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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, Staff, Visiting Scholars, and Postdocs:

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

LBNL Staff:

  1. Please call 510-643-7754 to register.

Spring 2021 Stress Management Workshops

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Monday, 1/25, 12:10 - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Leslie Bell, Employee Assistance

For most of us, the pandemic, sheltering in place, and the struggle for racial justice have upended our daily lives. We've been forced to adapt, and adapt quickly, to radical change and uncertainty. In the face of so much upheaval, our habits are some of the only things we can control. 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. 


Centering Down: Body-Based Practices for Rest and Resilience for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Tuesday, 5/11, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Sherri Taylor

In the words of Bayo Akomolafe, “The times are urgent. Let us slow down.” This contemplative workshop specifically for BIPOC faculty and staff will offer reflections and contemplative prompts to facilitate increased capacity to discern if and when you are out of balance in your life as well as what is needed to bring yourself home. Participants will also be led through simple body-based practices to support ongoing resilience and general stress reduction.


Strategies to Sharpen Your Focus

Thursday, 3/30, 12:10 - 1pm via Zoom

Speaker: Elliott DiTusa, Employee Assistance

Being fully present and focused can be a daily challenge for most people. In this workshop we will learn sport psychology techniques and how to apply them to our work and personal lives. Specifically, this workshop will teach us focused goal-setting, as well as mindful, cognitive, and somatic strategies used by athletes to increase focus and performance.


Guided Meditation

Wednesday, April 7th, 12:10 - 1pm via Zoom

Speaker: Michelle Ayazi

Please join us for a relaxing and reenergizing guided meditation for faculty and staff, led by 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.

Michelle Ayazi has been trained in the practice of Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) and approved to teach Tamarkoz by the current Sufi master of the 1,400-year-old school of Sufism. Tamarkoz is the Sufi art and science of self-knowledge through heart concentration and meditation. Michelle is also a full time staff member at UC Berkeley, in the Berkeley Study Abroad office.


Mindful Moments

Every Wed 1/20/21-5/19/21; 1 – 1:15pm

Speaker: Julia Anable, Employee Assistance

Join Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance every Wednesday for these 15-minute meditations which will be restorative and relaxing.
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.  
If you are new to the experience of meditating, why not give it a try! If meditation is already part of your life, join your community of colleagues in this addition to your practice.

Mindful Moments Zoom Link

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.