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Employee Assistance Training and Education

Employee Assistance offers workshops on a variety of issues either by request from departments, or by open enrollment in classes. Topics include, but are not limited to: stress management, instant relaxation, and coping with transition/change.

Monthly Meditation and Mindfulness for Faculty and Staff

The regular practice of mindfulness meditation has a demonstrable impact on psychological and physical health, improving mood, decreasing stress, strengthening the immune system, and supporting sleep.  

Be Well at Work Employee Assistance and Work/Life invite faculty and staff to join us for a monthly meditation group which will offer a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation during the work day. Each month will focus on a beneficial intention to guide us. 

No registration required and no prior experience with meditation necessary.  

All are welcome. 

Starting March 2023


Location: First Floor of Sproul Hall, Undergraduate Admissions Presentation Room (Rm 103A)

First Wednesday of the month at 1:15 - 1:45 pm


Third Thursday of the month at 2 pm - 2:20 pm via Zoom 

Zoom Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/93496272644

If you would like these sessions added to your bCal for scheduling notifications, please email kpatchell@berkeley.edu

Spring 2023 Stress Management Events


UC Berkeley and LBNL Faculty, Staff, Visiting Scholars, and Postdocs:

  1. Click on the “enroll” hyperlink to take you to the UCB Learning Center.
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All workshops listed below are being held virtually on Zoom.

Please email employeeassistance@berkeley.edu to submit accessibility needs for these events.

Spring 2023 Stress Management Workshops

Nurturing Love and Connection

Tuesday, February 21st, Noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Kiran Johl, LCSW, Employee Assistance

Throughout our lives, we will experience many kinds of love and connection- with romantic partners, friends, family members, and ourselves. This workshop offers emotionally-focused strategies aimed at improving connection with those we care about, and those that care for us. Topics such as healthy communication, conflict navigation, love languages, and how to be responsive to others’ needs will be discussed.


Strategies for Managing Depression

Tuesday, March 21st, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Julie Resnik, LCSW, Employee Assistance

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in the United States, yet many people have difficulty talking about it or seeking help. This workshop will help destigmatize and demystify depression and introduce participants to evidenced based treatment options. Participants will learn behavioral and cognitive techniques and general coping strategies to improve symptoms. Attendees will be provided with resources and guidance to support themselves or to help others experiencing depression.


Recognizing and Regulating Work Stress

Tuesday, May 2nd, Noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Elliott DiTusa, LPCC, Employee Assistance

Unhealthy work-stress can lead to reduced levels of productivity and performance and negatively impact our lives outside of work. Alternatively, stress managed well can help us create a healthy relationship with work that can strengthen our careers and positively impact our personal lives. This workshop will provide information on stress and burnout and introduce effective strategies to manage our work-stress including; boundary setting, focus strategies, and ways to build community at work.


Guided Meditation

Tuesday, May 9th, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Michelle Ayazi

Please join us for a relaxing and reenergizing guided meditation for faculty and staff, led by Cal staffer Michelle Ayazi. This session will offer guided mind relaxation, deep breathing, slow movement meditation, deep body relaxation, visualization, and heart-focused meditation. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. All are warmly welcome. If possible, find a quiet place for this workshop that has a comfortable floor on which to sit, stand, and lay down. We recommend laying out a yoga mat or beach towel on the floor, and wearing comfortable clothes you can stretch in. If space or mobility is limited, please know that all movement is optional and that the entire session can be done seated in a chair and in stillness.


Workshop Topics by Request

Please contact us at (510) 643-7754 or email employeeassistance@berkeley.edu to request an Employee Assistance workshop for your department.

Topics include:

  • Resilience

  • Mindfulness and Stress Management
  • Enhancing Focus and Productivity at Work
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Creating Healthy Boundaries
  • Healthy Habits
  • Customized options to fit your department's needs

Elder Care Training and Education

The Elder Care program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to elder care and caregiver resilience. The workshops are presented by professionals and experienced caregivers. These workshops are open to current UC Berkeley and LBL employees and generally take place on a weekday from 12:10-1:30pm.