Classes, Training and Events

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

Understanding Anger

Anger is a powerful emotion. When used skillfully, it can strengthen relationships and provide clarity about what is important to us. When used unskillfully, it creates discord in relationships and creates a workplace culture that lacks a sense of safety. In this two-part series participants will learn about the positive benefits of anger and how to listen and understand their anger in a way that allows them to achieve results that maintain vital workplace and personal relationships. Facilitated by the professional staff of the UMHS Employee Assistance Program.

Managing Anger

This four-part series is designed for people who would like to learn how to better understand and more effectively manage their anger. The class will focus on understanding the anger response, recognizing anger triggers, steps and skills for cool downs and other ways to manage anger effectively, problem-solving skills, and brainstorming appropriate responses to stressful situations. Facilitated by the professional staff of the UM Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FASAP).

Dealing with Divorce and Break-Ups

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) offers this five-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.

Discovering Stress Reduction: Fostering Energy and Creating Coping (at UM Dearborn)

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 ways to help implement coping strategies. Led by John R. Sonnega, PhD, of the new MHealthy Thrive! program.

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.

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. Facilitated by professional counselors from UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)

Grief Support Group

Any significant life loss through the death of a loved one, divorce, separation, loss of your health, a job, or a pet causes grief for the person who experienced the loss. Each person’s loss is different and each person’s grief journey is unique, yet the process of grieving is similar regardless of what you have lost. The Grief Support Group provides a compassionate space where individuals can share their experiences and know they are understood.

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!

Questions? Please email MHealthyThrive@umich.edu

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