Compassion Culture Series



Be a part of the Compassion Culture at IU! Compassion for ourselves and others nurtures our mental/emotional, physical, and social well-being — at work and beyond! And forget any ideas about compassion making you soft or weak. Compassion for ourselves and others actually strengthens resilience, boosts team dynamics, and improves leadership performance.

Healthy IU Work + Life has gathered experts from across the university to present on a range of topics in the Compassion Culture Series. Click on a presentation below to learn more or register.

Work + Life

  • Compassion Culture in the Workplace

    2-Part Series

    Location: Online

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    It seems like every day a new article or news segment reports that Americans are experiencing overwhelm in our personal lives and burnout in our professional lives. We are flooded regularly with messages about strife, suffering, and interpersonal conflict. What can you do to comfort and nurture yourself? And what can you do to contribute to a nurturing and compassionate work environment?

    This fall, a two-session workshop series about building and maintaining a culture of compassion in the workplace will be offered by Charlie Johnson and Janice Bankert-Countryman. Both Charlie and Janice have extensive experience coaching individuals and groups in creating empowering practices and habits. The first 90-minute session will focus on defining "compassion" and introducing frameworks for compassionate living. The second 90-minute session will provide space for reflecting, asking questions, and designing the next steps. These two workshops will take place on Zoom and will include break-out and whole-audience opportunities for dialogue.

    Program Facilitators: 

    Janice Bankert-Countryman, MA; Career Consultant and Senior Associate Faculty-IUPUI

    Charlie Johnson, MS; Director of Scholar Support Programs and Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligence Instructor-IUPUI

  • Emotional Intelligence

    2-Part Series

    Healthy IU Work + Life teams up with IUHR's Talent & Org Development to bring you Emotional Intelligence training. Emotional Intelligence is an important component of building a "Compassion Culture" and maneuvering uncomfortable conversations.

    This 2-hour, 2-session workshop will enhance participants' ability to know what they are feeling, what their emotions mean and how their emotions affect other people. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to manage their emotions and personal and professional relationships. They will also learn how to apply Emotional Intelligence when participating in difficult or uncomfortable conversations.

    Program Facilitator: Catherine L. Matthews, J.D., Ph.D., Sr. Consultant, IUHR Talent & Org. Development

  • Enhancing Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

     3-Part Series:

    • Tuesday, October 12, Noon-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)
    • Wednesday, October 20, Noon-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)
    • Tuesday, October 26, Noon-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)

    Location: Online

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    Cultural Intelligence (CQ) refers to the ability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. Closely connected to Emotional Intelligence; however, it goes a bit further. Cultural Intelligences cultivates the capability to cross boundaries and prosper in multiple cultures.

    In this 3-session workshop, participants will complete and review their Cultural Intelligence assessment which covers the four primary CQ capabilities. Participants will learn how to enhance their ability to be attuned to the values, beliefs, attitudes, and body language of people from different cultures. Participants will learn how to apply this knowledge to relate to others of different cultures with empathy and understanding.

    NOTE: There is a $25 fee that covers access to complete the assessment for this workshop. Please contact Tiffany Lemons at for payment information.

    Program Facilitator: Tiffany Lemons, MPA, Senior Organization Development Consultant, IU Human Resources

  • De-escalation Training

    2-Part Series

    • Thursday, November 4, Noon-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)
    • Thursday, November 11, Noon-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)

    Location: Online 

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    De-escalation Training is 2, 2-hour sessions that focus on building skills to become effective at de-escalating and defusing emotional and stressful situations. This session focuses on understanding and managing your response to stress, understanding and managing the stress of others, and learning effective de-escalation strategies.

    Program Facilitator: Tiffany Lemons, MPA, Senior Organization Development Consultant, IU Human Resources

    Tiffany Lemons has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and leadership development. She has worked in both the nonprofit sector and the higher education sector. Through this work, she has developed skills and expertise in a myriad of areas including conflict resolution, de-escalation, team building, assessing and developing organizational cultures, and leadership.

  • Anxiety at Work Training

    Tuesday, November 9
    1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-3:00 p.m. (CT)
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    This training explores 8 strategies that will help units keep up with demands while creating a stress-free work atmosphere for everyone. Participants 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 illustrate how everyone at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters camaraderie, productivity, and calm.

    Note: This professional development opportunity is one 3-hour virtual session and requires the purchase of the book, Anxiety at Work. The book purchase, ranging from $10-$15 (tax and shipping included). Payment can be made via your department account number or purchased personally.

    Program Facilitators: Angela L. Reese, MSW, LSW, Work Life Analyst, Healthy IU, and Catherine Matthews, JD, PhD, Sr. Consultant, Talent and Organization Development, IU Human Resources

  • Supporting a Compassion Culture through Effective Conflict Resolution

    4-Part Series

    Fridays, October 29-November 19
    10:00 a.m.-Noon (ET) / 9:00-11:00 a.m. (CT)

    Presented by the IUPUI Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Office of Conflict Resolution and Dialogue Programs and available to all.

    Register for one or more sessions now »

    Listening with Our Eyes, Ears, and Heart: Friday, Oct. 29
    This session will explore essential listening skills and practices for responding to conflict. We will discuss attentive listening skills, then take a deeper dive to examine both the process and mindset for listening with true empathy. Listening at the heart level involves a commitment to being present with others as they share their concerns and emotions about a conflict situation and the ability to demonstrate an understanding from their point of view.

    The Interpersonal Dynamics of Conflict: Understanding Conflict Modes: Friday, Nov. 5
    This session will explore the five basic modes of behavior in which individuals engage when responding to conflict. Participants will reflect on the conflict modes in which they typically engage and whether these modes are most effective when responding to conflict. Participants will explore strategies and approaches for adopting different modes to improve effectiveness when addressing conflict and responding to the conflict mode behaviors of others.

    Mediating Conflicts for Yourself: Friday, Nov. 12
    This session will explore strategies, techniques, and skills for standing in the gap to address interpersonal conflicts to ensure both you and the other person feel fully heard. It will also cover skills and practices for confronting another person about a conflict situation without causing defensiveness — in yourself and the other person.

    Mediating Interpersonal and Workplace Conflicts: Friday, Nov. 19
    Participants will have the opportunity to learn introductory skills for mediating two-party interpersonal and workplace conflicts. We will overview five key stages for mediating conflict between individuals, including setting the stage, gathering information, framing issues, negotiating options, and nailing down the agreement.


  • Mindful Parenting: How to Practice Mindfulness with Kids and Teens

    Mindful Parenting with Kids Recordings

    Mindful Parenting with Teens Recordings

    Learn simple, age-appropriate everyday ways to practice being mindful with your children. Mindfulness is the ability to notice what is happening in the present moment, and practicing mindfulness with kids helps develop skills of emotional and behavioral self-regulation and increases focused attention. Join Nellie Springston, M.Ed. Founder of Calma (Calm & Loving Minds Achieve) as she shares research-based strategies with you to practice with your kids.

    Program Facilitator: Nellie Springston, M.Ed

  • Small Worries to BIG Anxiety: Supporting Teens Through Big and Small Challenges

    2-Part Series

    Whether your teen experiences just a little bit of fear or a lot of big anxiety, it can feel overwhelming to know what to do to help. This 2-session series will share practical tips on how to help your teen with all types of worry and anxiety, with specific emphasis on how to talk through those anxious moments.

    Program Facilitator: Beth Trammell, Ph.D., HSPP

  • Depression and Loss Through The Teen Lens: Parenting Strategies for Better Tomorrows

    3-Part Series

    • October 5 - Recording
    • Tuesday, October 19, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)
    • Tuesday, November 2, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)

    Location: Online 

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    This past year has been one that has been filled with lots of loss, especially for many of our teens. For some, this may be the first experience with grief, which can seem really hard to navigate. This three-part series will share parenting strategies to help better understand the lens of teen grief, what it looks like, and how to help. We will explore specific signs for depression and suicide and when further intervention is needed. Join us to learn all about teen depression, loss, and grief.

    This 3-session workshop is a complement to the Small Worries to BIG Anxiety: Supporting Through Big and Small Changes workshop.

    Program Facilitator: Beth Trammell, Ph.D., HSPP