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Employee Assistance Current Workshops

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.


UC Berkeley Faculty and Staff:

  1. Click on the "date" or “enroll” hyperlink to the UCB Learning Center.
  2. Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
  3. Click "Submit."

LBNL Employees:

Please call 510-643-7754 to register.

Spring 2018 Workshops

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Wed, 1/24; 12:10-1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker:  Beth Greivel, LMFT, Employee Assistance

Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.

In this workshop we will explore how habits work and how we can change unhealthy habits. We will also learn about our own habit tendencies and how we can form new healthy habits.


Technology and Your Emotional Health

Wed, 2/7; 12:10-1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker:  Jonathan Rousell, PsyD, Employee Assistance

Over the last 25 years, we have simultaneously witnessed and participated in an unprecedented set of sociocultural changes due to the development, marketing, and expansion of technological devices, social media platforms, and software applications.  These "advancements" in digital communications technology have altered the landscapes of our lives and changed the way we relate to ourselves, others, and the world.  Furthermore, our dependent relationships on technological objects have accelerated a mechanization of the human subject, opening up new potentialities in the quest to define what is human, while closing off previously relied upon methods for human connectivity.  This talk will critically examine the history of technological development, and will seek to analyze the impacts that these changes have wrought, individually and collectively.  We will examine our relationships with technology and discuss current research on healthier ways of interacting with these objects in the effort to take a more intentional and informed stance in relation to technological modes of communication and behavior.


Life in Retirement

Wed, 2/28; 2:00-3:00 pm
Panelists: Leslie C. Bell, Ph.D., LCSW, CEAP, Employee Assistance Counselor, Employee Assistance, University Health Services, John Morel, Retired Associate Director, Career Management Group, Haas School of Business; Cary Sweeney, MS, Director, UCB Retirement Center

Insights for Your Retirement Transition: Panelists will provide insight into opportunities to consider in the transition of retirement, including practical tools that can help.


Sound Meditation for Sleep

Wed, 3/14; 12:10-1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Melissa Felsenstein, Inner Sounds Yoga

Experience the powerful effects of live sound during this special, free sound meditation. Learn how sound can be used as therapy to help reduce stress, release tension, balance the nervous system, and encourage healthier sleep. Feel a deeper sense of relaxation and renewal as you are immersed in tone and vibration of quartz crystal bowls and other instruments.

Participants have reported achieving meditative brainwave states, feeling a mental calm and self-connection, and receiving a very good night's rest the day of the sound bath and days following. Theta meditative brainwave states have been reported by participants and can assist with creative problem solving, spontaneous insight, and intuitive guidance.

Come experience something completely new and invigorating - no yoga is practiced, simply lay down and receive sound.

A self-proclaimed “reformed” relaxer, Melissa Felsenstein focuses her work on restoring the nervous system through the use of live sound with quartz crystal singing bowls and specifically tuned gongs. These unique instruments have the ability to release physical tension, restore sleep, balance the nervous system, and create portals into meditative like states through a scientific process called entrainment.

It was these properties that led Melissa to use sound as a therapeutic tool to break through anxiety and depression after a loved one fell gravely mentally ill. Now, she offers a sound as therapy for others to receive a contemplative quiet in her sound events, classes, and private sessions. Melissa Felsenstein is a certified 700 hr yoga therapist and has been using sound as therapy for over ten years. Her mission is to offer others a receiving space for inward listening, deeper truths, and sustained harmony. Learn more at www.innersoundsyoga.com.


Coping with Change Supportive Workshops

If your department is currently experiencing a transition, Employee Assistance offers Coping with Change workshops. Please contact us at (510) 643-7754 to request support during these times.

Elder Care Workshops

The Elder Care program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to aging and caregiving. They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge, and by the Elder Care Counselor, Maureen Kelly.

Faculty and Staff Midweek Meditation Group 

UC Berkeley employees are invited to join the Midweek Meditation Group in Room 3110 at the Tang Center every Tuesday at 12:15pm for a short reading followed by 30 minutes of silent mediation.