Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance
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:
- Click on the “enroll here” hyperlink to take you to the UCB Learning Center.
- Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
- Click "Submit."
- 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.
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.
Every Wed 1/20/21-5/19/21; 1 – 1:15pm
Speaker: Julia Anable, Employee Assistance
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.
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.