Training & Education: Brown Bag / Education Classes
The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) are offering fifteen "Brown Bag" educational presentations for the 2013-2014 academic year. The 45-minute presentations, offered free of charge, are available to any faculty/staff group or unit upon request (there is a minimum number of attendees required). They are provided at the requestor's site and are ideal offerings for a lunch hour or during a staff development session.
If you are interested in scheduling presentations or classes or would like a brochure, please call 734-936-8660. These sessions can be requested any time during the workday for staff development meetings - not just during lunch hours!
Following is a list of the classes that are being offered for the 2013-2014 academic year (please click on title to view a description of the class):
- NEW! Managing Your Stress through Managing Your Thinking
- NEW! Finding Happiness In The Cards You Are Dealt
- Challenge Yourself - Expand Your Comfort Zone
- Creative Thinking
- Cross-Culture Differences
- Understanding Mental Health Conditions & Creating a Emotional Healthy Work Environment
- Get To It: Getting Motivated
- How To Say It: The Language of Success At Work
- Humor For The Health Of It
- Keeping In Tune With Your Job
- Oops – Why We Make Mistakes and What We Can Do About It
- Remember This!
- Strategies for Dealing with Difficult People
- Stress Management for Your Lifestyle
- Understanding Generations At Work
Please note: you can also request educational sessions about conflict management through Mediation Services. Go to http://www.umich.edu/~mediate for suggested topics and descriptions.
This brown bag isavailable to all units on central campus and is 60 minutes in duration. The brown bag
identifies ways in which negative and illogical thinking often leads to personal and
occupational stress. The session also includes methods to replace these illogical thoughts
with more logical or rational ways of thinking, which has been found to significantly
To inquire about scheduling a session, please contact FASAP at (734)936-
Do you think you've been dealt a
good hand in life? Are you making the most of the cards you've been dealt? Or would
your life be happier if you could exchange a few cards? Join FASAP in an interactive
session that looks at what makes people happy and how to make the most of the hand
you've been dealt.
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To inquire about scheduling a brown bag, please contact FASAP at (734)936-8660.
Feeling confined or in a rut? Need a change? Is this the time for you to experience something new or go in a new direction in your life? Join us to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of comfort zones, and think about ways of expanding yours.
Take time to think outside the box and color outside the lines. This presentation explores factors that influence creativity and examines the stages of creative thought. Through discussion and exercises, participants are encouraged to use their imaginations and think laterally in order to unlock creative insights.
This presentation is to increase awareness about cultural differences and explore ways of handling conflicts that have a high cross-cultural component.
Do you know that an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime? Given that you, a family member or a coworker might be that one individual, perhaps you can benefit from a better understanding of mental and emotional health conditions and factors that constitute a mental health friendly work environment. Join us to discuss these issues and learn about the workplace programs and resources available to UM faculty and staff who experience mental health conditions.
Are you tired of wasting time when you really should be working? Even when you know a task is important, do you sometimes have difficulty doing your best, or even doing it at all? Or maybe you have difficulty getting others (children, partner, coworkers) to work at their best. Join us to discuss what we know about motivation, and explore ways of increasing your own motivation as well as that of others.
Do you wish that you could communicate the message you want to get across? Join us to learn strategies to improve both your nonverbal and verbal communication styles. This presentation applies to work, but is also useful in personal relationships.
Humor is vital for maintaining good physical and mental health. Come have fun and relieve some tension while learning ways to look at the humorous side of things.
This presentation outlines factors that help you feel more engaged in your work. We will explore both personal and work-related ways of keeping your work energy high. You will be given the opportunity to assess your level of job engagement.
Tired of making mistakes and beating yourself up because of them? Frustrated or confused about why other people make mistakes? Join us to explore the underlying causes of mistakes and discuss ways of preventing them.
Everyone can improve their ability to remember. Join in a discussion about types of memory and how memory works. Learn tips to improve your ability to store and retrieve information. Practice techniques that can enhance your memory.
This session first examines why some people are difficult to deal with and why they act the way they do. Some tips on what pitfalls to avoid when interacting with difficult persons are given. The key principles and strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors are provided and discussed.
This brown bag examines the dynamics of stress and helps participants identify the sources of harmful stress in their lives. Participants will review stress management techniques and be encouraged to adopt those that suit their personalities and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Explore the different generations from the Veterans to the Xer's and how these generations evolve in the workplace. Discussion will focus on understanding differences, resolving conflict and managing effectively in an age diverse workplace.