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

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Please note that the upcoming workshops listed below are being held virtually on Zoom.

Fall 2021 Stress Management Workshops

Guided Meditation

Thursday, 9/23, 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.


Speed and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down

Thursday, 10/28, 12:10 - 1:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Stephanie Brown

When does SPEED, working and living at a faster and more frenetic pace become a problem? even an addiction? You may feel that you cannot slow down, pause, or stop without feeling a sense of failure. You may struggle to turn off your screen, step away from your work and home demands, and choose your next activity with the intention of slowing down. How do we recognize and challenge our fear of slowing down - which has roots in American identity and values - while still experiencing a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment in our lives?

Join psychologist and author Stephanie Brown as she outlines how technology, innovation, and American ethos have fostered a culture where the drive towards never slowing down has contributed to an addictive and sometimes destructive pursuit of ostensible success.


Tips & Tools for Building Resiliency

Wednesday, 11/10, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Elliott DiTusa, Employee Assistance

During times of transition and change our stress levels can increase and negatively impact our health. To best manage our stress in a healthy way, we must cultivate an ability to remain flexible and open in order to adapt and adjust to challenges. This workshop will examine attributes of resliency, and explore how to implement tips and tools to strengthen our own resiliency skills.


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.