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By Melissa Lafrance on October 3, 2017
Stress & Resilience Series (Location: Point Grey)
Dr. Thara Vayali has been leading a three-part Stress and Resilience Series to explore the stress response, recognize stress levels, build resilience, and discover the connection between empathy and stress. Register for the third and final part of her series. You do not need to have attended the previous two workshops.
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 of recognizing, managing and improving stress and your overall wellbeing. Find out more and register now.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Starts October 16, 2017 & February 19, 2018 (Online)
This innovative and evidence-based training is aimed at UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. Content is delivered online via any device, and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, participants will be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work in a team. The challenge is now free for UBC staff and faculty. Learn more and register for the fall 2017 or spring 2018 challenge now.
Conflict Management Series (Location: Point Grey)
Part 1 – Conflict Resolution in the Workplace | October 12 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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.
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 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 of how health benefits work in Canada (in particular, the BC Medical Services Plan and Extended Health and Dental Benefits). 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.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | October 25 | 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.
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 14 years old. Since 2003, over 1,500 UBC employees have accessed our award-winning program. To meet increasing demand for coaching, Coaching@UBC is offering the opportunity for UBC employees to become credentialed coaches and support through a Coaching Internship Award. Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the Coaching Internship Program. Find out more and register here.
Managing Your Money | October 25 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Creating a plan to manage your money is a sound way to achieve the goals you want in life, whether it be a house, travel, education or retirement. The quote, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” does apply to the process of managing personal finances. In this session, join money coach Melanie Buffel to learn how to manage and control finances, reinforce good habits, build new ones and create a manageable budget. There will be additional information on saving to meet your financial needs and investing these savings. Find out more and register now.
Thrive Week Workshops & Courses (October 30 – November 3)
Thriving in Change | October 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Cost: $200 (Location: Point Grey)
Change is normal and natural, and we can respond to change and support others to make it a positive experience. Attend this half-day course to explore your own attitudes and reactions to change, learn foundational models to broaden your appreciation, and gain new tools and strategies to use in an interpersonal and organizational context. This course is PD-eligible and costs $200 to enrol. Find out more and register now.
Coming up in November…
Mindfulness@Work Program | Starts November 7, 2017 (Location: Point Grey) and April 5, 2018 (Location: DHCC/VGH) | Cost: $100
The six-week, in-person Mindfulness@Work training program runs in November 2017 and in April 2018. If you are looking for more in-depth mindfulness training, Mindfulness@Work specifically focuses on integrating the practice of mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork, and communication. Learn more and register now.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training | November 23 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Location: DHCC/VGH)
QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives, much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention. Learn to recognize suicide warning signs, how to approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate health services, and connect the person to resources that will help resolve crises. Suicide is preventable. Find out more and register now.
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By Melissa Lafrance on March 2, 2017
Debunking the Diet Series with Dr. Thara Vayali (Location: Point Grey)
Part 1: The Toxin Myth – Mar. 7, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
The terms “toxin” and “detox” are commonly used in natural health and wellbeing lingo. Find out what the terminology really means, and understand your body’s actual detoxification mechanisms. Learn what to look for in a safe “detox” plan and leave with three valid and useful diet and lifestyle changes that help you step into a cleaner, clearer new year.
Part 2: Salt, Sugar, Fat – Mar. 22, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Part 3: Nutrition vs. Nourishment – Apr. 5, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
For more information, and to register, click on the links for the session or sessions you’re interested in attending.
Living Well with Stress – Mar. 8, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Location: Point Grey)
Workplace stress can be triggered by many sources: heavy workloads with tight timelines, layoffs or restructurings, or difficult co-workers. When combined with our pressures and responsibilities outside of work, it is no wonder that many of us experience high levels of stress in daily routines. Left unaddressed, stress can lead to absenteeism and has the potential to turn into a major mental or physical health concern. This session will teach you how to effectively manage stress for optimal health, wellbeing and workplace productivity. For more information and to register, click here.
Mental Health First Aid Training – Mar. 9 & 23, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Location: Point Grey)
Mental Health First Aid, a two-day in-person workshop, aims to improve mental health literacy by providing 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. 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. For more information and to register, click here.
Understanding Your Travel Benefits – Mar. 15, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Location: Point Grey & Okanagan)
Planning a vacation in Canada or abroad? This information session will be useful for anyone wanting to know more about UBC’s travel benefits and how to be prepared in a medical emergency. Join UBC Benefits Specialist Stephanie Mah for a one-hour session to deepen your understanding of your travel benefits and ensure that your well-earned vacation is as stress-free as possible.
Building Bridges: Collaborations at Work – Mar. 14, 1:15pm – 2:15pm (Location: Robson Square)
Working with others is a requirement in the workplace, and when collaborations successfully occur, many feel positive, productive and willing to face challenges. This session will teach you the key elements of teamwork and provide an opportunity to practice collaboration-building techniques. For more information and to register, click here.
Welcoming Change in Your Life – Mar. 16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Location: Point Grey)
Change is a natural part of life. You may be aware that a change is imminent but are uncertain about what it will involve and how it will affect your life. Join us for a session that will address the emotional reactions involved with change and help you learn the coping skills to manage change more effectively. Participants will understand the different types of change, develop management strategies and learn to view change in a more positive manner. For more information and to register, click here.
Creating Balance in Your Life – Mar. 29, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Location: Point Grey)
In today’s environment of competing demands, relentless commitments and constantly feeling short of time, balance often does not come easily or naturally. Join us for a session to help you explore how your current choices impact work-life satisfaction and to develop strategies to achieve greater balance in your life by identifying your priorities and things you may not be able to control. For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial – Mar. 29, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (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 in 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. For more information and to register, click here.
Coming up soon …
Debt Freedom – Financial Workshop
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By Melissa Lafrance on May 3, 2016
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this spring. Sign up today for programs including Stress Relaxation Techniques, Parenting Tips, Movement, Dr. Thara Vayali’s Three-Week Balanced & Bright Cleanse Series, Ergonomics, CAMMPUS, and plenty more!
Stress Relaxation Techniques – May 5, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the stress response, discuss the importance of managing stress, and practice stress reducing exercises. For more information and to register, click here.
Move by Design – an Interactive Movement Workshop – May 12, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
With the support and guidance from two chiropractors, you will learn the best ways to move and mobilize your body to maximize results while minimizing risk. For more information and to register, click here.
30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge Wrap-up Celebration – May 16, 2016 @ 1:30-2pm (Location: Point Grey)
This session is an opportunity to celebrate all the people at UBC who participated in the 30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge in February and March. Please join us in celebrating your success! For more information and to register, click here.
Parenting Tips: How to talk to your kids about sexual health – May 18, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Parents of children pre-school age and up will learn how to speak with your children about body science and sexual health, and get answers to many of the questions that children can ask about this sometimes awkward subject.
Join UBC HR’s very own Health Promotion Coordinator Miranda Massie, a Certified Sexual Health Educator, and arm yourself with knowledge, age-appropriate information and fantastic resources! For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office – May 25, 2016 @ 12-1pm (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. For more information and to register, click here.
Balanced & Bright Cleanse: A 3-Week Naturopathic Life & Diet Plan – June 2, 9, & 16, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join Naturopathic Doctor, Yoga Teacher, UBC alumna, and Healthy UBC Newsletter contributor Dr. Thara Vayali to kick-start your cleanse in a three-part Cleanse Series this June.
Small changes over time make a big difference. Mindfulness, eating, and movement goals, supported with health education, discussion, and community. The cost is $10 to attend all three Thursday classes. For more information and to register, click here.
Are You Heart Healthy? Say Yes with CAMMPUS, and Attend an Info Session to Learn More! Available until September 30, 2016
Info Sessions: May 31 & June 22, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join us to learn about participating in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).
CAMMPUS offers UBC faculty and staff a free 30-minute assessment with a registered pharmacist (or student under pharmacist supervision) from the UBC Pharmacists Clinic. During the assessment, you will find out your current level of heart health and what steps you can take to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.
Want to learn more about CAMMPUS? Attend an information session! For more information and to register, click here.
Coming up later in June…
QPR Suicide Prevention Training – June 28, 2016 (Point Grey)
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By Colin Hearne on August 5, 2015
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of FREE activities and events for August and September. Sign up today for topics including Learn to Meditate Orientation, Are You Heart Healthy, Getting to Know Lynda.com and plenty more!
Are you interested in learning Photoshop, how to edit a video with iMovie, or in creating professional presentations? UBC faculty and staff employees have FREE access to lynda.com, a leading online learning resource that helps anyone learn software, technology; and creative and workplace business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Join Stephanie Thorpe and Cathy Faulconer from Human Resources in this workshop to discover how lynda.com’s features and online tutorials can support your ongoing learning goals. For more information and to register, click here.
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in the final session of this three-part series to help UBC employees navigate possible career opportunities and create a personalized career development plan. At this last workshop in the series, we debrief the experience of making the connections, lessons learned, and how to recalibrate for success moving forward. For more information and to register, click here.
Starting in August 2015, UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits in the Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invite UBC faculty and staff from UBCs Point Grey campus, Robson Square and Hospital Locations to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site). CAMMPUS features confidential, expertly guided services provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible. Click here for more information
This orientation session is a free opportunity to learn more about the Learn to Meditate Four-Week program offered to UBC employees, and have an opportunity to register for the sessions beginning in late 2015. Come to hear the benefits, differences and similarities of meditation and mindfulness, and how it can help you build your resiliency and reduces stress. The facilitator will share her story in developing her own meditation practice, and in bringing this meditation facilitation to others. Click here for more information and to register.
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in the first session of this three-part series to help UBC employees navigate possible career opportunities and create a personalized career development plan. This lunch-n-learn workshop will talk about the Career Navigation @ UBC approach to enhancing your professional success. We will discuss an approach to help you discover your career strengths and enhance your career wellbeing and professional success. Click here for more information and to register.
Coming This Fall: Healthy UBC’s Three-Part Fall Digestive Health series with Dr. Thara Vayali
Part 1 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Digestive Health Series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn to define proper digestion, understand why digestion has so much to do with your whole body health; and learn about the anatomy of the digestive system and how to discern your body’s weakest link. Attendees will also be able to take home four physical movements and lifestyle ideas to practice, that will assist the digestive system’s natural functions. Click here for more information and to register.
Part 2 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Digestive Health Series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn the real deal behind bacterial balance, what probiotics can do (and can’t do) and whether probiotics are appropriate for you. Leave with four easy food ideas that promote bacterial health to incorporate into your diet over the next four weeks. Click here for more information and to register.
Part 3 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Digestive Health Series with Dr. Thara Vayali. Learn the reasons behind how mood, food and digestion can affect each other, and how different types of fibre can assist with full-body health, with four simple diet & lifestyle ideas to achieve a blissful belly. Click here for more information and to register.
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