Change It Up!
Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the U-M community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community. You will learn to: identify self-awareness and social responsibility as qualities of strong personal leadership, discuss your own and others’ identities and experiences, determine the various options for effectively intervening during a negative situation, develop your ability to assess which intervention option is best based on the situation, and discuss and practice how to leverage bystander intervention skills within their campus communities.
Will Sherry, L.L.M.S.W, is a student affairs social worker currently serving as the Director of the U-M Spectrum Center. Will focuses on diversity and inclusion strategic planning, organizational development, supervision, and leadership of campus-wide educational programming. Will is a 2007 graduate of the U-M School of Social Work, where he focused on Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth and Families. Prior to his work with the Spectrum Center, Will worked as an Adolescent HIV and AIDS Consultant and Grant Writer for a Detroit-based non-profit organization, and served as a case manager working with youth in residential foster care.
But What About ME? Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others
To say that your plate is pretty full between work, family, and life in general would probably be an understatement. The last person you take care of is probably YOU! Let's spend some time looking at how to work-in some self-care -- some self-centered, some it's-about-time-you-centered-on-YOU -- with strategies to help you get through the stress and strain of being a working woman or man in today's society. These new habits are a little like eating potato chips ... once you start, you won't want to stop!
Wendy Shepherd is a trainer specializing in stress management, positive psychology, leadership development, communication, parent education, and balancing work-life issues since 1989. With a B.A. in Education from U-M and extensive training in human development and relationships, her approach is upbeat -- emphasizing fun, laughter, and constructive ways to deal with life. She has conducted trainings and workshops at U-M since 1995. Wendy is also the Executive Director of the charity Mittens for Detroit.
Intimacy, Pleasure, and Sexual Health Across Your Lifespan
The workshop will explore biological, social and psychological changes that occur across the lifespan that influence sexual well-being. Special attention will be given to the influence of stress on the experience of pleasure and intimacy. The workshop will offer useful practices for sexual self-care and relational practices to cultivate communication, pleasure and intimacy.
Erin Martinez, L.M.S.W., C.S.T., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sex Therapist, and a Sex Educator. She works with individuals, families and couples at her mental health practice in Dearborn, Michigan. She works with individuals with a variety of struggles and stressors affecting their mental health, from a lens of attachment and trauma-informed assessment and intervention. She has been a social worker for 20 years in numerous roles including community-based family intervention, victim advocacy, treatment of sex-offending behaviors, mentoring, and supervision of social work students. Erin currently has a full-time practice as well as an adjunct faculty role at the U-M School of Social Work.
This session will provide an introduction to the disease of addiction, and how it affects the lives of those who face it, and their families and friends. We will provide an opportunity for support and sharing, as well as links to resources or materials to aid in recovery.
Jeremy Suttles, M.S.E., L.M.S.W., is a Clinical Social Worker at U-M Hospital working in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Psychiatric Emergency Service. He obtained his master's in education from the University of Kansas and his master’s in social work from U-M. He has completed field training in both psychiatric and substance abuse treatment settings, working with children, adolescents, and adults. He has also completed a post-graduate addictions fellowship, which allowed him the opportunity to further work with the recovery community. His professional interests include addictions and recovery, severe and persistent mental illness, family psychoeducation, and teaching.
Pilates for Relaxation and Wellness -- this session is now full
Breathing is a focus in this session. Wendy will teach you how to rewire your mind and create new neuromuscular pathways that promote a peaceful well-being by becoming an active meditator and practicing basic relaxation techniques. Colleen will teach you how to use Pilates to focus on your breathing while working your muscles, especially those of your core. We will be working on the floor -- please bring your own mat or large towel, and be sure to wear non-restrictive, comfortable pants and shirt.
Wendy Dolen and Colleen Greene are Wellness Coordinators for MHealthy, Health and Well-Being Services at U-M. For over 20 years, they have worked on teaching and empowering people in ways to reach their healthy lifestyle potential; no matter what barriers people may face in life.