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FASAP Offering Educational Groups for 2012
Beginning Jan 18
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Administrative Services Building.
The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will be offering
a six-week, 60 minute per week session on Managing Anger.
The class will focus on:
- How to understand the anger response and recognize anger triggers
- Learning steps and skills for cool downs and other ways to manage one’s anger effectively
- Learning problem solving skills
- How to brainstorm appropriate responses to stressful situations
This educational series will be conducted by professional staff of FASAP. The series will be held in a confidential setting within the FASAP office area, in the Administrative Services Building.
Those who would like to learn how to better understand and more effectively manage their anger are encouraged to attend. Participation is voluntary.
To register for this educational series please go to www.mhealthy.umich.edu/stressmgt and sign up for the Ann Arbor Campus “Managing Anger” series, or if you have any questions at all please feel free to contact FASAP’s program assistant Tina Weymouth at 936-8660.
Class size is limited, so those interested are encouraged to register promptly. Please register by January 11th.
Successful Retirement: What Does It Take Besides Money?
Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room
Happiness in retirement is about more than finances. People who are "successfully retired" have planned lifestyles that keep them physically, socially, and intellectually active in order to ensure their total well-being. Join us in a discussion in which you will learn from experts as well as from colleagues who have retired successfully or who are planning to retire in the near future. You will leave with ideas about planning for your own successful retirement.
Register for Successful Retirement: What Does It Take Besides Money?
Stress Hardy: Bouncing Back from Difficult Times
Tuesdays (date TBD, 2 session class)
HRD, Administrative Services Building
How well are you managing stress? This two-part series is designed to address personal and work-related stress. Participants will have the opportunity to receive a personalized stress assessment; increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of stress in order to reduce its effects; learn a variety of techniques to manage stress including addressing negative thought patterns; and develop a personalized action plan to reduce stress and increase well-being.
Register for Stress Hardy: Bouncing Back from Difficult Times
Drop-in Support Group for Caregivers
Tuesdays, Feb 7, and Apr 10 (attend any or all)
11:30am - 12:45pm
Michigan Union- Wolverine Room
Who is Caring for the Caregivers? Are you a caregiver for an aging parent, disabled partner, or special needs family member? If so, you may be at risk for increased stress, lost work time, health concerns and/or time away from friends and other family. You may have conflicted feelings about the family member whom you assist and find it difficult to discuss the challenges of your situation or get personal support. Join us for group discussions that will afford participants the opportunity to share experiences and resources, increase coping and gain support.
No Registration Required
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact FASAP at 734-936-8660.
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Announcing Winners of the 2011 Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors
The Work/Life Programs office is pleased to announce the winners of the first Work/Life Champion Award for supervisors. This award recognizes UM supervisors who promote work/life balance through consistent recognition of and responsiveness to their employee’s professional and personal lives, incorporating important job demands along with customer and team needs.
Ten winners were selected from over 150 nominations from UM Flint, Dearborn, the Health System and Central Campus. They were chosen because they encourage work/life balance through a number of positive management practices; humanize the work environment by treating everyone with dignity, respect and integrity; promote teamwork while also being sensitive to an individual’s personal needs; and have a positive leadership style which empowers others and recognizes contributions of staff.
Winners were honored by individual celebrations with their teams over the summer, and as a group at the October 4 Work/Life Conference. These awards recognize the effectiveness of those who use best practices in managing their teams, and provide positive examples of leadership for UM faculty and staff. Interviews with the 2011 winners will be coming soon to the Work/Life Resource Center website.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors:
- Todd M. Baily, Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
- Dr. Jose’ Antonio Diaz, Research Investigator, Vascular Surgery, Medical School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Stephanie Gatica, Administrative Manager, Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Dennis Grimard, Ph.D, Managing Director – LNF, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Sandra Iaderosa, MSW, Clinical Social Work Manager, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
- Vijay Nair, Ph.D, Donald A. Darling Professor of Statistics, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Esrold Nurse, Ph.D, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Kate Pepin, Director, Facilities Planning, University of Michigan, Dearborn
- Olidia Thomas, Clinic Department Associate III, UMH Briarwood Family Practice, Ann Arbor
- Maureen Thum, Ph.D, Professor, English Department, University of Michigan, Flint
Many thanks to our nominating committee members: Beth Humpert, Tim Kennedy, Adam Bonarek, Latreece Taylor, Jennie McAlpine and Barb Mulay.
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Preventing Road Rage
At times many of us have gotten frustrated or upset at other drivers on the road. Most of us have witnessed someone behind the wheel not being safe; yelling at someone else, tailgating, cutting others off, texting and talking on cell phones. One national survey cited that 30 percent of adult drivers have complained about other drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety cites that aggressive driving behaviors are a part of up to 56% of fatal crashes. Driving can definitely be a challenging and stressful adventure at times. What are some ways that we can prepare ourselves to maintain our composure when we get behind the wheel?
Tips To Keep Yourself Cool
- Prepare yourself with a “Travel Mode” mind set. Acknowledge to yourself that other drivers may exhibit inappropriate behavior while driving and that you can deal with it and not react.
- Give yourself enough time to get to your destination, don’t rush yourself or drive faster when you find you are late.
- Don’t engage with an aggressive driver, avoid eye contact with them and ignore any nonverbal gestures they may make toward you. If you are feeling frustrated avoid staring at other drivers.
- Take a series of deep breaths, count to ten, pull off the road if you feel your blood pressure going up and muscles tightening.
If you find yourself getting upset or in too many driving (or other) situations where you’re feeling angry, overwhelmed, anxious or overly agitated, consider consulting with one of the professional counselors at FASAP. One of our counselors can assist you in developing techniques to handle your own anger levels or any of the frustrations you experience.
To schedule a time to meet with one of our staff call 734-936-8660 or email email@example.com
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U-M Bike Town Hall
When: Tuesday, January 24th, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
Learn how U-M is improving biking on campus. Share ideas with staff, students and faculty.
Snacks and drinks will be provided!
If you are unable to attend the event, you can still submit your comments by visiting http://pts.umich.edu/news/index.php?news_id=171
Office of Campus Sustainability: sustainability.umich.edu
Parking & Transportation Services: pts.umich.edu
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