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.

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.

Institute Logistics


Each institute has its own curriculum, but the schedule is the same across all institutes. Participants check in the morning of the institute. Continental breakfast will be provided during the opening networking activity. Institute workshops run from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m. The final session is held on the morning of the last day, and the program ends following lunch and a closing keynote.

Click on the title of each institute from the list below to get details about that institute.


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. Institute participants lodge in their choice of nearby hotels.

Enrollment Information

Because enrollment in each institute is limited, 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.

Keynote Speaker – Laurie Cozart

Increase Your Positive Impact: Positive Strategies for Work and Life

Internationally recognized business advisor Laurie Cozart, is a highly sought after leadership and organizational development speaker, instructor and executive coach. She has developed and taught leadership programs for UC Davis Extension, and is an instructor and mentor coach for the UC Davis Professional Coaching for Life and Work coach certification program. Cozart is a consultant, executive coach and CEO of Brain Squared Solutions, Inc. Her most sought-after topics address women in leadership, personal and organizational values, executive and neuro leadership, customer engagement, emotional intelligence, public speaking and presentation skills, crucial communication, media interviewing, public relations and executive presence. Cozart is an accomplished TV and film actor and brings that unique awareness to leadership, helping public and corporate professionals prepare for career advancement or public appearances. She is a master certified coach (MCC) and mentor coach for the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Courses currently scheduled and open for enrollment

There are no sections available at this time.