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Lunchtime Learning Workshops

To register for a workshop please contact us. Workshops are held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (1 hour). Feel free to bring your lunch.

The workshops below have previously been presented and well received here at Stony Brook. Please contact us for further information and be on the lookout for new offerings on our news and events page.

For departmental training at your work site please contact us.


Use or Abuse - How to Help Someone who is in Denial

Concerned that someone you know may have a problem? Has the thought been running through your mind for some time? Could my friend, co-worker, family member possibly has an alcohol or other drug problem? What are some of the signs and symptoms? What if anything can I do to help? What if I say or do the wrong thing? Now you can learn what is helpful and what is not. Information regarding 12-Step Programs and other community resources will be shared.

When Food Is No Longer Your Friend

Whether you are concerned about your own relationship with food or that of a good friend or family member, this program will give you the basics that you'll need to know about eating disorders. Additional resources and referral information will be made available.


Dying to Drive: Keeping Teens Safe on the Road

Guest Speaker - Jane McCormack, RN
This presentation is targeted to the parents and guardians of teens, both teens that are drivers and those that will be driving soon. The program outlines the scope of the problem in regards to the incidence of teen motor vehicle collision injury and identifies methods to reduce the risks. Proven strategies are incorporated in an effort to increase parental involvement in teen motor vehicle crash prevention. The emphasis is on parental involvement in teen driving.

Effective Parenting of Adolescents (2 sessions)

This workshop will address general parenting strategies with an emphasis on adolescent issues. Topics include understanding your child and yourself, misbehavior and what to do about it, discipline and logical consequences, communication skills, praise and encouragement.

Parenting with Dr. Scoresby - The guide for raising successful happy children (Flexibility/Launching Ages 12 & up) VIDEO - 80 minutes

Puberty? Driving? Leaving home? Are you ready to ride the emotional rollercoaster of adolescence with your child? Dr. Lynn Scoresby, a respected child psychologist, tells you what you need to know about your teenager. More importantly, he gives you the tools you need as your child goes through the transition from childhood to adulthood. With Dr. Scoresby's valuable methods of parenting, both you and your child can survive the rollercoaster ride and come out friends.

Gang Awareness Training

Guest Speaker - Jill Porter, Suffolk County Department of Probation
This training teaches schools, law enforcement, parents and outside agencies how to identify, address, and verify if an individual is in a gang or associates with one. It will cover gang symbols, hand signs and colors. You will know what to look for in an individual who is suspected of being in a gang. The training will also talk about why youth join gangs; the warning signs of gangs and gang violence.

Healthy Boundaries between Parents & Teens

Having healthy boundaries means we are able to connect, in positive ways, what we want as a parent with what the teenager wants. In doing so, we build mutual consideration and respect. This workshop will cover when to use boundaries, the characteristics of healthy boundaries, tips and strategies to build a solid relationship with your teenager. A checklist will be distributed to evaluate patterns in your current relationship. Please note: September is National Family Day

How to Know When Your Teen is in Trouble

Every parent worries as his or her children enter the teen years. What behaviors are typical of this time, which are danger signals? Special attention will be paid to depression, anger, eating disorders and substance abuse. Suggestions of ways to constructively intervene will be provided.

Preparing for College

Guest Speakers - Stony Brook University: Admissions, Financial Aid & Registrar
Part 1, For Faculty and Staff Who are Parents of High School Students. Do you have a son or daughter in high school who is preparing for college? If so, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions would like to invite you to our workshop on the college planning process. Come and learn more about helping your child with the college selections process: factors to consider when choosing a college; the college application process; planning ahead for college costs.
Part 2, What to Expect as the Parent of a College Bound Student. Is your student planning to attend college in the next year or two? Do you want to know more about how today's colleges and universities include parents and family members in the institution - and what information is and is not accessible to you as a parent? Do you want to learn about academic advising, majors, classes, career advice, and important services to ensure your student's success in college? Join us for the second part of the series focused on "The College Experience" to have these and more questions answered.

Understanding Adolescence

Preadolescence and adolescence can be a challenging time for both the child and the parent. The changes can be both confusing and draining. It is extremely important for parents to receive support, guidance and education during this time. While there are typical stages that a teen goes through, each is a unique individual and behaviors are not always predictable. Parents need to learn new strategies and techniques for dealing with these changes. They need to have a clearer understanding of adolescence which makes this also a very rewarding experience for all. The workshop covers the following topics:
  • Understanding adolescence
  • Keeping the lines of communication open
  • Dealing with battles and conflicts


Caregiving: How to care for others while taking care of yourself

At some point in life, many employees will be called upon to become primary caregivers for aging parents, other relatives or friends. It can be helpful to know at this stressful time what the daily functions of care giving entail, helpful ways to structure your time, ways to enlist the assistance of others, and what community resources are available for the provision of concrete services and support.

Caring for Caregivers

When a loved one is ill or aging it often appears that the last thing there is time for, in addition to career and family needs, is being gentle and caring to ourselves. This workshop addresses the integral physical, emotional and spiritual needs of caregivers while acknowledging some painful emotions that often surface during these times of stress. We provide some resources for rising to the challenge of care giving and provide an occasion for participants to connect with others for support and encouragement. Specialized resource material will be distributed.

Educated Caregiver Series, The (VIDEO)

The Educated Caregiver series was created to ease the burdens caregivers face - and help them to provide quality care for their loved ones. In these videos, caregivers can learn vital skills, step-by-step, and gain critical knowledge from physicians and other healthcare professionals. Just as important they can hear valuable advice, insights and coping strategies from other caregivers - the people who best understand what they're going through.
Volume 1, Coping Skills (80 minutes)
Coping with the emotional challenges of caregiving
Gaining control over a demanding daily routine
Dealing with the natural feelings of helplessness, anger, resentment and guilt
Averting compassion fatigue
Strategies to cut stress
Volume 2, Hands-On Skills (45 minutes)
Hygiene, bed baths and nail care
Changing an occupied bed
Observing for warning signs of medical problems
Patient transfer techniques
Dressing, walking and getting around
Home safety
Volume 3, Essential Knowledge (48 minutes)
Communicating effectively with healthcare providers
Giving and monitoring medicines and understanding drug interactions
Preventing infections
Preventing pressure ulcers (bed-sores) and providing wound care
Proper nutrition


Beating the Fear of Public Speaking

Since we are social animals it is important that we are at ease with ourselves and others when opportunities arise that require speaking in front of groups. This brief workshop is designed for the novice whose job duties don't require presentation skills, but who may still be called on to speak at a club, community or organization fund-raiser, workplace, house of worship or at their child's school. Attendees will receive 15 concrete tips for beating the fear of public speaking that can be immediately applied, are easy to remember and may lower your anxiety a notch or two.

Blossoming in Retirement

If long-awaited retirement is to be creative, satisfying and fun, seeds need to be planted as early as possible so that this goal is realized. Rather than focusing on financial planning, this workshop concentrates on ways to successfully transition into this period as we identify new interests, take on new challenges and enjoy new pleasures.

Retirement with a Purpose

Deciding when to retire is strictly personal but, "Will you still have a sense of purpose and meaning in retirement?" Have you developed hobbies and interests to pursue? Can you answer the question, "What will you do each day after you retire?" Retirement with a purpose inspires and challenges. This workshop will address topics such as how to make the transition from work to retirement and planning for a fruitful retirement.

Consumer Issues

Guest Speaker - Long Island Housing Services
Do you want to buy a house? Do you know how to avoid Predatory Lending? Do you know what civil rights you have regarding mortgage lending/borrowing? Do you want to borrow money for repairing or improving your home? Has your monthly mortgage payment become too much for you to pay? Do you feel you may have been refused housing or a loan because of your race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or because you have children? Do you know what Redlining and Blockbusting are? We will: Explain your Fair Housing Rights under Federal, State, and local law and describe how to bring legal action if they are denied; Discuss how to avoid losing your home due to unfair and fraudulent loans offered by predatory lenders; Explain prohibited acts under Fair Housing, Civil Rights, and Equal Opportunity legislation; Explain the six important steps to follow before you sign a contract to buy a new home; Arrange for individual free counseling on your specific housing problem.

Fair Housing & Tenants' Rights

Are you having a problem with your landlord? Do you know there are very specific procedures to pursue lawful eviction action? Do you know what civil rights you have regarding renting a place to live? Do you know your landlord's responsibility in holding your security deposit? What does (and doesn't) the landlord have to repair? Do you feel that you many have been refused housing because of your race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or because you have children? Do you know the resources if illegal discrimination has occurred? We will: Explain your Fair Housing Rights under Federal, State, and local law and describe how to bring legal action if they are denied; Discuss basic tenant's rights; Explain prohibited acts under Fair Housing law; Explain how to remedy common landlord/tenant issues; Arrange for individual free counseling on your specific housing problem.

Identity Theft

Guest Speaker - NYS Office of the Attorney General, Suffolk County
Identity theft, which is fast becoming the most prevalent financial crime in the country affecting nearly half a million new victims each year, goes to the very heart of "information privacy." This workshop provides an overview of the variety of federal and state laws which offer specific privacy rights.

Elder Care

Adult Day Care...the Best Kept Secret in Long-Term Care

Guest Speaker - Jean Brand, Director of Adult Day Care, Long Island State Veterans Home
Adult day care is a community-based long-term care option that can assist you to keep your frail, aging, or disabled family member at home. Learn the benefits of social and health model programs and which one may be best for your family member. Adult Day Care programs offer a reliable and affordable alternative to nursing home placement. These programs enable your loved one to attend enriching and therapeutic programs during the day, while maintaining their current lifestyle.

Entitlements & Services for Senior Citizens Living in Suffolk County

Guest Speaker - Ritva Gottesman, Assistant Senior Citizen Program Coordinator
The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is responsible for coordinating the network of services available to seniors. These services include social, recreational and assistance programs. The goal of these programs is to allow individuals to live independently and actively in their communities. Speaker will discuss the family Caregiver Support Services available to families in Suffolk County and how you can access these programs.

How to Select a Nursing Home

Guest Speaker - Fred Sganga, Executive Director, Long Island State Veterans Home and Jonathan Spier, Director of Community Relations
This workshop will cover the following topics: an overview of long term care today, understanding the continuum of care, helpful ideas in the selection process, how to pay for nursing home care and consumer resources that are available to assist you in the process. Handouts will be provided.

Long-Term Care Insurance Education and Outreach

Guest Speaker - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Cynthia Russel, Program Coordinator
This workshop specifically addresses consumer concerns regarding long term care insurance. Topics include planning for long-term care expenses, financing options and the NYS Partnership for Long-Term Care.
Co-sponsored by Stony Brook University Employee Assistance Program, JASA's CARE Program, SC Office for the Aging and US Dept of Health & Human Services, NYS Office for the AgingM.

Protecting Your Assets and Estate Planning

Guest Speaker, George Roach, Esq., Senior Citizen Division of Legal Aid
This workshop will cover the following topics: health care proxies, living wills, durable power of attorney, as well as how to protect a senior's assets. As individuals age they may experience declining health and need help in obtaining and financing health care, protecting their homes and limited financial resources through sound Medicaid planning techniques and estate planning.

Protecting Your Parents' Health and Assets: The Importance of Early Elder Law Planning

Guest Speaker - Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq, Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC), a prominent Elder Law firm on Long Island, will discuss planning ideas and tools to protect your parents' physical and financial health. As your parents age, many will need long-term care. Find out about the various Elder Law tools your parents should consider to ensure their health care and financial wishes are carried out. Learn about the Medicaid laws and how they will affect your family's ability to protect assets and plan for future health care needs. This workshop will lead you through the critical advance planning necessary to protect your family. GDGC has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, LI Business News and Reader's Digest.


Adoption Option, The

Guest Speaker, Mary Kenny L.M.S.W.
Have you been thinking about adoption? This Introduction to Adoption workshop will give you an overview of the different types of adoption: domestic, international, private, public and the process for each. It will give you information on how to think about the decision, where to start, average wait times and some basic cost information. Helpful suggestions and resources to assist you in researching and deciding which type of adoption may be right for your family.

Adult Children Living at Home

You have a responsibility as a parent. But when does it end? How do you draw the line? Many parents are having to cater to adult children who won't leave home until their expectations for the "good life" are guaranteed. This workshop will address this issue with information and helpful suggestions.

Attachment Parenting

Guest Speaker - Joanne Bagshaw, M.A., L.H.H.C.
The development of a secure attachment between parent and child is the focus of attachment parenting. Developing a secure bond is a process that can begin as early as birth and continues through the life span. Securely attached children are more likely to be confident, well-liked by peers, risk takers and leaders with strong social skills and high self-esteem. Your child's secure relationship with you will form the basis for all subsequent relationships: from peer friendships to adult love relationships. This workshop includes lecture, discussion and experiential exercises.

Childhood Obesity

Guest Speaker - Phyllis Marion, NP
Obesity in children is a serious issue. Childhood obesity often starts children on the path to health problems. How do you know if your child's weight gain is leading to obesity? What is a parent to do? This workshop will give helpful hints to guide you and your child to a healthier lifestyle.

Empty Nest Syndrome

The term empty nest syndrome refers to the time of adjustment for parents when their children leave home, especially when the last child leaves home. This time is typically associated with stress, anxiety, identity crisis and heartache. This workshop will look at the top issues and challenges in the empty nest years. It will also give information and resources to help couples through the empty nest passage.

Enhancing Parenting Skills

Would you like to become more knowledgeable, successful and confident as a parent? If so, then this workshop which reviews the STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) principles may be an ideal place to start. Join with your co-workers in exploring how the use of encouragement and logical consequences can cause children to become increasingly more responsible. You'll most likely make a few new friends who can supply a reassuring ear as you embark on life's greatest challenge.


This workshop will focus on the roles, functions and importance of grandparenting. Topics include dealing with conflicts between parents and grandparents, long distance grandparents, grandparents raising grandchildren and grandparenting in blended families. September 10 is National Grandparents Day.

Grandparenting: Enriching Lives (VIDEO)

This is an informative 30-minute video hosted by Maya Angelou, who focuses on the important grandparent, parent and child relationship. Featuring real-life grandparents and based on the latest child development research, this video highlights: the profound effects grandparents can have on the lives of their grandchildren, provides ideas for staying connected even when far away; illustrates various grandparenting roles; offers practical suggestions and inspiration that will benefit the entire family.

Happiest Baby on the Block, The - The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer (VIDEO - 72 minutes)

In "The Happiest Baby", Dr. Harvey Karp, noted pediatrician and child development expert, reveals the amazing secret used for centuries by the world's top parents...the calming reflex. This reflex is literally the "off-switch" for your baby's crying! Learn the 5 simple ways to turn on the calming reflex (the 5S's)...and become the best baby calmer on your block! For the past 25 years, Dr. Karp has taught his remarkable calming technique to thousands of parents from working moms to superstars like Madonna!

Healthy Family Relationships

What does a healthy family look like and feel like? No family is perfect or gets things right all the time. Every normal family experiences some degree of dysfunction. This workshop will help you understand your own family better and help you focus on those healthy characteristics that will strengthen your family relationships. The workshop objectives are: to identify the characteristics of healthy family relationships, to evaluate your own family's level of functioning, to understand the importance of communication as the key to successful family relationships.

How to Behave so Your Children Will, Too! (VIDEO)

Volume 1 (120 minutes) & Volume 2 (98 minutes)
This video will teach you how to teach your children to behave, how to listen-the first time, and how to be more cooperative. It shows you how to be consistent and manage your anger. It explains how to prevent arguments and power struggles. This video will make discipline simple and your life easier. You will even learn how to enjoy being a parent. In the past 18 years, Dr. Severe has traded ideas with more than 20,000 parents who have attended his workshops. This video is a collection of these stories, ideas and solutions.

Juggling Work & Family

What's It All About? Can I really handle it all? How can I make time for things that are important? Can I take time to care for a sick child? Am I stressed? Is my productivity suffering? If you answer, yes, to any of the above questions, please join us for an interactive discussion. We will be sharing information and techniques on using your time and energy to your advantage, so you can be at your best for yourself, your family and your work.

Juggling Work and Family, Tips for making the best use of our time and for communicating effectively.

In our time-starved world how does one still have a life and balance that which is important? This workshop will provide the tools to make life more manageable and to focus on what's within our control. Participants will receive helpful program materials. They will be able to complete and take with them self-assessments of their time management skills, listening skills and evaluation of family relationships.

Parenting with Humor (Is it Possible?) with Loretta LaRoche (VIDEO-66 minutes)

Loretta LaRoche brings us a video designed to promote the concept that parenting is a serious job, but you can do it and take care of yourself lightly. Full of laffs and ta-dahs.

Strengthening Your Stepfamily/Learning to Step Together

A workshop to help those who live in step, or are preparing to enter into a step relationship, understand the problems and opportunities unique to stepfamily living. This workshop will provide both the information and skills needed to improve your stepfamily relations. Topics include the myth of instant love, the difficulties children face in sharing a parent and acquiring new stepsiblings and how to recognize and overcome unrealistic or incompatible expectations about new stepfamily relationships.


365 Ways to Save Money

It's easier than you might imagine! No matter what your budget, there may be ways to painlessly save some cash. This workshop will provide you with some tried and true methods of saving and also new, fun and creative alternatives. You may even learn some new tricks from your colleagues. Simple budget forms will be distributed for your personal use.

Basic Budgeting

A budget is the first and most important step toward putting your money to work for you. This workshop will cover the basics of developing a budget. Also, there will be information, tips and resources to help you set up a successful budget.

Budget and Credit Workshops

Guest Speaker - American Debt Resources, Inc.
Part 1, How to Create & Maintain a Budget - This comprehensive workshop will supply you with the tools to create and maintain a weekly and monthly budget. A budget form listing all the categories of income and expenses will be supplied to you. We will then check each category and discuss where money can be saved to address other areas where there maybe a shortage. After we have established where we need to budget, we can explain the procedures to adjust the spending without having a drastic change on your lifestyle. A list of budgeting tips will be provided so you can continue to monitor and manage your budget going forward.
Part 2, How Does Credit Affect Your Everyday Life - This interactive workshop will address the necessity of having good credit and how it applies to more than just obtaining a loan or a credit card. We will discuss how to receive and read a free credit report from all three of the major credit bureaus. The tools will be given to you on how to track your spending patterns on a daily and monthly basis. When you use your credit cards we will address what are the right ways to charge and the correct ways to pay. We will discuss the psychological spending patterns of consumers and how your creditors target those patterns. All educational material will be provided for you at no cost to further assist you in obtaining and keeping good credit.

How to Use Your Credit Cards Wisely this Holiday Season

Guest Speaker - American Debt Resources, Inc.
This interactive workshop will cover how holiday spending and aggressive marketing can entice consumers to spend more than they can afford. We will discuss in depth the psychological spending patterns of consumers during this time of the year and all year round. The use of credit cards and their minimum monthly payment calculations are broken down to reveal the reason for the extremely long payoffs. We will discuss the tools for smart spending to understand that we sometimes have a false impression of what it will take to pay off these bills in a reasonable amount of time. A real world exercise will be presented to enlighten consumers on how they feel when they use their credit cards compared to when they use cash. This workshop is accompanied with a handout of all the information that will be addressed.

Personal Money Management Skills for Today's High Stress World

Guest Speaker: William Futtersak, Ph.D.
If you have a busy schedule and a high stress lifestyle, even important money matters may get lost in the shuffle. This talk will highlight the essential steps to take to make sure your personal money management remains on-track. Budgeting, saving, credit management, and record keeping will each be presented in straightforward ways that can be accomplished even in today's busy and hectic times.

Personal Money Management I, II, III, IV (4 sessions)

Through a series of Action Steps, you'll learn ways to organize your finances and make wise decisions about your financial future. None of the action steps require any prior expertise or experience with money. All that's required is your willingness to (1) set some goals, (2) collect and record information and (3) take one small step after another to accomplish them. Once you know where you want to go with your money (your goals) and where you are now (your records), you'll be ready to plan the future of your finances.


Grief - Avoiding It Prolongs the Pain

"Grief is the normal and natural response to loss, a universal human experience." (The American Hospice Foundation). The workshop objectives are to: define grief, determine sources of grief, identify symptoms of grief, explain the stages of grief, understand the tasks of grief, describe the grief time line, learn that grief is a process and discuss healthy ways of coping and accepting support.

How to Support a Co-Worker or Friend in their Grief

Guest Speaker, Bernice Kornfield, L.C.S.W.- R.
Areas we will explore are: What to say to them; Why do I feel tongue-tied? How can I comfort them? There will be time for questions and discussion.

Saying Goodbye (VIDEO - 14 minutes video plus discussion)

You will view a 14-minute video that is recommended for parents to watch together with their children. The video and accompanying Activity Book, Parent Guide and "Saying Goodbye Book," helps children understand the concept of death and promotes a healing discussion of emotional issues surrounding death. The National Hospice Organization recognized this book, "Saying Goodbye," as an Award Winner. This workshop is a great resource for parents who are seeking resources to assist their children in dealing with the grief of a loved one.

When a Loved One Dies

This workshop will cover the following topics:
  1. Becoming acquainted with grief
  2. Address immediate concerns
  3. Taking care of yourself
  4. Coping with a loss
  5. Getting back to work
  6. Understanding the stages of grief
  7. Recognizing when professional help may be needed
  8. Reading about grief - healing resources

Understanding Grief at Holiday Time

This workshop will explore what the holidays mean to us, pressures that arise regarding expectations, sharing responsibilities with others, and giving ourselves emotional gifts. We'll discuss how to cope with the anniversary of a loss such as separation, divorce or a death. This time may also be used to build a support network with others experiencing similar circumstances.


Healthy Summer Smoothies

Guest Speaker - Barbara Ann Grova, CHHC, AADP
Join the fun in this hands-on-workshop and learn the benefits of adding healthy ingredients to summer smoothies. Learn about the many different types of healthy ingredients you can add to a smoothie that will give you lots of vibrant energy. We will also talk about how to use smoothies as a healthy meal alternative. There will be Taste Testing of Dairy and Non-Dairy smoothies. Recipes included.

Top 10 Secrets to Beat Your Carb and Sugar Addiction

Guest Speaker - Tina Annibell, HHC, AADP
Do you feel trapped by your Carb or Sugar Addiction? Free yourself from addictions by joining us for a 'fun' and 'interactive' workshop guaranteed to beat your Carb and Sugar Addiction! Make this your LAST STOP to beating your addiction and reclaim your health once and for all.

Coping with Chronic Illness

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Institute more than 35 million Americans live with chronic medical conditions. These conditions impact our lives physically and emotionally and may affect work and personal relationships. This workshop will explore some of the stressful implications of these conditions and will also identify various techniques and local resources for help in managing them.

Crafting a Healthy Diet that Tastes Great

Guest Speaker - Josephine Connolly-Schoonen, Ph.D., R.D., CD/N
Marketing hype and the introduction of "designer" foods can make putting together a healthy diet difficult. Empower yourself to eat a healthy diet that tastes great by learning about food and nutrition trends, as well as how to interpret food labels and ingredient lists. Soon you'll be on your way to tasty meals AND better health.

Mental Health

Anger Management - An Overview

Angry? Who Me? This workshop will teach you techniques on how to manage your own anger and how to deal with another person's anger. Participants will identify types of triggers to anger, learn behavioral signs and symptoms of anger and role-play constructive ways to handle anger.

Beat the Blues: Don't Let Depression Get You Down

Guest Speaker - Department of Family Medicine & EAP
Have you ever wondered why some people do better than others when confronting difficult life situations? Depression affects over 15 million Americans each year. The good news is that it's treatable. This workshop will focus on ways to reduce your risk of becoming depressed. Workshop objectives are:
  1. To understand the important role of exercise, nutrition and sleep in combating stress and depression
  2. To recognize how our thoughts, feelings and behavior influence our ability to cope with life events.
  3. To identify signs and symptoms of clinical depression versus the blues. Nutrition education materials provided by Department of Family Medicine, Nutrition Division.

Coping with A Loved One Who is Mentally Ill

Mental illness afflicts millions of Americans and even now, there is still often a stigma associated with it. This workshop will address ways of helping a loved one access appropriate care, and how to provide support and encouragement while continuing to take care of you. Common characteristics of depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorders (formerly known as manic-depression) will be discussed.

Could My Child Have ADHD?

Guest Speaker - Carolyn Colwell, LCSW-R
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most over diagnosed and under diagnosed conditions of childhood. Recent public debate about ADHD has made it sound like a fad. But ADHD was first described by a German physician in the late 1800s. ADHD appears in many guises and disguises. In fact one form of ADHD does not involve hyperactivity at all. It also has a wide variability, ranging from very mild to very severe. It can affect academic performance, success in sports, socialization, self-esteem and family harmony. This workshop will help you: identify the symptoms of ADHD; understand how the ADHD brain works, and develop a roadmap for action.

Getting Unstuck from Pain

There are times in our lives that we encounter pain. We sometimes get stuck in these situations and are afraid to move. Or, we do not want to move, because it is too painful. This workshop will look at strategies for the times when we feel immobilized to address the pressing problems.

In Good Company - Managing Depression at the Worksite (Eli Lilly DART Project Module)

The very nature of depression can interfere with a person's ability or wish to get help. Depression saps energy and makes a person feel tired, worthless, helpless and hopeless. So people with depression may need encouragement from family members, friends, and co-workers to seek help. This workshop is for anyone who would like to learn more about depression, the symptoms, its treatment, and most importantly, where and how to seek help.

Life After Trauma: What Every Person Should Know (VIDEO)

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that affects about 1 in 13 Americans at some point during their lifetimes. PTSD can occur following exposure to an extreme traumatic event. The kinds of events that may lead to PTSD include physical or sexual assault, a terrible accident, the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one, or a natural disaster such as tornadoes or floods. In this video, you'll learn about PTSD - its symptoms and treatment - from doctors who treat it and people who have lived through it. You'll also learn that, with proper treatment, there can be life after trauma.

Moving back into the Light (VIDEO - 15 minutes plus discussion)

Clinical depression afflicts approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men at some point in their lifetime; however, the underlying medical nature of this illness is poorly understood by many people. This 15-minute videotape will help expose the myths and correct misconceptions about the illness and its treatment.

Understanding Anger - The Misunderstood Emotion

Whether you are trying to cope with difficult people or looking for insights into your own behavior, each workshop has something for everyone.
Part 1: You will learn about this very important emotion by defining anger, by recognizing the sources of anger, by identifying its triggers and by learning about its myths.
Part II: Through discussion and role-play you will learn techniques to express your own frustration and anger and constructive ways to deal with angry people. It is recommended that you attend both sessions.

When a Loved One is Depressed

Less than half the people suffering from depression seek treatment. One out of every five adults may experience a depression at some point during his or her lifetime. Through lecture, discussion and videotape, workshop participants will:
  • Learn the difference between "The Blues" and clinical depression by reviewing signs and symptoms
  • Identify the different types of depression and risk factors for depression
  • Understand that in many cases depression is a very treatable illness by discussing the benefits of medication combined with counseling
  • Develop strategies to intervene with a loved one who appears depressed


Breaking the Ice: How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anyplace

Guest Speaker - Fran Greene, A.C.S.W., a well-known communication and relationship expert, will discuss the art of meeting people for fun, friendship, adventure or romance. She also gives tips on how to make a fabulous first impression while radiating poise and confidence. Her expertise is on such topics as social and relationship skills, assertiveness, communication, and dating. She has taught at Cornell University, Adelphi and Suffolk Community College. Fran has appeared on such TV programs as The Today Show, Dateline NBC and News 12. She also has been featured in The New York Times, Newsday and Self Magazine.

Divorce Mediation

Have You Ever Wondered What Divorce Mediation Is?
Whether or not you or someone you know is considering ending a relationship, join us to learn about divorce mediation, the gentler, less expensive alternative to the traditional, litigated divorce. Studies have demonstrated that families of spouses who have mediated their divorce fare much better than those who have litigated. Mediation can also be helpful for couples or partners who are not legally married. At this workshop guest speakers Harriet Gerber, attorney and mediator, and Lawrence Gulino, school mental health practitioner and mediator, will explain what you need to do to get a legal separation and/or divorce in New York, the differences between the mediated and litigated divorce, and how to protect the children.

How to say "NO" and Take Care of Yourself

Workshop objectives are:
  • To learn the art of detachment
  • To identify the barriers to asserting your needs
  • To understand the importance of follow through between your words and your actions
  • To recognize that setting limits is healthy and people will eventually appreciate and respect you for it

Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships have proven to make people happier and decrease their overall stress. We will discuss the essential qualities that create a good relationship. Topics include effective listening techniques, enhancing communication and guidelines for Fair Fighting.

Personality Self-Portraits

Ever wonder why we think, work, love and act the way we do? Lots of people have pondered the very same question and will join you at this fun workshop. It may give you some insight into your friend, partner, kids, boss, maybe even yourself! A personal questionnaire will be distributed so you can do a little research into your own personality style. We'll spend some time specifically addressing how the recognition of personality styles can make for more pleasant work environments and less conflict in interpersonal relationships of any type.

Rebuilding Your Life After Separation or Divorce; Letting Go and Moving On (2 sessions)

This workshop is designed for those who find it hard to move on with their lives after separation or divorce. Topics include understanding loss, the stages of recovery, and the healing process, working through bitterness and beginning again.

Suddenly Single

Communication is the key to maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships. Communication is more than speaking. Linguists report that the spoken word is 7% of communication and that body language, facial expressions, tonality, and style constitute 93%. Topics covered will be:
  • Types of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Sources of interpersonal conflict at work
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • Skills of listening, assertiveness and conflict-communication
Skills you possess in the areas of listening and assertion by completing questionnaires on both topics
You will also receive a copy of The Ten Key Points About Assertive Behavior and The Ten Commandments for Getting Along with People.

Stress Management

Breathe & Be Free

Meditation is a way of slowing down and opening up to ourselves and our environment. This will include teaching breathing techniques and discussion of some of the issues that arise in meditation practice.

Change for the Better

Workshop objectives are:
  1. To laugh and reduce stress
  2. To complete a humor evaluation
  3. To define humor and its functions
  4. To discuss humor and the workplace
  5. To understand the importance of humor in living a balanced life

Getting Organized - When Time is Not on Our Side

Getting things done reduces stress, but getting started is a challenge. And, it's all about managing ourselves without feeling overwhelmed. How do we balance work, family, leisure time and other commitments? We will focus on those things that matter most and identify the obstacles in our path. A questionnaire will be distributed so we can evaluate how we spend our time. Topics covered will be: 1) fighting procrastination, 2) managing stress, 3) setting goals and priorities 4) choosing the right model for taking action, and 5) applying the 3 D's - Do it, Delegate it and Defer it.

Joy of Stress with Loretta LaRoche, The (VIDEO 56 minutes)

Laughter is the BEST Medicine. We all have stress in our lives and without it, we would not be alive. But, there are times when we're on overload. This entertaining video presentation by Loretta LaRoche is an opportunity to kick back and release stress through laughter.

Making the Most of Transition: How Resilient Are You?

Do you ever wonder why two different people exposed to the same type of stress react differently? Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to change. Learn about the factors that influence how well one copes with stressful life events, manage damage control for work relationships during organizational change, and how to survive the changes from a new boss, a new policy or even a new job site. Staying resilient is like staying in shape- some are born lucky but most have to work at it. Come to the workshop and take the resiliency quiz and discover where you need to focus your efforts.

Managing Stress & Anger (VIDEOS)

The Williams LifeSkills System for Managing Stress & Anger is about self-empowerment. You can become more productive, improve relationships and lead a less stressful and possible longer life. The 10 skills in this Workbook and Video Series will show you how. Learn when to: speak up, listen, take action, and make decisions.

Mindful Awareness: Staying Focused at Work

Learn techniques to increase concentration and attention while reducing the stressful responses that interfere with concentration and productivity at work. Participants will become acquainted with the practice of mindfulness meditation and have an opportunity to experience new ways to deal with distractions and stress.

Move Your Mood

Why do some people appear happier and more energetic than others? Exercise may be the answer! Recent studies are proving that exercise is beneficial for improving our psychological well being and life satisfaction. Clinical research is also associating exercise with a decrease in anxiety and depression. Join us for a thought provoking workshop that will explore the benefits of exercising for our mental health.

Relax! You Only Live Once with Loretta LaRoche (VIDEO 60 minutes)

Loretta LaRoche tells you how to relax and enjoy every-day life by listening to another authority; the one inside you. Loretta helps you lose your worries by finding your sense of humor - even in the most unlikely situations. Loretta's contagious spirit and humor show that "life is better when you lighten up!"

Relaxation VIDEO series-Taking Time Out for Ourselves (3 sessions)

Part 1 - Laughing Matters - 31 minute Video - Laugh with the experts on humor and stress: Dr. Robert Eliot, Dr. Steve Allen Jr., Loretta LaRoche and Charlie Chaplin.
Part II - Just Relax - 29 minute Video - 5 relaxation techniques help you melt away stress while you watch scenic vistas from the Catskill Mountains to the California Coast.
Part III - Short Circuiting Stress - 18 minute Video - Much of our stress is the result of faulty perception. But you can alter your perception and reduce stress. Narrated by author and cardiologist, Dr. Robert Eliot.

Resiliency - The Attribute of Stress Resistant People

Do you ever wonder why two different people exposed to the same type of stress react differently? One appears to do quite well while the other is overwhelmed. Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Complete the Resiliency Self-Assessment Questionnaire and find out where you score on the road to resiliency. Learn about the factors that influence how well one copes with stressful life events.

Self Care PASS IT ON

The goals of this workshop are:
  1. To identify stress and its symptoms
  2. To define wellness
  3. To understand stress resistant qualities
  4. To learn coping strategies
  5. To practice stress management techniques

Time Management Tips for the Holidays

Does the end of the year fill you with dread? Do you wish the holidays weren't an annual event? Do you keep promising yourself that this year you'll get a head start on holiday tasks, only to procrastinate even more? This workshop will provide some easily applicable tips to help you anticipate the holidays with pleasure, while providing a means for structuring your limited time and delegating or deleting some tasks.

Tips for Coping with the Holidays

The holiday season can be a lot less stressful if time is taken to anticipate and plan. It's not unusual for you to feel overwhelmed and stressed during the holidays. This workshop will focus on keeping things simple and more enjoyable as you learn quick tips to survive the holiday season.

What's Stress Got to Do with It? (2 sessions - Part I & II)

This workshop will explore one of the biggest health problems in people's lives…STRESS. How does stress affect us? What are some helpful tips that can reduce stress at home and at work? Participants will be given a list of resources at Stony Brook University and in the community.


Domestic Violence: Faces of Fear (VIDEO 57 minutes)

This PBS video program examines the cross-cultural phenomenon of domestic violence and looks at how the medical community, law enforcement agencies, and corporate America are helping to end the silence. It highlights innovative responses throughout the country and around the world. The impact of children is explored as well as educating teenagers about dating violence.

Rising to the Challenge of Your Own Safety

Guest Speaker - Lt. Thomas Clark, University Police
In today's world maintaining your own safety is becoming increasingly difficult. Come and learn the latest methods of crime prevention and what to do if all precautions fail and you are face-to-face with a dangerous personal threat.

Road Rage: How to Protect Yourself! VIDEO 15 minutes by the National Safety Council - (VIDEO)

Co-sponsored with University Police
This fifteen-minute video presentation covers the rationale for keeping cool, calm and controlled in today's stressful and potentially dangerous driving environment. It highlights common situations that can trigger conflicts between drivers...and offers practical tips for building a "ROAD RAGE" DEFENSE...including how to keep one's own anger in check and how to avoid becoming a victim of other drivers' "road rage." A self-assessment questionnaire will examine your risk for road rage behavior. Discussion will follow.

When Love Hurts

Everyday men and women are hurt by someone who is close to them regardless of age, race or income level. This workshop will help identify warning signs of potentially dangerous relationships and discuss ways in which to respond to these signs.


Effective Ergonomics

Guest Speaker - Wellness Center
This workshop will include:
  • Proper lifting and material handling techniques
  • Ways to relieve muscle tension for the neck, back and shoulders
  • Considerations for setting up your computer workstation
  • Perform work activities safely and correctly for the spine

Humor Helps - The Benefits of Laughter (VIDEO 60 minutes)

The videotape by author and stress management consultant Loretta LaRoche will be previewed. It is called Relax! You Only Live Once with Loretta LaRoche (60 minutes). Loretta LaRoche tells you how to relax and enjoy every-day life by listening to another authority; the one inside you. Loretta helps you lose your worries by finding your sense of humor - even in the most unlikely situations. Loretta's contagious spirit and humor show that "life is better when you lighten up!" Handouts and other stress management resources will be distributed.

Humor Keeps You Healthy

Workshop Objectives:
  • To laugh and reduce stress
  • To complete a humor evaluation
  • To define humor and its functions
  • To discuss humor and the workplace
  • To understand the importance of humor in living a balanced life

Humor Your Stress - Just for the Fun of It with Loretta LaRoche (VIDEO 60 minutes)

Behind her irreverent unconventional, wacky, and just plain funny style, Loretta has successfully found a way to make cognitive therapy (rethinking the way you think) accessible, and in so doing, helps viewers see “the folly of their ways,” and put our lives back in perspective.

Fun and Fitness

Guest Speaker - Professor Theresa Tiso
Need motivation to get fit this winter? Get the answers to these questions: How do I start? How do I stay with it? What is the best exercise for me? What should I eat?

Labyrinth Walking: Pathway to Stress Management & Improved Performance

Guest Speaker - Ed O'Connell
Take a break from the stress of modern life by going back a few thousand years. People are discovering anew that walking the concentric circles of ancient labyrinths can create inner peace and healing. EAP invites you to join Labyrinth Builder, Ed O'Connell, for a refreshing introduction to the Red Dragon Labyrinth as a walking meditation practice. Location - Outdoors at the Labyrinth - West Campus (Gray and O'Neil - Mendelsohm Quad)

Practice of Yoga, The

The practice of yoga, traditionally, does not emphasize the physical body as the primary medium for personal growth. Instead, the essence of the practice lies in its ability to cultivate more clarity and ease in our daily life. This workshop clarifies a less westernized yet highly practical understanding of yoga, a philosophy that has its origins in times where inner transformation triumphed over the 'quick fix'. Through some explanation and practices, you will:
  • Acquaint yourself with the idea of doing yoga practices to support your stage of life
  • Learn how yoga can be useful beyond a group classroom setting
  • Understand certain qualities, which will arise through an appropriate yoga practice
  • Experience some breathing practices you can incorporate into your own life...even during a stressful day at work

Strength Training, Running, and Walking Basics for the Fitness Enthusiast

Guest Speaker - Professor Theresa Tiso
"Fitness for the Whole Body" - Learn how to incorporate 'fun n' fitness' principles into your daily life. A workshop for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellness through exercise and nutrition.

Yoga for Wellness

Refresh and recharge during this gentle 50-minute yoga class for all levels of experience and fitness. Practice yoga movement and breathing techniques that can be utilized in the office or at home to help reduce stress, increase flexibility, and promote an overall sense of wellbeing. Please wear comfortable and non-restrictive clothing


Bullying No More

Often we hear about children being bullied at school or in the neighborhood. This workshop addresses the same issue, but in the workplace. Bullying behavior creates an unhealthy and unpleasant work environment. According to author Dr. Gary Namie, bullying is a systematic assault campaign that involves the "deliberate, repeated, hurtful verbal mistreatment" of one person by another. Employees targeted by bullies may suffer from depression, anxiety and stress driving up an employer's health care costs. Participants will learn:
  • The underlying dynamics of bullying
  • Types of bullies and tactics used
  • How to safely intervene and
  • The institutional resources and support available
  • The goal is to create a respectful and safe work environment.

Compassion Fatigue

The goals of this workshop are:
  1. To understand the effects of burnout/compassion fatigue on caregivers or health care providers by completing and reviewing self-assessment questionnaires on compassion fatigue and resiliency.
  2. To identify the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue.
  3. To identify coping strategies in the areas of our physical, behavioral, emotional and cognitive well being.

Enhancing Communication

This workshop will provide the knowledge and tools to assist us with having satisfying relationships with people at home and at work. Topics covered will be:
  1. Types of communication
  2. Common barriers to communication
  3. Listening skills - do's and don'ts
  4. Three ways people behave in a situation
  5. Components of assertion
  6. Barriers to self-assertion
  7. Ten key points to assertive behavior
  8. Basic assertive human rights
  9. Tips for getting along with people

Getting Along with Your Peers

It's not uncommon to experience difficulty working with others. Each person brings to the workplace their own personality, values, experience and expectations. At times these factors do not easily blend with their coworkers and this causes conflict. In this workshop you will:
  • Understand conflict and its impact on the workplace
  • Determine your conflict resolution style
  • Identify ten ways to cope with conflict
  • Practice conflict communication skills
  • Discuss the benefits of teamwork
  • Learn ten factors for team success

Helping a Colleague in Distress

In the course of our work lives we are bound to come across colleagues in distress. Whether it is a divorce, a serious illness, financial difficulty or an addiction, we know that our co-worker's behavior has somehow changed. Something is wrong, but what? How do we help, rather than enable? How do we show concern, yet respect privacy? What can we do if they refuse help? This workshop is for anyone who has ever asked these same questions.

Stress...At WORK

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) completed 18 months of research on job stress. Their mission is to educate the workplace on the prevention of work-related illness and injury. A summary of their study and recommendations will be presented and discussed with workshop participants.

When You and Your Supervisor Don't Get Along

The relationship between you and your supervisor is an important one. Working together as a team helps get the job done and that's the purpose of you being here. However, there are times when you: 1) may feel undervalued or misunderstood, 2) may not have all the information, resources or support you need, 3) may be treated unprofessionally or 4) may find yourself having personality conflicts or communication problems - just to name a few scenarios. What can you do about it? This workshop provides you with the tools and techniques to improve the situation as you focus on what you do have control over - your reaction. It also suggests campus resources for confidential consultation. After all, both you and your supervisor have a responsibility to address the situation and improve the work environment.

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