Presentations for Michigan Medicine

These events are scheduled upon request. Contact the Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience (734) 763-5409 or email counseling@med.umich.edu to inquire.

Stress First Aid for Healthcare Workers

Stress First Aid (SFA) is a self-care and peer support model developed for those in high-stress occupations. It is a framework to improve recovery from stress reactions by teaching emotional support strategies that help to identify and address early signs of stress in an ongoing way (not just after "critical incidents" or acute stressors). SFA is based on a set of five evidence-based elements that have been linked to resilience and recovery after stress. Goals of SFA include helping connect people to internal and external resources (e.g., coping skills, social support) and teaching colleagues how to support one another.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

QPR is an evidence-based program designed to teach individuals to recognize and refer someone at risk of emotional crisis or suicide. This training provides valuable knowledge and skills for understanding risk and protective factors, recognizing early warning signs for emotional crisis, and helping individuals connect to available resources. (90 minutes)

Well-Being & Support through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an enormous disruption, uncertainty, and stress in our everyday lives. This session provides opportunities for reflection and discussion on the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace, home, and family. Participants will learn strategies for coping with stress, building resilience, and caring for their well-being in the midst of this ongoing stressor.

Coping in Times of Stress and Change

This two-part series was designed to share practical, research-based principles and practices for recognizing and responding to stress and painful emotions. The first session focuses on recognizing stress and coping with strong emotions using relaxation and grounding techniques. The second session focuses on the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and self-compassion practices. This group series is designed for discussion and sharing of personal experiences.

Compassionate Leadership

Whether crisis is in the world or within a team, compassionate leaders can acknowledge and respond to painful emotions and promote hope, collaboration, and healing. Participants will learn principles and practices for positive leadership during times of crisis and change. This session is designed for managers and supervisors.

Supportive Conversations About Mental Health

Mental health can be difficult to talk about—especially in the workplace. This session provides education about mental health and the unique stresses and demands of healthcare professionals. Participants will reflect on their own approach to discussing mental health topics, recognize signs of distress in themselves and others, and learn strategies to have supportive conversations about mental and emotional well-being.

The Gift of Emotions

Emotions carry important information about our well-being, our needs, and our values, yet it can often be difficult to accept the full range of emotional experiences. This workshop will support participants in cultivating a compassionate and curious approach to their inner emotional life while increasing confidence in their ability to cope through the use of practical emotion regulation techniques.

Creating Joy

When times are tough, how do you find time to rest and reconnect to what matters most? Drawing from positive psychology research, this session teaches strategies for enhancing joy, meaning, and compassion in everyday life. Participants will learn about the importance of gratitude, creativity, and social support to enhance joy—even in times of stress and change.

Resilience and Recovery: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Healthcare Settings

Trauma-informed care is a model for recognizing and responding to the effects of stress and trauma on individuals and communities. This session reviews the main principles of a trauma-informed approach to healthcare and how such a model can enhance resilience and recovery processes. Participants will learn skills to compassionately support those who experience difficult events, as well as how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into a variety of healthcare systems—including support for clinicians, patients, families, and communities.

A Moment of Pause: Honoring and Working with Loss for Healthcare Professionals

Working in healthcare, we can be touched by experiences of grief and loss with our patients, our colleagues, and in our personal lives. These layers can intersect and can shape how we approach life at work and at home. In this session, participants will discuss how to use practices for self-reflection, compassion, and resilience.