Working with Difficult People

Working with Difficult People 

There are a lot reasons that it can be difficult working with certain people. There may be communication breakdowns, personality clashes, or conflicting work habits. You may not like everyone you work with, but you do have to respect everyone. By learning ways to reduce conflicts, you’ll become more respected too. In this course, you’ll learn strategies to calmly address misunderstandings before they blow up. Professional relationships can improve when you know how to deal with differences, communicate clearly, and listen respectfully.


Hours: 0.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

0.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 0.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-WWDP
Hours: 0.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify high risk or crucial situations that can lead to difficulties in communication and workflow with co-workers.
Engage in practices that help all people in the situation feel heard and respected.
Describe how to professionally remove yourself from a situation when necessary.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Recognizing Difficult People and Situations A. Personality Differences B. Communication Differences C. Professional Standards D. Review Section 3: Communication Strategies A. Listen and Paraphrase B. Clarify Perceptions C. Speak Respectfully D. Review Section 4: When to Ask for Assistance A. Signs of Escalation B. Diffusing a Difficult Situation C. Get Support D. Review Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributors D. References E. Exam

Instructor: Susan Fee, M.Ed., LPCC
Susan Fee is a therapist, author, and national trainer. She delivers training to individuals and corporations on communication skills, conflict resolution, resiliency, motivation, and presentation skills as well as providing voice-overs for audiobooks, training videos and commercials. She’s the author of numerous magazine articles and books including, 101 Ways to Make Your Message Stick, 101 ideas & Insights About Resolving Conflict, The Manager’s Motivation Handbook, Circle of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Facilitator’s Guide, and the college survival guide, My Roommate is Driving Me Crazy! Learn more by visiting Disclosure: Susan Fee, M.Ed., LPCC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: General Staff; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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