Summer Aid 2019
The Oﬃce of Human Resources, in conjunction with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), invites you to join us as we learn new skills in adapting to change and tackling a better work life balance.
Engage with your peers while tapping into resources that will enhance personal effectiveness, level of engagement, motivation and a more focused workforce.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, without any judgment. Attend this session to learn basic techniques in becoming more mindful of yourself and others around you. Recognize that your thoughts and emotions are fleeting and do not define you. Learn to really notice what you’re sensing in a given moment and pay close attention to your breathing, especially when you’re feeling intense emotions.
After attending this session you will be able to
- Understand what mindfulness is
- Understand the impact of being mindful on different aspects of one’s life
- Learn and experience different techniques of living more mindfully
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Change impacts all aspects of life. It is neither good nor bad, though every change brings a chance to self-improve or self-destruct. This seminar is focused on the concept that people who know how to manage change have more successful lives. You will deepen your knowledge of the change process as you review the factors that influence change and ask yourself key questions about change in your life. You’ll focus on successful change management in the workplace as you review common change factors in corporations, from layoffs to mergers, and the increased stress and anxiety many employees experience. You’ll learn how to take a more positive approach as you learn to embrace change and manage the elements that are within your control.
You’ll be more informed about children’s access to information—and be more prepared to monitor and take control—as youYou will be more prepared to accept change as a challenge rather than a crisis and have a greater comfort level managing unexpected events as you
- Understand that change is inevitable and a normal part of life
- Learn that change in the workplace is handled most successfully when the people who are affected by change are given a chance to be part of the solution
- Recognize high-stress symptoms in yourself and others and learn more healthy coping skills
- Learn to manage change instead of avoiding it
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Learn to identify the characteristics of a healthy relationship both at home and at work—and what kind of relationships to avoid. You’ll examine different types of relationships, from family and friendship to romantic and professional. You’ll review real-life scenarios that are sure to stimulate lively discussions about what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy. You’ll also discuss bullying in the workplace and how it differs from legitimate feedback or disciplinary action. For those who need to let relationships go, the seminar explains how to “ACT”: accept the fact, consider one’s own needs, and take time to heal.
The seminar will deepen your understanding of healthy versus unhealthy relationships. You’ll be able to
- Identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Understand how to establish personal and professional boundaries
- Determine when to let a toxic relationship go
- Understand when to seek help for prolonged sadness at a lost relationship or the inability to let a bad relationship go
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Are negative thoughts normal? Yes. It’s not the negative thoughts themselves that are the issue; rather, it’s when we believe the negative thoughts. Learn how to gain control over negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones.
You will be able to
- Identify the symptoms and causes of negative thoughts
- Apply strategies to disrupt negative thoughts
- Understand when additional help is needed
- Discuss the types of help available
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Since over a third of all children can expect to live in a stepfamily at some time during their childhood, blended families that co-parent are becoming the new “normal.” This seminar illustrates that handled in a consistent and loving way, managing children in blended environments can allow both children and parents to thrive. You’ll learn tips for custody and visitation schedules, school meetings, and managing the child’s medical needs. The seminar will lead you through the developmental stages of blended families, from fantasy expectations and subsequent conflicts to the development of new roles and norms that coalesce into a strong blended family. You’ll learn the power of consistent rules and chores to help build positive family routines that boost each child’s self-esteem and sense of responsibility. The seminar will conclude with resources to support new families, from lists of helpful children’s books to community resources and services to ease family conflicts.
The seminar paves the way to help a family move from “step” relationships that focus on exclusion and disruption to “blended” families that focus on family togetherness and positive routines and roles. You’ll be able to
- Understand areas of concern for blended families, from family loyalties to discipline and favoritism
- Apply practical parenting techniques to build a loving family
- Understand methods to help children become more responsible and confident in their family role
- Determine when a child is ready to stay home alone
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
This session provides an overview of key developmental stages of your child from birth to late teens and “leaving the nest.” Discuss common issues during each stage as well as helpful strategies you can employ as a parent. You’ll also learn about resources you can tap into during each phase of your child’s life.
You will gain a clearer understanding of the developmental stages your child will go through. You will
- Identify key developmental stages of childhood and adolescence
- Discuss the common issues of those stages
- Apply strategies to help you and your child through each phase
- Identify parenting resources to help you navigate from birth to late teens
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Most children use technology with an ease and frequency that is almost incomprehensible for their parents. In a world of Facebook, texting, instant messaging, and endless apps on smartphones, how can parents keep children safe? This seminar is an overview on childhood in the Internet age. You’ll become aware of all the communication options available to children and learn ways to add parental controls. The seminar touches on the risks facing children, from loss of privacy, to exposure to inappropriate materials, to how they may engage predators. You’ll learn helpful tips, from where to locate the computer in the home to available parental computer monitoring programs. You’ll even learn some of the most basic texting abbreviations.
You’ll be more informed about children’s access to information—and be more prepared to monitor and take control—as you
- Learn about the variety of communication tools available
- Understand both the benefits and risks associated with the devices children use
- Learn tips that keep the adult in control
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Almost 25% of all families are currently dealing with elder care issues—while raising young children at home. Since this percentage is expected to increase to as many as 60% of all families in the next decade, this seminar provides a timely overview of how to cope as a member of the “sandwich generation.” You will identify common family dynamics—from seniors who feel anger and shame at losing their independence and role in society, to children who are confused, frustrated, and embarrassed by a grandparent’s decline. As stress increases, you will learn how to identify the triggers that indicate you may need more help and outside services.
The seminar concludes with coping strategies for the caregivers, most often women, who face the competing pressures of family life and work while they care for an elderly relative.
- When you leave this session you should be able to
- Understand the financial and emotional impact on both family and work
- Discuss the needs of the generations for effective communication
- Develop coping strategies
- Identify signs that additional assistance is needed
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Learn how to determine the best level of care for an aging relative. As older relatives age, they may require more care than family or neighbors can provide. Many younger relatives then face the difficult decision of seeking the right kind of outside care. This seminar is a helpful first step. You’ll learn about observing and assessing your relative’s ability to perform the activities of daily living (ADLs), from bathing and dressing to eating regularly and correctly taking medications. Some elders may be unwilling to accept that they require additional care; this seminar explains how to communicate more productively about care options, from in-home assistance to assisted living and nursing care.
You will have a better understanding of how to determine the most appropriate level of care for your aging relative—and how to select care that ensures your loved one’s highest quality of life and health. You’ll learn to
- Observe and assess the elder’s ADLs
- Involve your aging relative and other family members in decision-making
- Ask the right questions and observe the environment closely so that you select the best quality of care and lifestyle for your loved one
- Stay fully involved if the elder is settled into a new living situation
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
While grief touches everyone, the pain of loss is unique to each individual. However, we can learn that grieving itself is normal and that major losses will trigger conflicting emotions, from anger and denial to relief. This seminar will help you to explore your own reactions to loss, from a death to divorce. You will learn why some people are stuck in a “grief rut” as you discuss more healthy ways to grieve.
The seminar will help you to explore both the myths and the facts of the grief process. You’ll examine
- The different and individual ways each person handles grief
- The ways both adults and children can learn to cope in a more healthy manner
- The understanding that since grief affects us all, grief becomes more tolerable when we offer the helping hand of support to those in grief
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
There are key signs to consider if you think a loved one may have an addiction. This session will provide an overview to this complex situation and options to consider when looking for help.
When you leave this session you should be able to
- Define addiction
- Identify common signs and behaviors of addiction
- Discuss tips for having a conversation with the loved one
- Locate options for obtaining help for both the loved one and yourself
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Living a hectic lifestyle but want to remain healthy? It can seem impossible to find time to exercise, cook healthy foods, and relax. Who has time in their day for all of that? With ever-increasing family commitments and work responsibilities, you may be depriving yourself of sensible, well balanced meals. You don’t have to; this seminar will help you make healthier food choices while eating on the run.
Learn basic techniques for quick but effective exercises, and fast but healthy meals and snacks. You will learn to
- Incorporate quick and effective exercises
- Identify healthy food options
- Create a healthy meal plan
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of work to regroup and refocus. This seminar will cover stress busters, breath awareness, safe stretching to relieve tension, and correct posture for sitting and standing. During this session, you will experience relaxation techniques and come away feeling refreshed, with a new focus on relaxation.
You will learn to
- Identify common causes of stress
- Use stress busters and relaxation techniques to reduce stress
- Practice easy and safe stretching techniques that can be executed in the workplace