Classes, Training and Events

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

The Benefits of Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Caring for Well-Being

People who have a 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, Program Manager of the MHealthy Thrive! stress management program. Grand Prize Drawing Eligible

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.Grand Prize Drawing Eligible

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. Two class times/locations to choose from. Facilitated by John R. Sonnega, PhD, of the MHealthy Thrive! stress management program.

Grand Prize Drawing Eligible

Dealing with Divorce and Break-Up Support Group

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) will conduct a 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. There is no charge for staff or faculty to attend.

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.

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. There is no charge for staff or faculty to attend.

"Parenting the Next Generation"

Find out how to be a "cool" parent without losing the parental role in this 5-week Workshop Series. Parenting teenagers is challenging and sometimes daunting; for this reason the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program would like to invite all staff and faculty to attend a 5 session parenting workshop. This workshop is designed to provide education, relationship development and behavior management skills to parents with children between 12-18 years of age.

Course will cover: Adolescent Development – Parenting Style – Communication Techniques –Active Listening –Discipline and Consequence

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.

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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