Programs & Workshops
IU offers programs and workshops to help you live your best you.
October 3-November 14, 2022
6-week online Gratitude Challenge
For the IU Community
Registration closes Friday, September 23!
Gratitude is the appreciation of goodness in our lives and the recognition that “the sources of this goodness lies at least partially outside the self” (Emmons & Stern, 2013). Research shows that grateful people have better physical and mental health, including lower levels of blood pressure; better quality of sleep; lower levels of stress, depression, and anxiety; and higher levels of happiness.
So, how do we become more grateful people? By making gratitude practices a lifelong habit! Join the IU Gratitude Challenge to practice developing long-term habits of gratitude.
During the 6-week challenge, participants will:
- Engage in gratitude journaling (about 5 minutes each day; 5 days per week)
- Select 1 other gratitude activity to try each week from a menu of 6 activities (each activity is about 20-30 minutes long)
Mental Health First Aid Training
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (ET) (1/2 hour lunch break included)
Campus Center, Room 309
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Much like Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency lifesaving training, MHFA training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
This training is provided by IU Public Safety and Institutional Assurance (PSIA).
Instructors: Laury Flint and James Vastag
Questions: Please contact PSIA at 812-855-2004.
Psychological Safety in the Workplace
10:00 a.m.-Noon (ET)
- Session #1: 09/16/2022 - For Leaders
- Session #2: 09/23/2022 - For Leaders
- Session #3: 09/30/2022 - For Employees
- Session #4: 10/07/2022 - For Employees
FOR LEADERS: This 2-part workshop (sessions #1 and #2) is designed for leaders and focus on creating teams where people feel safe and empowered to innovate, bring diverse ideas to the conversation, and challenging ideas. We can achieve this practice by ensuring that there is psychological safety in the workplace. Psychological safety means that teams embrace conflict and create a space where individuals feel safe asking questions, brainstorming out loud, and experience high-trust relationships in the workplace. This session will explore best practices in creating and leading a psychologically safe team.
FOR EMPLOYEES: It takes time to build a psychologically safe work environment, but it only takes moments for it to be destroyed. The onus for protecting a psychologically safe work environment does not rely solely on leaders. Employees play a vital role in building and protecting a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. This 2-part workshop (sessions #3 and #4) is designed for employees and focuses on 13 elements that impact our psychological responses to work and work conditions. We will explore what these elements may look like in the workplace and discuss what you as an employee can do to protect the well-being of yourself and others while at work.
Tuesdays, September 13-October 18, 2022
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET)
We are all good at attending to the needs of those around us, but we are often very hard on ourselves. And that is a set up for things like burnout, stress, and resentment. Research shows that people who adopt self-compassion practices have less depression and anxiety and are more likely to experience positive mind states like happiness and life satisfaction. Mindful Self-Compassion is a training developed by Kristen Neff, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin, and Christopher Germer, Ph.D., of Harvard. It is a research-proven 6-week course with each session lasting an hour.
Please join us for this chance to re-learn how to include yourself in your own circle of caring.
The course provides a number of ways to bring self-compassion into even the most stressful moments. Here is a breakdown of the classes:
- Session 1: Exploring what self-compassion is and seeing how it does or does not show up for us, and then looking at ways to cultivate it.
- Session 2: Seeing how to bring more self-compassion into our lives with simple, easy to implement practices that can be done in the moment.
- Session 3: Looking at ways to work with the inner critic and to find our inner compassionate voice.
- Session 4: Using self-compassion to work with difficult emotions.
- Session 5: Investigating caregiver fatigue and burnout, and how self-compassion can remind us to offer care to ourselves as we attend to the needs of others.
- Session 6: Exploring the importance of our core values, and how self-compassion can help when we can’t completely live in alignment with those values. We will also look at the resources available to maintain a self-compassion practice.
After the 6 weeks series, you are invited to join 30-minute, drop-in sessions to continue your practice Tuesdays, October 25-November 15, 11:30 a.m.-Noon.
Building a Resilient Team Amid Change: Addressing Anxiety at Work
Thursday, September 29, 2022
1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)
This virtual training shares strategies and resources for building an emotionally safe workplace and a resilient team. Leaders will learn how to spot rising anxiety levels among their team members, ease the concerns of employees who are overwhelmed or worried about the future, and engage in effective conversations about emotions in uncertain times. This training will also illustrate how team members at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters camaraderie, productivity, and calm.
"This topic is one I think all of our leaders need to be trained on! It is critical for today's workforce and especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic."
"Anxiety is something we all experience. There is no one who shouldn't take the course."
"The skills I learned were very helpful and I think all employees, whether in leadership or not, could benefit from this."
Mindful Way to Stress Reduction
Wednesday, September 14
10:00-11:00 a.m. (ET)
Wednesdays, September 21-November 2
10:00-11:00 a.m. (ET)
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A growing body of research has shown that mindfulness meditation practice improves concentration and focus and may lead to greater well-being, less reactivity to stress, and fewer symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbance.
IU staff and faculty who attended this class have said:
- “The class is absolutely wonderful—and for me, life-changing.”
- “I can find inner peace through the techniques learned in this class that brings me a renewed sense of energy!”
- “This course has helped me realize what is most important and foremost in my life. All the other things are very small in comparison.”
- “I am so grateful for this opportunity—expert guidance, supportive work environment, a walk to the Union each week. What I am learning extends way beyond my work at IU; this class is giving me the tools I need to be a calmer, more focused and aware wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend—a calmer, more focused and aware me.”
This program focuses on:
- Recognizing and addressing stressful situations effectively “on the spot”
- Managing chronic stress
- Improving focus and communication
- Enhancing mind-body wellness
Employees are invited to the orientation, which is the first session, to assess if this class meets their needs. The class is free to employees committed to attending the weekly sessions. The class is an adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center For Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts.
Facilitator: Linda F. Brown, PhD, HSPP, clinical psychologist and certified MBSR instructor
Mid-Day Mindfulness Practice
2 Options Available!
Mondays, August 22-November 28 (skipping Labor Day and Thanksgiving week)
12:30-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30-Noon (CT)
Live online at https://iu.zoom.us/j/4827247576
Facilitator: Leslie Flowers
These sessions practice the relaxation tools of conscious breathing, meditation, and chair yoga.
Thursdays, August 25-December 1 (skipping Thanksgiving week)
12:15-12:45 p.m. (ET) / 11:15–11:45 a.m. (CT)
Live online at https://iu.zoom.us/j/99813946997?pwd=SWdnYkQreXNiKzBpejd1WWlNeFhnZz09
Facilitator: Linda F. Brown, PhD, HSPP; clinical psychologist and certified instructor to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
You are warmly welcome to participate in these 30-minute sessions that include 15 to 20 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation practice plus a short reading about mindfulness. This is offered on a drop-in basis; you can join us whenever it fits your needs and/or circumstances, no advance notice required. We hope you will benefit from this span of stillness to relax and refocus in the midst of your workday. Participants are muted throughout the session; we encourage you to have cameras on to create a sense of community.
Thursdays, September 8-November 10, 2022
11:00-11:50 a.m. (ET)
Get the benefits of yoga without bringing your mat! This expert-led class explores yoga poses with the use of a chair. This class is great for both beginners and those with yoga experience.
Come to Chair Yoga for:
- A mindfulness and relaxation break
- Yoga poses you can take with you to your personal workspace
- Calming breathing techniques
What to wear: Loose fitting clothes you can move and stretch in. Participants might want to wear pants or longer dresses/skirts.
Tai Chi for Health
Tuesdays, September 6-November 15, 2022 (skipping October 18 for Fall Break)
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Join others who enjoy Tai Chi as you reap the potential benefits of this mind/body activity:
- Improve muscular strength and flexibility
- Reduce muscle and joint pain
- Improve balance and prevent falls
- Boost mental well-being and focus
- Reduce stress and anxiety and increase relaxation
Tai Chi for Health, which has roots in ancient martial arts, has been called "meditation in motion" and "medication in motion" because of its many health benefits. Combining slow, continuous movements with focused breathing, it is an enjoyable activity that is suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Leave each session relaxed and refreshed!
Space Requirements: This class is well-suited to the online format because the movements can be done in in smaller spaces while sitting or standing (no floor work).
What to Wear: Wearing supportive shoes and loose clothing that is comfortable for moving is best, but business attire will also work.
Instructor: Ingrid Ritchie, Board Certified Instructor, Tai Chi for Health Institute
Contact: email@example.com (317-513-4977)
Cooking with Katie: Easy One-Pot Pasta Dinner & No-Bake Energy Bites
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET)
Whether you are in a rush to get the kids to soccer practice or have a busy day full of meetings, we all need simple solutions for healthy meals and snacks. In this segment of Cooking with Katie, Student Health Center’s Katie Shepherd will show participants how to make an easy easy one-pot pasta dinner and no-bake energy bites. Participants will receive recipe and ingredient list approximately 1 week prior to the event.
Guide to Tackling Emotional Eating
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET)
Do you ever turn to food to soothe your feelings? Let WW help you break the emotional-eating cycle. During this webinar, a WW Coach will walk through techniques to help quiet the part of the brain that activates our stress response.
Hosted by IU Benefits partner WW (Weight Watchers).
Tuesdays, August 23-December 13, 2022
Noon-12:30 p.m. (ET)
Join Registered Dietitian Steven Lalevich on Tuesdays for a nutrition conversation via Zoom. Each week, we’ll explore a nutrition topic and open up the dialogue for Q&A. No need to attend every session; join us when you can.
Work + Life
Supporting Our Kids' Mental Health
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
11:00 a.m.-Noon (ET)
As parents, it can be difficult to identify our children’s mental health needs and effectively support them. This session will provide guidance around how to develop an awareness of what each child needs to healthily navigate life, especially in these difficult times, as well as how to connect in a supportive and appropriate way. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and their “best practices,” as well as ask for ideas and suggestions for the situations that are the most challenging. Additional resources, such as the EAP, will also be provided.
Hosted by IU Benefits partner SupportLinc EAP.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
This seminar provides a structured and didactic forum for discussing diversity, issues that arise, recognizing personal bias, and finding common ground. Participants will define terms, understand the emotional and physical impact of discrimination, and discuss ways to manage stress. The seminar will also provide tips for conversing about diversity with adults and children and discuss opportunities to build alliances in and outside of the workplace.
Hosted by IU Benefits partner SupportLinc EAP.
Health & Safety
Healthy Back Series
Thursdays, September 22-October 27, 2022
Having issues with your back? This 6-week series will help you learn all about how to care for your back. We will cover common injuries and causes of back pain, proper ergonomic set up of your workstation, and how to safely lift and perform other everyday activities. We will focus on safe and effective core stability, strengthening, and stretching exercises, with mini practical movement assignments each week. Join us for a healthier back and enhanced well-being!
SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by CuraLinc Healthcare, is a confidential resource that provides 24/7 access to professional counseling and referrals. SupportLinc’s licensed counselors can provide short-term assistance with issues such as:
- grief and loss
- substance abuse
- marriage and relationship problems
- work-related pressures
- stress and anxiety
Eligibility: Services are provided at no cost to all employees, IU Residents, Graduate Appointees, Fellowship Recipients, and their household members.
- Unlimited 24/7/365 telephonic counseling with a professionally licensed counselor
- Up to six face-to-face counseling sessions per issue, per year at no cost (sessions are held in-person or over secure video)
- Access to comprehensive content and tools through SupportLinc’s website and eConnect® mobile app (Case sensitive username: iu)
WW — Weight Watchers
IU is excited to offer WW as a covered benefit, year-round, at no cost to you! Core and Premium options are available.
Who can participate?
The following individuals are eligible to participate in WW:
- All benefit-eligible Academic and Staff employees; and
- Spouses covered on an IU medical plan
Visit iu.ww.com to learn more and register!
What options are available?
WW provides science-based tools through nutrition education, social support, and healthy lifestyle habits like physical activity and stress management. WW delivers programming in two ways to fit your lifestyle:
- Core — Digital Only (e-Tools): an easy-to-use app and website to track your food, movement, and weight goals; barcode scanner, restaurant items, and over 5,000 recipes; and expert chat available 24/7.
- Premium — Workshops + Digital: offers access to workshops in the community (check WW Studio locations) and online, with guidance from a trained WW Coach and motivation from members who are on the same path. Additionally, this option provides access to all the digital tools.
Attend a Private Virtual Workshop Exclusively for You and Your IU Colleagues
IU employees have the option to attend weekly Virtual Workshops with familiar faces. Gather your fellow WW members and join a Coach for your healthy dose of guidance, inspiration, and support.
To view the schedule and details, join IU’s Connect group by clicking here.
Important: You must click the link from a mobile device to be directed to the Connect group.
What is WW?
A science-based approach that works
WW has helped millions lose weight with the latest nutritional and behavior change science. And, members lost 10% more weight on WW Freestyle than the the prior program!
Smart tools in the palm of your hand
Just tap the WW app for simple tracking, a barcode scanner, loads of recipes, 24/7 support...and more great weight loss tools to help you succeed!
The power of community
Share your journey and swap tips for success in our Workshops and on Connect, our members-only social platform.
IU-sponsored medical plan members with Type 1 or 2 diabetes have access to a diabetes management program. This voluntary program utilizes advanced technology from Livongo to help participants manage their diabetes and reduce out-of-pocket costs. Benefits of the program include access to no-cost tools, expert support, advanced monitoring with a connected Livongo glucometer, unlimited test strips/lancets, and more. All program costs are covered by the university. Program provided through IU Benefits.
Quit for Life Program
Eligibility: Full-time academic and staff employees and spouses who are enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan
The Quit For Life Program offers an integrated mix of support tools to help stop using tobacco products. The program is telephone based and accessible across all IU campuses. Participants have access to:
- Five coaching calls with a “Quit Coach” to work with and set and reach a quit date
- Nicotine replacement therapy (as needed)
- One year of follow-up phone and web assistance
Tobacco Cessation Prescription Benefits
Eligibility: Anyone enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan
IU employee medical plans cover 100 percent of the cost of tobacco cessation prescription and over-the-counter tobacco replacement products. Coverage is limited to a 180-day supply per covered individual per year. Covered prescriptions drugs include Chantix, Zyban (bupropion), and Nicotrol. Over-the-counter products require a prescription in order to be covered under the employee’s medical plan.
These tobacco cessation resources are offered through Human Resources.
Virtual One-on-one Nutrition Counseling
Offered throughout the year, excluding June & July
Sessions last approx. 1 hour
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment
If you have questions about food, we have answers. Our wonderful registered dietitian (RD) can help you develop a plan to achieve your health goals. Sessions include personalized nutrition education on any topic of interest, including weight loss, heart-healthy eating, digestive health, and more. One-on-one nutritional counseling is available at no charge for all IU employees, their spouses on an IU-sponsored medical plan, and IU retirees by appointment.