Employee Assistance Spring 2019 Newsletter
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2222 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720



Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 5 PM

Schedule an appointment with an Employee Assistance Counselor via telephone or email.

Office MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo, Oprah Winfrey Network) and Rico Gagliano (audio host, producer, print reporter and author) will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. 


Book Recommendations 

"Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains" - Susan A. Greenfield

Renowned neuroscientist Susan Greenfield brings together a range of scientific studies, news events, and cultural criticism to create an incisive snapshot of "the global now." Disputing the assumption that our technologies are harmless tools, Greenfield explores whether incessant exposure to social media sites, search engines, and videogames is capable of rewiring our brains, and whether the minds of people born before and after the advent of the Internet differ.


Five Reasons to Take a Break from Screens 


"As our relationship with mobile devices has grown, the research evidence has mounted: Excessive media use is not good for us physically, mentally, or emotionally. The good news is that taking a media break is a powerful way to improve our well-being. " In anticipation of Be Well at Work's Balancing Technology Challenge, read psychologist, Mary Gomes' article for the Greater Good Science Center which addresses 5 beneficial reasons to take a break from screens.
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.



Welcome to a new semester!

We hope you enjoyed the holiday break, and maybe even found some downtime to practice self-care despite the busyness of the holiday season. 

As we greet this new year, now may be a great time to set intentions for the next few months. Focusing on simple changes can considerably impact your overall health in a positive and sustainable way. If you have time, please join us for our workshop which will address how to identify and alter negative habits.

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 2019 Workshops 

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

Thursday, March 14th; 12:10-1:30 pm

The connection between the environment and our health and well-being cannot be understated. Exotherapy is a way to bring the healing qualities of nature into your life and center yourself in this often rushed world and modern age of technology. 
This workshop will be held outdoors pending weather.

Wednesday, February 20th; 2 - 3 pm
Panelist: Leslie Bell, Ph.D. LCSW, CEAP

Insights for Your Retirement Transition: Panelists will provide insight into opportunities to consider in the transition of retirement, including practical tools that can help. 

Thursday, April 11th; 12:10-1:30 pm

In this workshop, Dr. Jones will discuss narcissistic personality disorder, as well as traits which are common in toxic individuals. Her discussion will include red flags that individuals should pay attention to while dating or in a relationship, and address indicators of a toxic, manipulative, and dangerous relationship with another person. Attendees will be provided a checklist which they can identify characteristics of unhealthy relationships. 
Wednesday, May 29th; 12:10-1:30 pm

Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Health habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want. 
In this workshop, we will explore how habits work, how we can change unhealthy ones., and how we can form new healthy habits.

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 Spring Programs

Be Well at Work offers faculty and staff an array of services that will help you lead a healthy and balanced life. This semester, our spring programs will include highlighting the many ways that technology can affect and assist our work and and personal life. Join us as we identify the potential risks of technology, look at healthy technology habits, and offer ways to reconnect with yourself and others.  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

 Drop in - no registration necessary.

Spring Equinox Sound Bath 

What better way to switch off than to close your eyes and experience the natural meditative quality of being in nature layered with serene sounds of quartz crystal singing bowls. 

These unique instruments slow down your brainwaves to meditative-like states through a process called entrainment that have the potential to:

* Create sustained harmony of the body and mind. 
* Release emotional stress and physical tension.
* Receive spontaneous insight and heightened intuition. 
* Soothe and balance your nervous system"

When: Wed. March 20
Where: UC Botanical Gardens
Time: 12 - 1 pm

R.A.D. Self Defense for Women

Cal Self Defense for All (CSDA) is a program that addresses violence and harassment in our community by empowering members of our community to know about the problem, develop personal strategies, and learn physical resistive techniques in a supportive environment. 

R.A.D for Women is a 9 hour comprehensive women* and femmes course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. 

When:  Friday, 5/19 and 6/7: 8:30 am - 1 pm, Participants must attend both sessions.
Where: Tang Education Center
Cost: $10 with UCB ID 

The Assault on Empathy: The Promise of a Friction-Free Life

Attached to our digital devices, so many of us would rather text than talk, to the point that Professor Sherry Turkle has argued is a "flight from conversation." Its appeal: a life that seems friction-free, without the stress of face-to-face conversation and negotiation. It's a way of life that comes with a view of the good life that has significant psychological, social, and political dimensions. Join Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology MIT, Sherry Turkle as she addresses this topic.

When: Tuesday, 2/5: 4:10 pm
Where: International House, Chevron Auditorium, UC Berkeley
Cost: Free