Compassion Culture


Be a part of the Compassion Culture at IU!

Why Promote a Culture of Compassion?

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.

The Story Behind the Movement: Learn more

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 the titles of the presentations below to learn more or register.

Fall 2023 Programs

  • Digital Safety for Kids and Teens: Empowering Families

    Thursday, September 21, 2023
    11:00-Noon p.m. ET/ 10:00-11:00 a.m. CT

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    Given how widespread technology use is among children and teenagers (whether for school or leisure), many parents/caregivers have questions about how to navigate screen time in ways that support children’s digital safety and well-being. This webinar will discuss research findings related to child and adolescent technology use, gaming, sexting, and online exploitation (including image-based sexual abuse and sextortion). Participants will learn how to identify warning signs and indicators of exploitation, where to go for current resources, and how to develop a family safety plan for each person in the home.

    Facilitated by: Deb Getz, Re.D., Clinical Associate Professor, IUB School of Public Health, and Herbenick, Debby, Ph.D., Provost Professor and Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion, IUB School of Public Health

  • Ask the Expert: Menopause Q&A

    Monday, October 2, 2023
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

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    As we observed in our inaugural workshop on menopause, there is much to learn about this life stage that affects millions of women and their families each year. Women experience numerous changes during this life stage. It is natural to have many questions. Join Healthy IU Work + Life as we welcome Dr. Chemen Neal back to answer your questions on menopause.

    Facilitated by: Chemen M. Neal, MD, Associate Clinical Professor and Wellness Director, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, IUSM

    *When registering for this workshop, please submit your questions for Dr. Neal by using the Questions/Comments field on the registration page.

  • Building a Resilient Team Amid Uncertainty and Change: Addressing Anxiety at Work

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

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    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.

    Facilitated by: Angela L. Reese, MSW, LSW, Work Life Analyst, Healthy IU, and Catherine Matthews, JD, Ph.D., Sr. Consultant, Talent and Organization Development, IU Human Resources

  • How to Create a Dynamic Team Culture (for Leaders)

    When registering, choose ONE session:

    Friday, October 13, 2023
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)


    Friday, November 10, 2023
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)


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    Leadership roles can feel overwhelming at times. Leaders’ responsibilities have evolved to include other priority areas such as employee engagement, mental health, and well-being. When the workload is already demanding, how can these additional areas be attended to? This 2-hour session will explore 13 strategies on how to build the foundation for a successful and dynamic team culture resulting in a thriving work environment. Join other IU leaders to bring the workplace culture to the next level.

    Note: To encourage a rich and open dialogue among participants, this session will not be recorded.

  • Changing Seasons, the Holidays, and Anxiety

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

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    Just as sure as the seasons will change from warm days filled with hours of daylight to chilly days with longer nights, we will continue to experience changes at home, work, and beyond. Add in the approaching Holidays that bring an additional sense of responsibility! It can be a recipe for a lot of anxiety.

    No matter how you engage in the Holiday Season, we recognize anxiety can present itself. This online webinar will share tips for minimizing anxiety and coping with the holiday season and other seasonal stressors.

    Facilitated by: Angela L. Reese, MSW, LSW, Work Life Analyst, Healthy IU, and Catherine Matthews, JD, Ph.D., Sr. Consultant, Talent and Organization Development, IU Human Resources

  • Care Talks

    View Upcoming Care Talks

    Care Talks, by, provide advice and guidance from expert speakers to help you better care for yourself and your family.

    There are seven (7) Care Talks per month across seven themes:

    1. Confident Parenting
    2. Raising Children with Disabilities
    3. Caring for Aging Loved Ones
    4. Financial Wellness
    5. Your healthy Lifestyle
    6. Emotional Wellness
    7. Succeed at Work
  • SupportLinc Monthly Training

    Join SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program for their free monthly training. Every first Wednesday, the monthly topic training will be offered three times throughout the day. Select your preferred time to attend the monthly session to register. You’ll receive a confirmation email with information to join your training on the below dates and times.

    Navigating Return to School
    August 2, 2023

    8:00 am – 9:00 am ET
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

    Suicide Awareness
    September 6, 2023

    8:00 am – 9:00 am ET
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

    Healthy Living
    October 4, 2023

    8:00 am – 9:00 am ET
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

    Holiday Budgeting
    November 1, 2023

    8:00 am – 9:00 am ET
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

    Healthy Relationships
    December 6, 2023

    8:00 am – 9:00 am ET
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

“I've learned that it's better to speak up and risk making a mistake or saying the wrong thing during conversations about these topics, because the alternative is being silent and perpetuating the problem and leaning on our own privilege to avoid taking responsibility for ours or others' actions. We have to get uncomfortable to grow!”
Meg Nickless, IU CAPS

Belonging: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice

  • Diversity: Experiencing Differences

    Today’s workforce is a melting pot of backgrounds, races, ages, mental and physical capabilities, cultures and experiences. The challenge is to understand and appreciate these differences, and to learn to work in harmony with people who may be different than us. Participants in this course will discover the true meaning of diversity. They will explore root causes of cultural attitudes, learn techniques for overcoming biases and discover the positive benefits that diversity brings to them, both as individuals and as part of an organization.

    Presented by SupportLinc EAP

    Recording coming soon!

  • Supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace

    Maximizing employees’ strengths to create successful teams requires an objective awareness of those strengths. One way to do this is to examine biases of what is “normal”. In this seminar, participants will be given an opportunity and tools to recognize the benefits of supporting and maximizing the resources that neurodiverse employees bring to the workplace.

    Presented by SupportLinc EAP

    Click HERE for the recorded presentation and other resources.

  • Diversity: Supporting Black Americans in the Workplace

    This session builds upon the more general “Diversity: Experiencing Differences” training with a specific focus on how to support our Black friends, family members, co-workers, and community members.

    Presented by SupportLinc EAP

    Click HERE for the recorded presentation and other resources.

  • Diversity: Supporting Asian/Pacific Islander Americans

    This session builds upon the more general “Diversity: Experiencing Differences” training, with a specific focus on how to support our Asian/Pacific Islander friends, family members, co-workers, and community members.

    Presented by SupportLinc EAP

    Click HERE for the recorded presentation and other resources.

  • Diversity: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Individuals in the Workplace

    This session builds upon the more general “Diversity: Experiencing Differences” training, with a specific focus on how to support our LBGTQIA+ friends, family members, co-workers, and community members.

    Presented by SupportLinc EAP

    Click HERE for the recorded presentation and other resources.

Past Program Recordings

  • Overcoming Workplace Negativity

    Workplace negativity impacts an organization's productivity, quality of work, and retention of skilled employees. The negativity that is not addressed effectively grows and breeds discontent. Participants in the workshop will identify the "why" of workplace negativity. They will explore the differences between organizational and individual negativity, address "top-down" negativity, learn how to shape negative behaviors into positive behaviors, and determine how to become a role model for positive results.

    Presented by SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    Click HERE for the recorded presentation and other resources.

  • Understanding & Navigating Mental Health Support Services

    Many times it is challenging to work up the courage to seek mental health treatment, and so is taking the next step to find the right mental health professional and treatment option.

    In recognition of Mental Wellness Month, this webinar will explore the differences between short-term counseling and long-term therapy. Participants will take a detailed dive in the comparison of therapy options to help make informed decisions, best for their mental health needs.

    PowerPoint Slides
  • Compassion Culture in the Workplace

    Session #1 & #2 along with these:

    • The Happiness Trap Video
    • PowerPoint Presentation 

    are found HERE.

    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?

    The first session of this 2-session series about building and maintaining a culture of compassion in the workplace focus on defining "compassion" and introducing frameworks for compassionate living. The second session provides a space for reflecting, asking questions, and designing the next steps. 

    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

    • Session #1 Recording - Self-Awareness and Self-Management
      • Handout
    • Session #2 Recording - Social Awareness and Relationship Management
      • Handout

    Found HERE

    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 workshop enhances your ability to know what you are feeling, what your emotions mean and how they may affect other people. You will gain a greater understanding of how to manage your emotions and personal and professional relationships. You 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

  • De-escalation

    Session #1 

    Session #2 

    Recordings and Powerpoint HERE.

    This workshop training focuses 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.

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

  • Supporting a Compassion Culture through Effective Conflict Resolution

    Listening with Our Eyes, Ears, and Heart
    This recorded session explores essential listening skills and practices for responding to conflict. We discuss attentive listening skills, then take a deeper five 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
    This record session explores the five basic modes of behavior in which individuals engage when responding to conflict. We reflect on the conflict modes in which they typically engage and whether these modes are most effective when responding to conflict. We 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
    This session offers an opportunity to learn strategies, techniques, and skills that are needed to mediate interpersonal conflicts and ensure both you and the other person feel fully heard. The session covers 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
    This session provides an overview of the five key stages for mediating conflict between individuals, including setting the stage, gathering information, framing issues, negotiating options, and nailing down the agreement. Learn introductory skills for mediating two-party interpersonal and workplace conflicts.

    All Recordings & Powerpoint Slides HERE.

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

    Mindful Parenting with Kids Recordings

    • Session #1 & #2 - How to Practice Mindfulness with Kids

    Mindful Parenting with Teens Recordings

    • Session #1 & #2 - How to Practice Mindfulness with Teens

    Find the Recordings & Presentations HERE.

    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

    • Session #1 - Recording 
      • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Session #2 - Recording 
      • The Power of Our Words and Thought
      • e-Book Social Media & Teens

    Find these Recordings & Presentation HERE.

    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

  • Difficult Moments with Teens

    Being a teen is hard and parenting a teen can be difficult. They are concerned about being liked by their peers, doing well in school, and getting along with their families, all while going through physiological and physical changes. Dr. Beth Trammel is prepared to offer tips and answer questions regarding difficult moments you may experience with your teens. 

    Facilitator: Beth A. Trammell, Ph.D, HSSP, IU East Associate Professor of Psychology

    • Session #1:
      • What do I do if I think my teen is experiencing anxiety or depression? (recording)
      • PowerPoint Slides
    • Session #2:
      • Parenting Teens/Tweens Through Self-harm and Suicidal Thoughts (PowerPoint Slides)
    • Session #3
      • From Disrespectful Eye-rolling to Independent Adulting: Parenting the Transition from Teenager to Adulthood (recording)
      • PowerPoint Slides
      • Handout

     Recordings & Presentation found HERE.

  • Depression and Loss through the Teen Lens: Parenting Strategies for Better Tomorrows

    Workshop #1

    • Truths about Depression that Your Teen Wants You to Know
    • PowerPoint

    Workshop #2

    • Understanding Depression is Debilitating
    • PowerPoint

    Workshop #3

    Question and Answers

    Find Recordings & Presentation HERE.

    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.

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

  • Suicide Awareness: Know the Behaviors, Help Save a Life

    Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, alcohol and substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence and social isolation. The purpose of this training is to raise awareness of suicide and other serious emotional health concerns, and provide important information about getting help for someone who may be thinking about suicide.

    View the recording
    Downloadable workbook

    This is offered by Supportlinc, IU's Employee Assistance Program (EAP).