By Melissa Lafrance on September 13, 2017
Mindfulness Programs at UBC – Orientation Webinar | September 25 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Online/Point Grey)
Join us for this orientation webinar to learn about the evidence supporting mindfulness and meditation, as well as the two training programs available for UBC staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows: the 30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge, an evidence-based online training and Mindfulness@Work, a six-week, in-person training program. Come learn about mindfulness, the science behind it and the practical application in your professional and personal life. Find out more and register for the webinar now.
Stress & Resilience Series (Location: Point Grey)
Join Dr. Thara Vayali in a three-part Stress and Resilience Series to explore the stress response, recognize your stress levels, build resilience, and discover the connection between empathy and stress.
Part 1 – Bouncing Back | September 21 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Resilience is a key component in the primary prevention of stress and the capacity to cope with and overcome adverse events. This workshop will cover the basics of stress, explain stress burnout, and share tools to become more resilient. Find out more and register now.
Part 2 – Empathy & Stress | September 28 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This workshop will define empathy and explore the ways empathy shows up in our day-to-day lives, how it can lead to stress, and beneficial ways of expressing empathy to improve wellbeing. Find out more and register now.
Part 3 – The Stress Inventory | October 5 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This workshop will explore the domains of stress, how you can take a personal stress assessment, and learn beneficial ways recognizing, managing and improving stress and your overall wellbeing. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | September 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Find out more and register now.
Coming up in October…
Mental Health First Aid Training | October 2 and 16 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Mental Health First Aid, a two-day, evidence-based workshop aims to improve mental health literacy by providing the skills and knowledge to help better manage potential or developing mental health problems in the self, a family member, a friend or a colleague. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, be able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards professional help. Find out more and register now.
March 5 and 12, 2018
April 6 and 13, 2018
April 30 and May 1, 2018 (for faculty members)
Register for the Not Myself Campaign| Deadline: October 9| (Location: All Vancouver site locations)
Not Myself Today is a national workplace mental health campaign focused on:
- Building an awareness and understanding of mental health
- Reducing stigma
- Fostering safe and supportive work cultures
This partnership is designed to provide departments with ready-made and easy-to-use toolkits for participating in Thrive Week. Join us in celebrating diversity, community and respect as colleagues at UBC. Click here to register your department or unit for the 2017 campaign, or learn more about the campaign and resources provided.
Conflict Management Series (Location: Point Grey)
Part 1 – Conflict Resolution in the Workplace | October 12 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
In the workplace, unresolved conflict can negatively impact the individuals involved, other team members and the organization as a whole by affecting productivity and morale. The approach you take to managing conflict determines whether stress or opportunities for growth will be created. This workshop examines various types of conflict and will provide you with a model for successfully resolving conflict at work. Find out more and register now.
Part 2 – Dealing with Difficult Personalities | October 26 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Workplaces can produce high achievers and dynamic team players. They can also be places where employees become regularly frustrated or annoyed with co-workers. Developing techniques to address these challenging personality types can greatly increase staff’s morale and job satisfaction. This session will look at the distinction between difficult behaviour and difficult people and provide participants with strategies to respond effectively to challenging situations with a focus on assertive communication. Find out more and register now.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of the Conflict Resolution Series happening in November.
Sit-Stand Desks & Platforms | October 17 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Location: Point Grey)
This workshop will provide important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available on the market. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option is most suitable. Product samples will be available for participants to try out in order to get an idea of how the different models impact positioning and workflow. Find out more and register now.
Office Ergo Rep Training | October 17 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
If your department is looking for more efficient response and support with regards to ergonomic issues for staff, consider taking the three-hour Office Ergo Rep Training. Learn basic ergonomic risk factors and assessments as well as proper computer workstation set-up, and get resources to take back to your unit. Find out more and register now.
Newcomers to Canada: Understanding Canadian Health Benefits | October 18 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey & Diamond Health Care Centre)
Moving can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to figure out how things work in a new country. This presentation will provide an overview on how health benefits work in Canada (in particular: BC Medical Services Plan and Extended Health and Dental). Available housing and relocation services will also be highlighted to assist you and your family with a smooth transition to UBC. Find out more and register now.
Coaching@UBC Internship Program Info Session | October 23 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Coaching@UBC’s 1:1 professional coaching service is now 14 years old. Since 2003, over 1,500 UBC employees have accessed our award winning program. To meet increasing demand for coaching, we are offering the opportunity to UBC employees to become credentialed coaches and support them with a Coaching Internship Award. Please join us for an upcoming information session to learn more about the Coaching Internship Program. Find out more and register here.
By Colin Hearne on June 3, 2014
This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics from digestive health, conflict management, travel benefits, workstation ergonomics, Mental Health first Aid training and more. Join us and take a few moments to build new skills, boost your health and to reflect on how you face the day. (Courses are at the Point Grey campus unless otherwise indicated)
Part 1 of Healthy UBC’s ‘Summer Digestive Health’ series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn to define proper digestion, understand why it has so much to do with your whole body health; and learn about the anatomy of the digestive system and how to discern where your body’s weakest link is. Attendees will also be able to take home four physical movements and lifestyle ideas to practice, that will assist the digestive system’s natural function. Click here for information.
Conflicts stem from many different sources. Understanding when, and how, to apply a variety of different conflict resolution strategies can prevent unnecessary hardship. This session reviews strategies to defuse anger and conflict so that difficult situations in the workplace can be resolved respectfully. Click here for information.
The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Attendees must complete both sessions to qualify for course completion. For more information and to register, click here.
Join Breast Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Counselor Bonnie McCoy in this Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment session – an interactive 45-minute education session that provides recent evidence about how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Click here for information.
The summer is nearly here and lots of us and getting ready for vacations both at home and abroad. A medical emergency while travelling can be a frightening and costly experience. Join UBC Benefits Analyst Stephanie Mah in this one-hour session on Understanding your Sun Life Travel benefits and ensure that your well-earned break is as stress free as possible. This session will also include a Q & A, so feel free to come with questions. Click here for information.
UBC Ergonomics is offering free computer workstation set-up tutorials, on the last Thursday of every month. These one-hour tutorials combine a presentation and a practical session giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. Learn how to optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Training is located on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd). Register online for these sessions now.
The Ergonomics program at UBC strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (usually three hours) and material required for reps to promote, educate and ensure musculoskeletal health for employees in their departments. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Coordinator in simple computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. Register Online Here. Session will be held on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd).
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. Monday’s group meets out front of the UBC Bookstore and leaves at 12:10 p.m., while Wednesday’s group leaves at 12:10 p.m. outside the TEF3 building on Agronomy – location here. All abilities welcome. For more information click here. (*NB Wednesdays Power-walking commences on June18 2014)
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