There are many myths about counseling and psychotherapy that ultimately prevent people from seeking the help that they need. In this session we will explore these myths and demystify the therapy process. We will look at areas where therapy might be beneficial. This session will provide some insight into what happens during a therapy session and what one can expect when seeking services. We will give an overview of different therapeutic approaches and discuss appropriate levels of care to address certain concerns.

Worries are thoughts we have about the future that generate fear. They arrive in the form of a “what if?” and generate dire warnings about terrible consequences that await us. Unfortunately, these warnings we give ourselves are generally overblown and focused on hypothetical problems that probably won’t happen. Chronic worry that begins to impact the quality of life becomes “anxiety” and well-intended suggestions to “stop worrying” or applying common stress management techniques are mostly ineffective. This training will address how worry habits develop and methods of intervening with worry and anxiety.

Back-to-school 2021 has shaped up to be even more stressful than parents or kids could have imagined. From K-12, your kids are dealing with a lot, even if they’re not talking about it. The good news? With the right tools, your kids can do more than manage….they can thrive!

We will be joined by Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist, bestselling author, and TODAY show contributor who has spoken to over one million participants around the world and to countless media about child development issues. She blends 40 years of teaching and consulting experience with the latest science to offer sound, realistic advice to parents, teachers, and child advocates about helping children thrive. Dr. Borba is the author of THRIVERS: The Surprise Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

Everyone has heard the saying to “take a walk in their shoes.” It is one of the simplest explanations of empathy. Understanding other peoples’ outlook, being able to recognize their emotions, and being sensitive to their situation is vital to communicate more effectively and build better relationships. This course will address ways to improve your capacity to demonstrate empathy.

  • Today’s diverse society makes it difficult to describe a typical family situation or define what characteristics make a “perfect parent.” Culture, values, beliefs, emotional disposition and the environment in which a person was raised all influence parenting techniques. In an effort to be perfect, new parents will frequently try too hard to protect their child from any adverse experiences or go to great lengths in an attempt to please their children. This type of well-intended “perfect parenting” can lead to unanticipated problems. This workshop will address these problems and suggest ways to let go of perfection and seek a balanced parenting approach.
  • When: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 3PM
  • Register here
  • Most of us reach a point in life when parents or elderly relatives begin to require more attention and time, and sometimes, our financial support as well. Caring for an older person can be complicated and few of us are trained for the many aspects of that care. Providing care for an elder is a very personal matter. No two situations are the same and there are no simple solutions. You can, though, benefit from following some practical suggestions. Balancing work, family and care-giving responsibilities can present some challenges.This workshop provides an overview of information to help the participant cope with their personal life while dealing with their elder’s needs.
  • When: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 4PM
  • Register here
  • There are conversations in which the stakes are high: asking for a raise, ending a relationship, giving a critical performance review, confronting disrespectful behavior, apologizing or disagreeing within a group. This workshop is about developing the skills to initiate the conversations which most people find difficult, unpleasant and generally avoid. You will learn the practical skills involved in framing a problem without blame or defensiveness and how to keep the conversation productive.
  • When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 10AM
  • Register here

Previously Recorded

Embracing autonomy in your work can be a key to success in our current COVID-19 world.  This session will examine choices, volition, and actions.

When you work from home, it’s easy to feel like the lines between your professional life and your personal life are starting to blur.  This session looks at the unique challenges of finding balance in a work-from-home environment.

  • Access the recording here.

Because we have always don’t it like that may not be the best answer anymore to, Why do we do the things we do?  In our ever changing world, we are seeing shifts in our markets, our economies, our cultural norms, our behaviors and ourselves. Now is the time to thrive by learning how to be adaptive to accommodate and maximize the benefits of change.

If you have an elder who requires assistance, yet does not live near you, helping out may seem difficult. However, distance doesn’t mean you can’t provide comfort and care for your elder. By devising care strategies, developing emergency plans and building a support system of family, friends and local resources, your elder can have the care and attention he or she needs.

To help support your work and personal life Beyond Benefits Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is offering a webinar series on change.This is a four part interactive training program. Participants will learn the basics of the change process. This includes understanding the barriers to change and techniques to overcome resistance to change. They will also learn communication, team building and leadership skills to inspire, motivate and support others through the change process. The program draws upon current research into change theory and practice and grounds participants in a state-of-the-art understanding of effective change management.

The registration links for each session are the same so participants only have to register once instead of separately for all four sessions.


Registration Link

Introduction to the Change Champion and the Process of Change


Becoming a Champion of Change: The Skills of Resilience


Developing Critical Communication Skills


Establishing the Skills of Influence and Leadership


For more EAP resources you can visit their website here.

Communication is the cornerstone of all relationships. It reinforces trust and acts as a method by which you can share your problems, frustrations, fears, anxieties, hopes and successes. Conflict is a part of life and exists in relationships. In fact, a relationship with no apparent conflict may be unhealthier than one with frequent conflict. Conflicts are critical events that can weaken or strengthen a relationship.

Communication is a fine art that we often take for granted. It takes more than physical and verbal abilities to communicate. It takes energy along with the ability to offer support and demonstrate understanding and compassion when communicating within your family. Whether it’s an expectation, emotion, question or other message, openness and willingness to communicate improves overall quality of family communication.

People have a powerful need to understand and predict their environments in order to feel in control. When we are exposed to potential threats to our well-being, we naturally respond to this uncertainty with anxiety and fear. This training will address ways of effectively coping with uncertainty in today’s media-saturated world. The course will examine how to remain positive and functional despite the risks of living in a changing world. Included will be practical tips for coping with uncertainty, re-establishing control and how to speak to children about fear.

There are many myths about counseling and psychotherapy that ultimately prevent people from seeking the help that they need. In this session we will explore these myths and demystify the therapy process. We will look at areas where therapy might be beneficial. This session will provide some insight into what happens during a therapy session and what one can expect when seeking services. We will give an overview of different therapeutic approaches and discuss appropriate levels of care to address certain concerns.

Times of protest and unrest can generate strong feelings, which often carry over to conversations at home, the workplace, and even family gatherings.  In this session, we will discuss ways to have healthy discussions about polarizing topics without damaging your close relationships.  We will also discuss productive ways to talk about these events with children.

  • Access the recording here.

Whether you have a partner, are living alone, or have roommates, balancing work + life 24/7 requires new conversations and systems. Join New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play, Eve Rodsky, as she shares her sanity-saving methods around dividing responsibilities, creating communication strategies, and finding happiness.

  • Access the recording here.

When our parents or other elderly relatives age independently in their own homes, we often fear for their safety and general well-being. Sometimes we don’t know how much assistance we should provide, when to step in, or even what would be helpful. Providing care for an older adult is a very personal matter and each situation is unique. However, there are practical guidelines and simple solutions to ensuring your loved one is healthy and safe. This workshop will address and resolve common safety issues in the home while supporting your loved one’s autonomy and independence.

  • Webinar Description: Professional comedians shouldn’t be the only people to use smiling, laughter, humor and play as part of their daily routine. These skills are valuable for everyone. A good smile has long been a key tool for anyone who needs to influence others. Laughter is now shown to improve our pain tolerance. Humor and play can be the building blocks of problem-solving. Together they can improve our happiness and effectiveness.
  • Webinar Recording

Whether going back to school or changing careers, starting a family or retiring, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. In today’s fast paced world, change has become a constant. Even when we are able to see the advantages of change, it can be hard to say goodbye to what’s changing. This workshop will provide you techniques to deal effectively with change.

  • Webinar Description: Is the kitchen table your child's new classroom? This Fall, back-to-school is anything but normal. Distance learning is becoming the norm which is a huge adjustment for everyone. Devorah Heitner, PhD, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, will join us to share practical advice and tips for how you can help your kids succeed in this new digital classroom. She’ll also discuss how parents can make this all a little easier on ourselves, too.
  • About the presenter: Devorah Heitner, PhD, is an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology. She’s the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and founder of Raising Digital Natives. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of empathy and social/emotional literacy. Dr. Heitner’s work has appeared in top tier media like the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native.
  • Webinar Recording

Delivering staffing changes messaging generates a range of emotions for both the manager delivering the message and the employee receiving it. This training will help you better understand the emotions so that you stay in control of the situation and do your best, instead of allowing the emotions to take over and negatively impact the conversation as well as your own wellbeing.

When facing organizational change, intense project deadlines, or other stressful situations, employees react in diverse ways. For some, stress leads to a drop off in performance, lowered morale, or emotional outbursts. This workshop will help you plan for the expected and the unexpected and will provide practical tools for dealing with both positive and negative employee behaviors during stressful times.

  • The idea of mindfulness or being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. It is a state where you are not thinking, reflecting, judging or deciding, but are instead simply experiencing the things currently in your available experience. In many ways people are largely unaware of our present moment, and often operate on “auto-pilot” to some degree. The auto-pilot mode is our default mode of operation. Even when we find ourselves in a pleasurable quiet moment we automatically begin to daydream about others, plan/worry about the future or ruminate about the past. We miss living in the present moment because we fail to pay attention to it. Mindfulness is about waking up to the present moment and paying attention to our experience. Learning mindfulness is not difficult; however, it is difficult to remember to do it. This training discusses mindfulness and how to incorporate its practice into your life.
  • Access recording here (registration required)

Due to the upheaval in the housing market over the past few years many new realities of home ownership have appeared. These realities include changes in the types of home loans that are now available. It also includes more properties that are now bank-owned or under water which has changed how some interested buyers now view these types of properties. Potential buyers also need to recognize the importance of having their finances in order prior to applying for a home loan and understand how potential lenders now perceive what is considered good credit. Understanding the new realities is critical in making an informed decision in today’s environment.


  • Understand how lending standards have changed
  • Know what types of loan options now exist
  • Have a clearer understanding about the pros and cons of various types of properties available for purchase
  • Recognize how to improve your finances and credit to increase the possibility qualifying for a loan


Recognizing that numerous tourist destinations are competing for our travel dollar, coupled with our perception that our time is at a premium, it is highly worthwhile to apply planning skills to mapping out a destination and a budget that meets the interests and financial constraints of our family. With numerous choices and considerations, a planned vacation can be a creative and exciting process and deliver exceptional value as well.

  • Executive Coach Lisa Abramson will teach you how to develop a more resilient mindset through five key strategies. She’ll share actionable strategies you can start using immediately to avoid burnout, “reset” and better cope with the stress of the holidays in the time of COVID-19. During this session, we’ll also actively practice some proven stress management techniques to help you re-center, refocus, and be more productive.
  • Access the recording.
  • Most people can honestly say they believe it’s important to spend within their means and to save money for the future. Unfortunately, good intentions are often at odds with how our mind works. For example, many people want to save for the future but have no motivation to because they have not imagined that future. This course addresses the psychology behind saving money and adopting good financial habits. It will examine recent research related to how and why people save vs. spend and identify strategies for participants to change their financial mindset and develop new habits.
  • Webinar Recording

It is summertime, and school is out! For many people, summer conjures images of lazy, relaxing days at the beach. However, for many working families, summer brings the challenges of balancing the demands of adult work schedules with the desire to provide safe, fun activities for children. This workshop offers several ideas on summer activities and provides practical suggestions on how to keep your kids safe while you’re at work.

Keeping the romance alive in any long-term relationship can be difficult. The busyness of everyday life often prevents us from investing in our connection with our partner. Relationships are like a bonfire, they need a stable space, patience, a careful touch and the right ingredients to keep the fire going. In this workshop, you’ll learn the reasons passion wanes over time, barriers to connection and methods for reigniting the spark in your relationship.


  • Webinar Description: Join this webinar to learn more about your Care.com benefits in general to locate child, elder, pet or home care. This webinar will also cover how to use Care.com to find resources for back-to-school child care, distance learning support, nanny share, learning pods and more!
  • Webinar Recording
  • Powerpoint Presentation

Have you wondered how to use the Beyond Benefits EAP Portal?  This webinar is for you! It will cover how to navigate the employee portal Guidance Resources Online to find our EAP resources. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about accessing the recording.

  • Webinar Description: The start of the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic is filled with uncertainties and concerns that are causing understandable stress for many parents and caretakers. This workshop is designed to help people cope with emotions and anxiety in response to returning to school during the pandemic. It will provide an understanding of the types of reactions people may experience during this time, and offer practical tips for coping.  This webinar is available on two different days in August. Employees can register through the links provided below.
  • If you missed the webinar offered on Coping With Pandemic Anxiety As Kids Return To School you can still access the recording. Register with your name and email address here. After registering the recorded webinar appears on the screen.

While participating in social media discussions, reading the news and watching election coverage can help you stay informed, it can also lead to increased stress. This Beyond Benefits training shares ways to implement healthy media consumption habits that support your mental and physical well-being.  

  • Welcome to the holiday season – that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, parties and family dinners and activities galore starting with Halloween, through Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas and ends with New Year’s festivities. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also a harbinger of lots of stress. And this year, in particular, adds its own element of celebrating during a pandemic.
  • Workshop Objectives:
    • Discuss some ways to manage your emotions and expectations
    • Hear some suggestions for shopping and finances
    • Learn about new travel considerations during this time
    • Understand the importance of self-care during the holiday season
    • Consider some new traditions that can make this holiday season a wonderful time
  • Webinar Recording

Questions? Contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2805.