Emotional Support Springs Up April Through June

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Are you looking for a little support? Join the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) for a Virtual Presentation or Discussion Group. To attend any presentation or group, email fascco@umich.edu and list the session you would like to enroll in. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Be sure to indicate your preferred date.

Additionally, FASCCO is here for you. Confidential counseling and consultation sessions are available to provide support to U-M faculty and staff with phone sessions and limited video sessions as appropriate. Call 734-936-8660 or email fascco@umich.edu to schedule.


*NEW - Improving Family Communication

  • Thursday, May 20 – 11:00 a.m. - Noon

This session will present some effective communication tools for family problem-solving. Some of the causes of misunderstandings between family members will be explored. In addition, the value of and mechanism of family conferences will be introduced. Presenter: Tom Waldecker 

*NEW - Creating Healthy Boundaries

  • Monday, May 24 – 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Healthy boundaries are so important for our emotional well-being, but how do we set and maintain them? In this presentation, you'll learn the importance of setting personal and professional boundaries, how to recognize your own limits, and tips for having difficult conversations and communicating your needs.  Presenter: Jill Castro

Self-care During Times of Transition

  • Tuesday, April 6 – 2:00 - 3:00 pm

This Zoom session focuses on tools and skills for prioritizing self-care, specifically during times of transition. Don't have a lot of time to squeeze it in? No problem. Folks will walk away with a tangible plan and self-care techniques that they can use both at home and at work- even when their schedules are tight.  Presenter: Jill Castro.

Understanding Mental Health Conditions and Having a Conversation of Concern

  • Thursday, April 15 - 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Do you know that an estimated 1 in 5 Americans (43.4 million adults) experience a mental illness in a given year? Given that you, a family member, or a coworker might be that one individual, perhaps you can benefit from a better understanding of how mental and emotional health conditions impact the work environment, our friends, families, or ourselves.  Join us to discuss these issues, learn about emotional/mental health conditions and discuss myths about mental health.  In addition, gain some tips on how to have a conversation with someone you have a concern about. Presenter: Tom Waldecker.

Overview of Stress Management

  • Wednesday, April 21 – Noon - 1:00 p.m.

This presentation provides an introduction to stress management approaches for faculty and staff. The presentation will provide opportunities to practice a range of stress management skills such as guided imagery, deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and cognitive reframing. It will also provide information about additional strategies for participants to experiment within their daily lives. Presenter: Andrew Greifer. 

Managing Stress Through Managing Your Thinking: Cognitive Approaches

  • Wednesday, April 28 – Noon - 1:00 p.m.

This presentation will provide information about cognitive strategies that are effective for reducing stress in daily life. The presentation is intended for both faculty and staff and is relevant to reducing work-related and personal sources of stress. The description of cognitive approaches will include case examples. Participants will be offered an opportunity to practice these skills in relation to their current sources of stress. Presenter: Andrew Greifer.

Overview of Anxiety Disorders & Other Mental Health Conditions

  • Tuesday, May 4 – 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

This session will present an overview of Anxiety Disorders and a summary of major mental health conditions along with commonly used intervention strategies. Presenter: Tom Waldecker. 

Grief 101

  • Thursday, May 18 -  Noon - 1:00 p.m.

This workshop addresses loss across the lifespan but particularly focuses on the death of a loved one. Anticipatory, normal, and complicated grief will be identified as well as grief responses in children briefly addressed. Some common theories of grief will also be explored. The emphasis is on normalizing grief and providing resources to cope. Presenter: Joanne Bernard.

Discussion Groups

WFH Strategies & Skills

  • Tuesday, April 13 -  1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

In these trying times, we are all trying new things. For many, that means working from home (WFH). Join this FASCCO facilitated discussion group to connect with peers. Together you will explore strategies that work for you, plus pick up some practical tools & tips to stay connected with colleagues and manage your time. Space is limited to 20 per session, to help facilitate group discussion. Presenter: Tom Waldecker.

Dealing with Uncertain Times

  • Wednesday,  April 14 – Noon -1:00 pm & Thursday, May 25 – Noon -1:00 pm

With so much change, and so much unknown about our current day-to-day, it’s understandable to feel anxiety. Come join our group and let’s explore ways to deal with uncertainty. Presenter: Janell Kilgore/ 

Pandemic Parenting

  • Thursday, April 15 – Noon - 1:30 p.m. - parents of children ages 0-10

  • Thursday, May 13 – 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - parents of children ages 11-18

These two virtual discussion groups offer parents a place to vent, discuss challenges, celebrate victories, and support one another during these uncertain times. Please note the different age groups and select the date that is best for you. Presenter: Jill Castro.

Sharing and Caring: Discussion Group for Caregivers

  • Thursday,  April 22 – Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday  5/11 – Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Caregiving for a parent or loved one involves unique responsibilities. Caregivers often juggle other pressures, family demands, and work/career commitments which can leave them fatigued and having little time for outlets and self-care. The pandemic year has added worries of isolation, mental health, and overall well-being. Consider joining with others, who have also navigated these stressors and transitions to share experiences, support, ideas, and suggestions as you continue in your role and journey as a caregiver.  Presenter: Karen Semenuk 

Fostering Social Connections/Strategies in Various Environments (three-part series, must attend all sessions) 

  • Wednesday, May 5 - Noon - 1:15 p.m. & Wednesday, May 12 - Noon - 1:15 p.m. & Wednesday, May 19 - Noon - 1:15 p.m.

This 3-session experiential Discussion group will focus on the art of developing conversations in formal and informal settings, Barriers to communication as well as cultural and social norms will be explored. Participants will learn active and reflective listening skills, conversation starters and resources for engagement. Presenters: Janell Kilgore and Joanne Bernard. 

Procrastination (two-part series, must attend both sessions)

  • Wednesday, May 19 – Noon -1:00 p.m. & Wednesday, May 26 – Noon-1:00 p.m.

This discussion group is a two-part series that offers faculty and staff the opportunity to informally explore concerns about their procrastination. Solutions will be discussed for mitigating procrastination, especially mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral approaches. Attendance for both sessions is requested.  Presenter: Andrew Greifer.

Grief Discussion Group - Loss of a Spouse or Partner

  • Ongoing: First Thursday every month at Noon. 

This group will address various topics that may include loneliness, parenting, social isolation, new role/ identity as widow or widower, etc. The intent of the group will be driven by topics that are important to the participants. This offering emphasizes group discussion of participants as well as educational components. No one will be required to speak, but doing so often helps the grieving process.  Email jrbernar@umich.edu with "Sign me up for the Grief Discussion Group - Loss of a spouse or partner." in the subject line.

New Mom’s Group

  • Ongoing: Second Thursday of Every Month,  Noon -1:15 p.m. 

Pre-registration is required on a monthly basis. Please inquire for details. Contact Jill Castro at jscastro@umich.edu or (734) 936-8660. 

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