Institute for Training and Development


About The Institute for Training and Development

Diverse EmployeesThe Illinois Department of Human Rights' (IDHR) Institute for Training and Development offers a wide range of trainings related to the Illinois Human Rights Act and workplace trends centered on issues of discrimination in the workplace.  These courses are designed to increase knowledge and awareness of potential hot-button issues and offer solutions to employers and employees on how to appropriately handle situations as they arise.

The primary mission of IDHR is to enforce anti-discrimination laws and promote equal opportunity.  In order to help further our mission, the Institute for Training and Development continues to monitor laws and trends in order to provide our clients with the most up to date information.

These year-round learning opportunities are offered to private-sector, government, and public participants throughout the State of Illinois.


Flexible Delivery Options

IDHR's classes are taught by certified trainers with more than a decade of real-world experience and first-hand knowledge in human and civil rights.  Our small trainee-to-trainer ratio means you will benefit from a uniquely personalized approach.

Institute for Training and DevelopmentOur interactive style utilizes a combination of proven adult learning techniques and real-world case studies to create a high impact training environment that is both informative and engaging.  Our curriculum breaks down legal statutes in a way that allows for ease of retention so that anyone at any level can learn about important laws.

Customization options are available on a limited basis in order to help organizations maximize their resources and meet their specific needs.  Our training curriculum segments can be adapted to a variety of timing and space considerations.


Why Train with IDHR?

In today's diverse workplace, employers and employees are faced with the challenge of creating and maintaining environments free of discrimination and harassment.  IDHR training will help you become better equipped to establish a more respectful and lawful work environment.


Course Offerings and Registration

Institute for Training and DevelopmentYou may view the latest schedule of our course offerings and register for our complimentary training via the following social media platforms:




Sample List of Complimentary Trainings - Open to the Public

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Building Bridges with LGBT Employees
  • Working Effectively Across Generational Lines
  • Harassment in the Workplace
  • Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
  • Inter-Cultural Communication
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention: Is It or Isn't It?
  • An Employee's Guide for Navigating Social Media in Workplace

Note: A certificate of completion is provided to all individual attendees of OTP trainings.  On-site training for public and private sector clients can also be scheduled.  Please contact the IDHR training unit for more information.


Requests for Customized Training

IDHR's Institute for Training and Development will bring customized training to your location.  We can tailor any of our current course offerings to fit your unique organizational needs.  Institute for Training and Development All offsite classes require a minimum enrollment.  Class fees include pre-training consultation to discuss areas requiring customization and desired class length, emphasis, and dates.  All training materials are also included in the class fee.  Customized training option is great for employers who are seeking mandatory training for employees.  We also offer Human Resources Certification courses for HR professionals.

To get started, contact us by email or by phone at 312-814-2477 for questions on availability and pricing.


Sample List of Human Resources Certification (HRC) Accredited IDHR Training Courses

  • Americans with Disability Act:  How to Comply with Federal and State Disability Laws (HRC)
  • Harassment in the Workplace:  What Every HR Professional Should Know (HRC)
  • Legal and Effective Interviewing Techniques (HRC)
  • Legal Guidelines for Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Workplace (HRC)
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention:  How to Avoid Costly Litigation (HRC)
  • Employer Responsibility for Preventing Workplace Harassment (HRC)

Note:  All HRC trainings are tuition-based.  Please contact us for more information.


General Inquiries

Illinois Department of Human Rights
Institute for Training and Development
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 10-100
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Voice:  (312) 814-2477
TTY:  (866) 740-3953
Email:  IDHR training unit
Office hours:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday


Note:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Illinois Human Rights Act, IDHR will ensure that all programs are readily accessible to and usable by concerned individuals with disabilities.  To request a reasonable accommodation for any training event, please contact the Training Unit at 312-814-2477 (Voice) or 866-740-3953 (TTY) at least 72 hours prior to the date of the event.  E-mail messages can be sent to the IDHR training unit.

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