful regions are within a two-hour drive, including San Francisco, the Napa Valley, the Gold Country and Lake Tahoe.

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