Employee Assistance Fall 2017 Newsletter
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Employee Assistance

Tang Center
2222 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 5 PM

Schedule an appointment with an Employee Assistance Counselor by calling the above phone number.

Positive App. for Daily Use

Happify offers effective, simple, happiness-boosting tools including games and actives which supports you to increase your ability to manage stress, banish negative thoughts and succeed at work.

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Book Recommendations

"Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" - Chip & Dan Heath

Switch addresses motivating employees, family members, and ourselves in their analysis of why we too often fear change. Change is not inherently frightening, but our ability to alter our habits can be complicated by the disjunction between our rational and irrational minds: the self that wants to be swimsuit-season ready and the self that acquiesces to another slice of cake anyway. Through lively examples, the Heaths speak energetically and encouragingly on how to modify our behaviors and businesses. 


"The Stress-Proof Brain" - Melanie Greenberg, PhD

The Stress-Proof Brain offers powerful, comprehensive tools based in mindfulness, neuroscience, and positive psychology to help you put a stop to unhealthy responses to stress-such as avoidance, tunnel vision, negative thinking, self-criticism, fixed mindset, and fear. Instead, you'll discover unique exercises that provide a recipe for resilience, empowering you to master your emotional responses, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain.

What We Do

Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance provides no cost, confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty and staff and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory employees.  


Employee Assistance is confidential.
 Our counselors and administrative staff do not share information about you or your visits with anyone outside of Employee Assistance without your consent, except when required by law.


Elder Care



As part of Employee Assistance, the Elder Care program offers confidential, free assistance for current UC Berkeley faculty and staff and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory employees caring for or concerned about an elder.


The Elder Care Counselor, Maureen Kelly, is available to answer your questions, help set priorities, refer you to resources and provide support.


If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Maureen, please call


Tel: (510) 643-7754


Welcome back!

We hope you had a mindful and relaxing summer. Hopefully, you were able to take some much needed time for yourself in which to practice self-care after the busy work year.

As we return to a new semester, we remind you that practicing mindful awareness - the practice of being present in the moment- can be a wonderfully supportive way to address any stress or anxiety you may not realize you are carrying or accumulating.

Employee Assistance is here to support you with your stress management, and can provide guidance to you and your dependents through short-term counseling, assessment, referrals, and workshops. Please call 510-643-7754 to set up an in-person or phone appointment.


Employee Assistance Spring 2017 Workshops 

 To learn more about these upcoming workshops, additional information about the speakers, and registration details, see our Employee Assistance workshop page. 

Life in Retirement
Details coming soon

Visit the  Elder Care Workshop page  to learn more about these upcoming workshops, including more about the speakers, dates and times, and registration information.

Be Well at Work Fall Programs

As part of University Health Services, Be Well at Work offers faculty and staff an array of services that will help you lead a healthy and balanced life. These services include employee assistance, disability assistance, ergonomics, wellness, work-related medical treatment and work/life services and workshops. Click here for a list of all upcoming workshops.

Mindfulness Meditation Group
Take some time out for you, and try the free meditation group led by staff members who meet during lunch hour every Tuesday at the Tang Center.

Where: Tang Center, 3rd Fl. Conference Rm (3110)
When: Every Tuesday, 12:10 - 12:50 pm
Format: Drop in - no registration necessary.

Emotional Support Resources for Recent Rallies


Following recent national and local demonstrations which promoted hatred and bigotry, you and your community may be feeling anxious, afraid, vulnerable, and threatened. 

The following resources may be beneficial to you and your team at this time:

Employee Assistance is also available to speak with you in-person or via telephone regarding your concerns. Call 510 643 7754, if you would like support during these distressing times. 
Managing Job Stress 4-Part Series 

Every job can be challenging at times, learn ways  to help manage workplace stress and improve your work life balance by taking Kaiser's 4-part series on managing job stress.  Learn ways to create a healthy lifestyle, take better care of yourself, and enhance both your work day and your life.

When: 10/30/17 - 11/20/17
Where: 2425 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco
Time: 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Cost:  $50 for Kaiser members, $100 for nonmembers

Call  (415) 833-3450 to register
East Bay Meditation Center 

Every Body Every Mind Sangha
Sundays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
for people living with disabilities, limitations, differences and illness

LGBTQI & Same-Gender Loving Practice Group
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex & same-gender loving communities

People of Color Yoga
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
for people of color, no mat or special clothes required

People of Color Sangha
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
for people of color

Maha Sangha for All People & Communities
Fridays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
open to all; emphasis on radical inclusivity and social justice

Where: 285 17th Street, Oakland
Cost: Donation based
Mindfulness of Self-Care

Mindfulness of Self-Care is a 4-Week Workshop Series designed to support you in cultivating balanced, sustainable, and nourishing self-care practices. This class will address how to:
Motivate yourself with kindness
Transform your relationship with your body and inner critic
Recognize obstacles to self-care
Develop practices of forgiveness & gratitude

When: Begins Oct. 26th for 4 weeks
Where: Mindfulness Care Center, 42 Gough Street, San Francisco
Cost: $125
Motivation Monday with Dennis Ngango

Monday can often be the most challenging day of the week, but this weekly podcast aims to change that perception and charge you up with positivity and calmness to breeze through the rest of the week. With episodes on everything from new beginnings, to overcoming difficult situations, this podcast will be the weekly motivation you've been looking for.