Classes, Training and Events

Open to all U-M employees, free of charge.

Relaxing Under the Stars

We invite you to step out of your hectic daily life, shift your perspective, and lift your spirits with this visual journey through the natural wonders of our universe, including bright stars, constellations, planets, and more. Simply sit and relax a while in the dark cozy comfort of the Planetarium at our own U-M Natural History Museum, as we treat you to beautiful music, a bit of fascinating science, and breathtaking views. You'll return to your world renewed and refreshed.

Dealing with Divorce and Break-Up Support Group

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) will conduct a six week support group for adults experiencing divorce or other romantic break-ups. The group will address various social and emotional aspects of these losses, such as coping skills, stress management strategies, and the stages/process of divorce and break-up. The offering will emphasize group discussion of participants’ experiences, and educational components will also be included within these discussions. There is no charge for staff or faculty to attend.

Rewards ApprovedRewards eligible: Register for class and attend at least two sessions.

Drop In Caregivers Support Group

Who is Caring for the Caregivers? Are you a caregiver for an aging parent, disabled partner, or special needs family member? If so, you may be at risk for increased stress, lost work time, health concerns and/or time away from friends and other family. You may have conflicted feelings about the family member whom you assist and find it difficult to discuss the challenges of your situation or get personal support. Join us for group discussions that will afford participants the opportunity to share experiences and resources, increase coping and gain support. There is no charge for staff or faculty to attend.

Addressing Compassion Fatigue in High-Loss Environments

This workshop will discuss ways to help employees manage the stressors of working in a healthcare setting, an environment which often comes with extensive loss experiences. Facilitated by staff of the Employee Assistance Program, participants will learn ways to recognize the impact of compassion fatigue, and will develop a self-care plan to address the impact.

Discovering Stress Reduction: Fostering Energy and Creating Coping

No single style of coping fits every situation. Come explore the possibilities of expanding your energy to deal with stress. We will define the term stress, identify stressors, and discuss coping strategies that can help you feel more energized, connected, and resilient. Facilitated by John R. Sonnega, PhD, of the MHealthy Thrive! stress management program.

Rewards ApprovedRewards eligible: Register for class and attend the whole session.

Stress and Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep? A good night’s rest is essential for feeling and performing your best each day. Most adults need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Join us for this class to explore how stress affects your sleep, and how your sleep habits impact your stress. Learn healthy sleep habits that can help you feel more energized and more resilient so you can bounce back from the stressors of your daily life. Learn techniques to reduce and manage the effects of stress so you can sleep better at night. Facilitated by John R. Sonnega, PhD, of the MHealthy Thrive! stress management program.

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Rewards ApprovedRewards eligible: Register for class and attend the whole session.

Losses in Our Lives

Loss comes in many forms and in response to many kinds of life experiences. This monthly educational series will focus on different aspects of loss and grief throughout our lifespan. Join us for one or all classes in this series.

Understanding Anger: Its Impact on Self and Others

Anger is a powerful and useful emotion. When used skillfully, it can strengthen relationships and clarify what is important to us. When used unskillfully, it can create discord in relationships and create a workplace culture that lacks a sense of safety. Part One of the program entails meeting with one of the group leaders to identify individual anger triggers, beliefs, and lifestyle practices. Part Two and Three focus on education, roleplaying, and the development of a detailed anger plan that will increase your skills in managing anger.

Rewards ApprovedApril session is Rewards eligible: Register and attend both April sessions.

Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Caring for Well-Being

People who have greater levels of gratitude, forgiveness, and caring tend to have lower stress. They also sleep better and report more happiness. In this session we will explore the health benefits of these positive dimensions, and suggest practices and strategies to foster these in our lives. Participants will be encouraged to cultivate gratitude, practice caring, and embrace forgiveness. We will look for opportunities to broaden the capacity for stress relief. Presented by John R. Sonnega, PhD of the MHealthy Thrive! stress management program.

Rewards ApprovedRewards eligible: Register for class and attend the whole session.

Mindfulness 101: Practicing Presence with Patients

Have you ever struggled staying present when you’re working with patients? Have you noticed yourself checking out at work? Come join us to learn how mindfulness can help you regain focus, increase patience, and develop a calming presence. Research suggests that mindfulness can increase job satisfaction and create positive outcomes at work and at home. This class will teach the benefits of mindfulness practices and help you develop concrete strategies to enhance your relationships with your patients, your loved ones and yourself.

Grief Support Group

Following our educational series on Losses in Our Lives, we are offering a Grief Support Group. This is an open, ongoing group that meets on a monthly -basis starting in August and going through November. If you are interested in joining this group, call 734.763.5409 or email eap@umich.edu.

Stress Less, Live More! (Department Level Program)

The Stress Less, Live More! program, by MHealthy Thrive!, will guide you through a variety of strategies that can help you manage your response to daily stressors, and allow you feel more energized, connected, and resilient. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for stress management. As you try our suggested activities each week, you will learn what works for you, what doesn’t, and you will experience how simple shifts can lead to big changes for you and those around you. You will use a printed Stress Less, Live More! Personal Journal each week to record and reflect on your journey. Try this program to start finding YOUR best way to stress less, and live more! Learn more about Stress Less, Live More!

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Customized Educational Trainings

Learn more about the departmental seminars offered by UMHS EAP, FASAP, and Thrive! on the Request a Departmental Seminar page.

The University of Michigan Health System’s EAP is often asked to develop trainings for units and groups on a variety of topics ranging from Substance Use Disorders in Our Lives, the Benefits of Compassion, Forgiveness, and Gratitude, to the Seven Habits of Happiness. To find out more about our customized trainings call the University of Michigan Health System’s EAP at 734.763.5409 or email eap@umich.edu.
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