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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 Offerings

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. 


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

First Wednesday of the month at 12:15 - 12:45 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

Monthly BIPOC Support Group

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 12 - 12:50 pm

Facilitated by Kiran Johl, LCSW. Employee Assistance Counselor

First group meets on Tuesday, October 10th at noon

This virtual space is for Black, Indigenous, and staff and faculty of Color to join together in community for discussion, support, and encouragement. Topics such as challenges and successes of working at UC Berkeley, intersection of identities, current events, and fostering one’s mental and physical health will be explored.

Email kpatchell@berkeley.edu for registration, zoom link, and bCal Scheduling

Fall 2023 Stress Management Events


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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.

Fall 2023 Stress Management Workshops

Perfectionism in the Workplace

Tuesday, October 31st, Noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Kiran Johl, LCSW, Employee Assistance

Perfectionism is commonly understood as striving for flawlessness, and is often part of the culture of academic settings. This workshop explores types of perfectionism and how it manifests in individuals and in workplaces. Systemic factors, their intersection with specific groups such as women and BIPOC communities, and the disproportionate impact on mental health are discussed. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of staff and management, as well as those who identify as perfectionists and those who may be impacted by others’ perfectionism in the workplace. Strategies for enacting positive change on individual and systemic levels are highlighted.


Emotional Intelligence for the Workplace

Thursday, November 16th, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Elliott DiTusa, LPCC, Employee Assistance

Understanding and managing our emotions can increase our sense of well-being, motivation, empathy and ability to relate to others in a healthy way. This workshop will examine what it means to be emotionally intelligent and how to apply key concepts to create a more successful and fulfilling work/life experience.


Maintaining Your Mental Health During the Holidays

Wednesday, November 29th, Noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Julie Resnik, LCSW, Employee Assistance

The holidays can bring joyfulness, a break from work, and opportunities to spend time with friends and family. However, this time of year can also contribute to increased levels of stress, conflict, and worries. In this workshop, participants will learn different strategies to manage stress associated with the holiday season. Topics such as familial disagreements, boundaries, prioritization of responsibilities, and health and COVID related concerns will be explored.


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.