Upcoming Webinars

  • Over the past few years, employees have been asked to do more, do their work differently and do better in new and challenging ways, all while managing family life and personal responsibilities that seem never-ending. The feeling of languishing or “will this ever end?” abounds throughout the workforce and can have a huge impact on your mental health. Working on our mental health need not be reserved just for those who are in crisis or who are faced with an official diagnosis: Mental health matters for everyone. This interactive session provides more details and helpful ideas on how to move from languishing through work and life to flourishing.
  • When: July 12, 2022 at 10AM
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  • For a long time, the scientific community believed we were born with a certain number of brain cells and neural pathways and that, once damaged, they could not be repaired. In reality, our brains are much more flexible. Depending on our lifestyle, we can weaken or destroy connections, or create new, stronger ones. Engaging regularly in certain behaviors and activities, like physical exercise, addressing mental health issues, meditation, and learning a new language or musical instrument, support new wiring and can make existing pathways stronger. Essentially, we can slow down or somewhat prevent cognitive decline by doing challenging mental exercises to keep our brains fit for optimal power.
  • When: July 20, 2022 at 12PM
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  • Kindness is an admirable aspiration for anyone, and it also can be an effective way to achieve success. By being concerned about others we can build relationships and gain support. By serving others we can be happier about ourselves. Kindness can be more than the right thing to do, it can be a path to success and happiness.
  • When: July 28, 2022 at 3PM
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  • The recent housing collapse has changed the home buying process significantly. Where once it was easy to attain credit, it has become more difficult again and a home’s value as an investment is more uncertain. Banks have gone back to a more traditional lending approach as a result of the collapse and now having good credit and a down payment is essential. Lenders are also focused on offering more traditional mortgage products such as 30- and 15-year mortgages versus the exotic ARMs offered a few years ago. Buying a home is still an American dream and it is important to understand the process, parties involved and what is in your financial best interests when making this investment.
  • When: August 2, 2022 at 12PM
  • Register here
  • 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.
  • When: August 17, 2022 at 12PM
  • Register here

Past Webinars

  • 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.
  • Access the recording here
  • If you have spent much time thinking of retirement, you probably have asked yourself, “How much will I need to have saved before I can retire?” It is a big question with many factors. For instance, the amount you need may be lower if you will receive government benefits such as Social Security or a pension. Alternatively, your government benefits might be very low, requiring you to provide more of your retirement income than you otherwise would have. In any case, it can be intimidating to calculate how much you will need for the future.
  • Access the recording here
  • Pregnancy is an experience full of growth, change, enrichment and challenge. It is a time when individuals and couples confront fears and expectations about becoming a parent and begin to determine parenting style. Forthcoming parenthood causes psychological changes in both mother and father. This session will help you understand the normal psychological changes that occur throughout the stages of pregnancy. Don’t worry, these changes are normal considering how big a life event pregnancy is. Remember, however, that it’s always best to talk to your doctor about these changes if they are interfering with your daily life and relationships.
  • Access the recording here
  • The problem with most attempts to adopt stress-management or self-care routines is that they require time, effort and planning. The reality for many people who have stressful jobs is that they are too physically exhausted and mentally depleted by the end of the day to initiate activities commonly recommended to reduce stress in their lives. The trick is to intervene via multiple “micro-moments” of relaxation or mindful practices which only take 15 to 60 seconds. These moments of relaxation help bring stress levels down during the workday and interrupt the steady escalation of stress that creates physical and mental exhaustion. Also addressed: simple winding-down routines that can end the day in a calming, mindful way.
  • Access the recording here
  • Walking is a common source of exercise for many people, and it has well-recognized physical health benefits. But, did you know there are mental health benefits to walking, too? Anyone who walks for any reason could also be enjoying these benefits. This session will look at the benefits of meditative walking and walking in nature. Participants will review ideas for getting started with both types of walks, as well as labyrinth walking. The possible benefits of walking barefoot in grass, known as “grounding,” will also be presented.
  • Access the recording here
  • 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.
  • Access the recording here
  • Kindness is an admirable aspiration for anyone, and it also can be an effective way to achieve success. By being concerned about others we can build relationships and gain support. By serving others we can be happier about ourselves. Kindness can be more than the right thing to do, it can be a path to success and happiness.
  • Access the recording here
  • Implementing discipline over our emotional life is difficult and requires lifelong practice. Being able to choose to act or respond in a particular manner is preferable to re-acting on a consistent basis, yet it is difficult. Enhancing emotional intelligence improves our ability to master our emotional functioning. High emotional intelligence can improve our communications with all others, enhance our perception of satisfaction with ourselves and our lives and increase our productiveness overall.
  • Access the recording here
  • There is a difference in being motivated and being engaged in the workplace. Sure, you may be motivated to come to work each day for the paycheck, but are you truly engaged in what you are doing? Stars tend to be internally motivated to begin with, but put that motivation together with truly being engaged in what you do and you have the formula for capturing the most “prizes” the organization has to offer—the most interesting work, the salary increases, promotions and possibly bonuses.
  • Access the recording here
  • Coping with the loss of a loved one can be an emotionally trying experience. Whether it’s a parent, co-worker, friend or relative, the reality of losing someone close to you can feel overwhelming. This workshop will help you understand, identify, and accept your feelings as well as provide you with coping techniques to help you through the grieving process.
  • Watch the recording here
  • When we care for a loved one who is dying, we experience many emotions, including sadness, confusion, shock, anger, fear, and regret, among others. We often don’t know what to say, how to plan or how to comfort the person who is dying. This session will take a holistic look at end-of-life issues, including navigating care needs (including hospice and palliative care), what to expect during the dying process, and how to cope with the emotions that arise. We’ll also look at myths surrounding death and dying and how to support your loved one physically and emotionally. The stages of grief also will be examined, as well as how to care for oneself during this time.
  • Watch the recording here
  • If you’re struggling with challenges and uncertainty about your personal or professional life, and you’re not sure what to do next, this session is for you. We’ll discuss some simple but powerful questions to ask yourself to help you get “unstuck”. The benefits of asking each question will be discussed, and participants will have an opportunity to try responding to all of them.
  • When: March 1, 2022 at 12PM
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  • Although most people think estate planning is for just the elderly, it is actually important to everyone else, too—especially for those with minor children, substantial assets or unusual circumstances. Estate planning can allow one to make decisions on who receives his or her estate, make arrangements for disability, medical care and guardianship for minor children. Properly done, estate planning can remove many burdens from surviving family members during a stressful time.
  • Access the recording here
  • Many people face financial emergencies, but few have prepared adequately to prevent them from having a major impact on their personal finances. By helping people understand the types of financial emergencies and potential consequences of not being prepared, we will enable people to focus on the steps necessary to avoid hardships which can accompany the emergencies. The webinar will cover the processes and products which can help people survive the various types of financial emergencies.
  • Access the recording here
  • The United Stated Department of the Treasury has proposed a set of financial core competencies that will be used to establish a clear understanding about what all adults should know regarding the basic concepts of financial literacy.
  • The five core concept areas identified are:
    • Earning
    • Spending
    • Saving
    • Borrowing
    • Protecting against risk
  • This session covers the basics (or essentials) of each area and describes practical skills needed to competently address (or manage) their personal finances.
  • Access the recording here
  • There are many speculations about the cause of this phenomenon from an increasing sedentary lifestyle, the ready availability of high caloric foods to stress and even sleep deprivation. However, if people ate only when they were truly hungry and stopped when they were full, there would be no obesity epidemic. This workshop will address the relationship between emotions and food consumption and how to retrain your body and mind to recognize the cues of hunger and to eat for physiological and not emotional reasons.
  • Access the recording here
  • Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one. People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships. Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset, you may not take care of your health as well as you should. You may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods or taking medicine that your doctor prescribes. Abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs may also be a sign of poor emotional health.

Stress is experienced in the body as tension. To manage stress we have several choices: reduce or eliminate the stressor, think about the stressor differently so it no longer causes tension or change the way our body reacts to stress. The course will address the third option through exploring a variety of relaxation techniques to calm the body and mind. The class will allow participants to learn and experience several simple relaxation tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, abdominal relaxation breathing and visualization.

The approaching holiday season brings many expectations. Often this makes us feel like we are being pulled in a hundred different directions. There are office parties to attend, family get-togethers to schedule, children’s holiday recitals and gifts to buy. The holidays can be one of the happiest times of the year, yet it can also be one of the most stressful. Maintaining balance and keeping stress from overwhelming you are the keys to an enjoyable holiday season. This workshop provides an overview of common stressors people encounter during the holidays, and offers “stress buster” tips to help you get the most possible enjoyment out of the season.

In the past five years, it has been routinely reported by researchers and the media alike that Americans are notoriously sleep deprived. There are numerous reasons why this may be the case. Yet while many people look towards improving their health via diet, exercise and ceasing bad consumption habits (e.g., junk food, cigarettes), sleep is often overlooked—or is it? Sleep medications will surpass $5 billion in annual sales within the next year. Apparently not only are Americans having difficulty getting sufficient quantities of quality sleep, they are also having difficulties getting to sleep. This workshop provides the latest research findings regarding the importance of sleep and offers participants suggestions on how to improve their sleep according to priority and quality measures.

Giving effective feedback is difficult. Most people avoid opportunities to give constructive feedback and give infrequent and often unhelpful positive feedback. This session addresses strategies on how to deliver effective feedback at work or at home. The training will offer multiple examples and provide participants with ample practice to learn how to give feedback that helps individuals improve performance.

If you are a parent you probably share an almost universal desire to make family occasions special for your children. You also may have to overcome certain obstacles in creating your own special experiences with your children such as finances, distance from family members, and the special circumstances created by divorce, step-parenting and blended families. Many parents work overtime only to find themselves frustrated by the experience and doubtful that the end result was particularly meaningful to their children.

Grit is mental toughness. Grit is the ability to persevere to achieve difficult long-term goals. Grit is strongly associated with success in personal and professional life. Grit involves several elements: passion and purpose, development of habits and coping with unpleasant emotions such as fear, discouragement or embarrassment. This course will examine the nature of grit and identify specific methods for developing it.

  • 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.
  • Access the recording 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.
  • Access the recording here
  • 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.
  • View the recording here

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kelly Leonard is a longtime creative executive at The Second City, the world’s premier comedy theatre, and he’s going to show us how improvisation can give individuals and groups the skills they need to succeed in the future of work. He has collaborated with behavioral scientists to come up with exercises that are rooted in evidence and applicable in work and life. Kelly will share how you can use the power of storytelling to win over audiences and practical ways to improve collaboration, creativity, and resilience. Fun and laughter encouraged.

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.

Objectives:

  • 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

Details:

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.

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Link

Introduction to the Change Champion and the Process of Change

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3876116452010838541

Becoming a Champion of Change: The Skills of Resilience

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3876116452010838541

Developing Critical Communication Skills

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3876116452010838541

Establishing the Skills of Influence and Leadership

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3876116452010838541

For more EAP resources you can visit their website here.