Work + Life Classes and Webinars

Being in harmony with work and life is a daily learning experience. Indiana University, its partners, and community organizations provide education and enrichment opportunities for those who seek information and strategies.

Events and classes

  • Aging and Caregiver Support Series

    2-Part Online Series:

    • Part 1: Thursday, September 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)
    • Part 2: Thursday, October 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    This two part webinar will answer common questions that arise among individuals that are aging or caring for an elderly loved one. This webinar will discuss what to expect when visiting healthcare providers and tips on talking to providers about any health concerns. Participants will learn keys to healthy aging and preventive behaviors for common ailments afflicting the aging, including Dementia and Alzheimer's. Elements of advanced care planning, such as living arrangements, health care coverage (Medicaid, Medicare, etc.), living wills, and health care power of attorney will also be discussed.

    Program Facilitator: Jennifer Carnahan, MD, MPH, MA, IUSM Assistant Professor of Medicine and Research Scientist

  • Maximizing Quality of Life as You Age

    Tuesday, November 5
    1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST) / 12:00-1:00 p.m. (CST)
    Online

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    Whether retirement seems far away or just around the corner, it’s important to maximize quality of life as we age. In order to do that, it’s helpful to consider how best to enhance wellbeing, independence and social connection. This seminar will cover topics such as livable communities, in-home supports, technology resources and the cost of long-term care.

    Presented by Care.com

  • Parenting Series: Making Words Matter with Kids

    Tuesdays, October 1-October 22 & November 19
    12:30-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)
    Online

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    Imagine how much easier parenting could be with practical strategies that actually work! In this online series, learn practical, evidence-based behavioral and communication strategies that will bring about quick results in your home. Participants will explore 6 key skills including effective instruction delivery, re-connection, child-directed play, and functional mindfulness.

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

  • Managing Holiday Blues

    Thursday, November 13
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)
    Online

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    The holiday season is a time to celebrate, give thanks, and spend time with friends and loved ones. However, it is also a time that triggers many feelings and concerns related to current stressors possibly resulting in an onset of Holiday Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and Depression. This webinar will identify the signs and symptoms of these illnesses and discuss therapeutic treatment options. Restorative activities such as relaxation and focus, exercise, travel, and more will also be shared to assist participants with managing these illnesses. 

    Program Facilitator: Susan S. Day, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC, EAS-C, Indiana University Employee Assistance Program Manager

ARCHIVED WEBINARS

  • Bright Financial Futures

    In this pre-recorded webinar, Sesame Street in Communities explores ways to talk about money with young kids and explores resources for every age to help kids build a positive understanding of money, and a bright financial future.
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  • Aging Well

    In this pre-recorded webinar, offered by Care.com, addresses common risk factors of aging such as falls, isolation, and memory loss.  Strategies for seniors to remain active and engaged and maximizing quality of life for those living with chronic conditions are also be explored.

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  • Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver

    Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job, too? If so, you are probably in the caregiving sandwich and you’re not alone. Nearly half of adults ages 40-59 are caring for both an aging parent and child and most are also in the workforce. If you are caught in the middle, don’t miss this lively and dynamic webinar, offered by Care.com in which you will learn important caregiving strategies and find ways to take care of yourself, too.

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  • Breastfeeding in the Workplace

    Renee Oswalt, RNC-OB, BSN, LCCE, Darla Hughes, BSN, RN, IBCLC, and Angela L. Reese, MSW

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    Breastfeeding in the Workplace Part 1

    Breastfeeding in the Workplace Part 2

    PowerPoint Slides

    Breastfeeding in the Workplace-IU Benefits and Support

    Breastfeeding in the Workplace Tips

  • Breastfeeding in the Workplace: Planning Your Return to Work

    Angela L. Reese, MSW

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    PowerPoint Presentation

    Planning for Your Return to Work

    Employees Guide to Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding in the Workplace: How to Support Breastfeeding Employees

    Angela L. Reese, MSW

    This workshop shares with supervisors and management how they can support their employees that are breastfeeding.  Areas covered include:

    • Positive impact of breastfeeding for baby, mom and employer
    • Proper environment for expressing milk
    • Breastfeeding basics (time it takes, storage, etc.)
    • Alternate work scheduling

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  • Caring for Our Parents and Ourselves

    A Fireside Chat with Care.com's VP of Senior Care and Author Jody Gastfriend

    When it comes time to provide care for those who once cared for us, it can be overwhelming. Taking the time to care for yourself is crucial, but between work, kids and your parents, how do you find the time? This engaging webinar, offered by Care.com, assists you with:

    • Setting realistic expectations with your family,
    • Get the support you need from your employer, and 
    • Ultimately embrace the positive aspects of caregiving.

    To view, click here.

  • Managing Stress in the Workplace

    In this pre-recorded webinar, offered by Care.com, learn the difference between positive and negative stress, the warning signs of stress overload and strategies to stay calm, present and balanced when the going gets tough.

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  • Advocating for a Loved One in a Healthcare Setting

    While you hope to never receive the call that mom has fallen or dad had a stroke, many families are not prepared for what happens next. Knowing the right questions to ask, how to be an effective advocate, and what documents to have in place can make a difference. In this webinar, you will learn how to communicate more effectively with healthcare providers, address grievances, and identify helpful resources.

    Program Facilitator:  Stephanie Gerberding, LCSW, Care.com Senior Care Advisor

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  • Cancer Survivors' Care-Fear of Recurrence: Strategies for Adaptive Coping

    This session is designed to support IU faculty and staff who have been treated for cancer in coping adaptively with cancer-related challenges. Engaging session activities will focus on promoting self-awareness, identifying and pursuing valued goals and actions, and enhancing mindfulness and compassion for self and others.

    Program Facilitator:  Shelley Johns, PSYD, ABBP, IUSM Assistant Professor of Medicine

    PowerPoint Slide Presentation

    If you would like to view the webinar recording, please contact the Work + Life office.

    Handouts

    Define Your Values
    Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines
    Three Quick Steps to Mindfulness
    80th-Birthday-Party
    Expanding Patterns of VBA
    FCR7 w/Scoring
    Reading List and Apps
    Values Assessment Rating
    VBA Worksheet
    Fear of Recurrence Coping Skills Flier

     

  • Important Resources for Family Caregivers

    As family caregivers, we are often confronted with a confusing array of choices. How can you sort out the various senior living arrangements, in-home services and care options, so you can determine what’s best for your loved one? How do you find the right support for yourself so you can handle your caregiving responsibilities along with everything else? Learn about the long-term care landscape including resources and costs so that you can be an informed and proactive caregiver.

    Presented by Care.com

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    To receive a copy of the handouts, please contact the Work + Life office.

  • Pregnancy and Perinatal Mood Disorders

    During and after pregnancy, the body experiences many changes. Some changes may include depression, anxiety, or other perinatal mood disorders (PMD). This webinar explores why PMDs may occur and how to recognize their signs and symptoms. Attendees will learn how to prevent, address and navigate through these disorders - as well as support a partner who may be challenged with them.

    Program Facilitator:  Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, CLC

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  • The Path from Substance Use to Addictions

    This interactive webinar explores the path from substance use to addiction and the impact substance use has on users’ judgement, health and wellness, productivity, and more. Attendees  learn about drug characteristics, common names, signs of individual use, and the effects drugs of abuse have on their users as well as the community.

    Presented by Jim Ryser, MA, LMHC, LCAC

    PowerPoint Slide Presentation

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  • Identifying Behavioral Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

    This webinar explores, in detail, behavioral signs and symptoms of substance abuse. Attendees  learn important tips for supporting loved ones who may be challenged with substance abuse, what to know when seeking help, and what to do when contacting IU Employee Assistance Program for support.

    Presented by Susan S. Day, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC, EAS-C, Manager, Indiana University Employee Assistance Program

    PowerPoint Slide Presentation

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  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Caregiving Challenges and Strategies

    This seminar reviews the different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and signs your loved one may have the disease. Despite the devastating nature of Alzheimer’s disease, there are supports out there that can make a difference and help you continue to connect with your Mom or Dad. Learn about caregiving strategies and types of care that can improve the quality of life for both you and your parent.

    Program Facilitator:  Jill McNamara, LICSW, Sr. Manager, Senior Care, Care.com

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  • Mental Health Matters

    What is the difference between mental health and mental wellness?  Do you know how to distinguish between the two? Is mental health affecting your life at work, home or play? Do you know how to maintain a life of mental wellness? This webinar will teach you why mental health matters and how to distinguish between it and mental wellness.  You will also learn how to recognize signs of when your mental wellness is in jeopardy and how to maintain mental wellness through practiced behaviors, monitoring thoughts and adjusting your actions.

    Program Facilitator: Susan S. Day, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC, EAS-C, Indiana University Employee Assistance Program Manager

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    PowerPoint Slides