Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

Wellbeing Wednesdays: Chair Yoga

3 Learning Objectives
A. Acknowledging the Importance of self-care
B. Learning to detach from the world for self-focused care
C. Engage in a guided Chair Yoga Session

Supported through a Masters in Sports Administration plus certifications in Group Exercise, Yoga, and Personal Training, retirement hasn't stopped Rebecca Kegler form leading by example! She has returned to campus this fall to lead MSU classes both in-person and online with virtual Chair Yoga now reaching MSU audiences across our state from the Upper Peninsula to Downriver Detroit. Join this easy-to-do class as she shares knowledge, enthusiasm, and simple practices which promote living a stronger, healthier, active life

International Employee Resource Group: Welcome Session!

The International Employee Resource Group (International ERG) is a place for Spartans to connect on issues related to our international community. The goal of the ERG is to connect, build community and share best practices. It is an opportunity to discuss everyday issues, relationships with friends and family, campus and community connections, and social activities that will help to build community. The International Employee Resource Group will meet every 3rd Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted on our calendar due to holidays or other conflicts.

Family Employee Resource Group: Children with Special Needs

The WorkLife Office is proud to present an Ask the Expert session regarding Children with Special Needs. We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by multiple experts in the area including:

- Amy Lowrie, Related Services Director & Early On Director, Eaton Regional Education Services Agency
- Diondra Straiton, President, Mid-Michigan Autism Association
- Catherine Blatnik, Treasurer, Mid-Michigan Autism Association
- Jaimie Hutchison, LPC, SCL, Director Work Life Office

This will be an excellent opportunity for you to gain information about these organizations and what services they can provide as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions to the panelists regarding children with special needs. Our panelists are prepared to help answer the pressing questions that you have in mind for a child in your life in the areas of neurodivergence, autism spectrum disorder and other sensory sensitivities, early childhood screenings, educational advocacy, special education services, and physical, mental, social, or emotional developmental needs.

Supervisor Training Series Part 1: Supporting Employees with Chronic Health Conditions

As a supervisor, you may find yourself in challenging situations which place the solution at the supervisor's discretion. When it comes to managing an employee with a chronic health condition, it can be of even higher importance that a message of support and acceptance is communicated to the employee, while maintaining a sense of equity amongst the employee and their team members. During this opening to a 4-part series, you will gain insight on the needs of employees with chronic health conditions, what resources are available to them, and how to respond effectively and supportively. 

Class Objectives:
- Understand the significance of normalizing chronic health conditions and the treatment of those conditions 
- Recognize the benefits of supporting your employees through chronic health conditions 
- Determining what your employees' needs are and what resources are available to them 
- Top ways to provide support as a supervisor as well as the do’s and don’ts of responding to an employee with a chronic health condition 

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - Session Five

The Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - Session Four

The Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - Session Three

The Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

The WorkLife Office Presents: Child & Family Charities - Have You Ever Considered Becoming A Foster Parent?

In Michigan, there are over 13,000 children in foster care and the number of homes willing to care for these vulnerable children is dwindling. Watch this webinar to learn more about Michigan’s foster children and how you can help!

DID YOU KNOW?
- Foster Parents can be single
- Foster Parents do not need previous parenting skills
- Foster Parents can live in apartments
- Foster Parents can work full-time Foster Parents come in all ages (minimum of age 21)
- Foster Children have their own medical insurance.
- Foster Parents can choose the age, gender, race/culture of a child they would be most comfortable parenting.

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - Session Two

The Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - Session One

The Parent Talk System, a parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, is designed to improve communication and provide practical strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics:

- Eliminating unwanted behavior
- Setting limits
- Teaching about consequences
- Giving effective feedback
- Promoting independence
- Developing character

WNA Presents: Upgrade Your View - Vision Board Exclusive!

WNA Presents: Upgrade Your View - Vision Board Exclusive! This video features Regina Carey, Impact Coach & Passion Instigator, for a special hands-on, virtual event for building vision boards!

Regina leads the session, starting with a quick meditation exercise before walking participants through vision boarding concepts and how to create your vision! Ultimately, participants created their own vision board during the 1.5 hour session. Plan to watch the whole thing?! Find a comfortable spot that inspired creativity, find some glue/magazines/scissors, and hit play!

Family Employee Resource Group: Supporting Children Through Divorce with Jon Novello

Learning Objectives:
-Participants will learn effective communication strategies to use when speaking with children and teens about divorce.
-Participants will learn to consider a child’s developmental stage to tailor language that is age-appropriate, as well as allowing the child to lead aspects of the conversation to allow for developmentally appropriate discussion.
-Participants will consider their own role in the child’s environment and learn more about what they can do to foster a healthy and safe home for their child.
-Participants will consider any emotional or psychological baggage that might be impacting the home environment, and to consider addressing that individually as another way to support their children.

Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Brain Functioning and Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s Disease

In this session, participants gain a deeper understanding of basic brain functioning of the client with Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s Disease. How to successfully navigate the journey of your new role assignment as caregiver; how to decrease burn out and ways to handle the various moods that may occur. This session also discusses ways to handle the progression of the disease, and what to expect over the long haul.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the basic brain functioning of individuals with Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s Disease.
2. Understand how to navigate becoming a caregiver.
3. Understand how to navigate the various moods and feelings that come with being a caregiver.

WNA Presents: Identity, Difference, and Connection: A Dialogue & Strategy Sharing Session

When we are in proximity to people who have differing identities, lived experiences, and cultural understandings from our own, building meaningful and supportive connections can feel beyond our reach. In this session, we'll use Transforming Theatre Ensemble scenarios focused on a fictional relationship between a staff person and a student who have different understandings and experiences around gender.

Family Employee Resource Group: College Application, Admissions, & Stuff to Know

Are you beginning to plan college visits for your prospective high school graduate? Are you seeking guidance on how to navigate the landscape of nearly 4,000 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States? With nearly 30 years of college admissions experience between them, Christina Carr and Terence Brown provide information they hope will reduce the stress often associated with a student’s college search process. Please enjoy this webinar.

Advancing Your Career in Higher Education (ft. HERC)

Watch this informative webinar, presented by the WorkLife Office and Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

Do you feel stuck where you are now in your career in higher ed? In this webinar, we review the current higher education job market and share four strategies for moving up in your career, including concrete steps that you can take. We’ll also discuss how to assess if an institution is committed to internal advancement.

Learn more about HERC: https://worklife.msu.edu/introduction-to-herc

Learning About Trauma-Informed Care and Workplace Application

Enjoy this Lunch and Learn webinar about trauma-informed care, presented by Kelley Blanck (Clinical Instructor), and Natalie Moser (Director of the MSU Psychological Clinic).

Learning Objectives:

1. Define trauma and the manifestations of trauma in the workplace.
2. Describe the principles of a trauma-informed organization.
3. Define at least two of my your own potential needs related to practicing in a trauma-informed manner.

Creating an Inclusive Workplace: Work-Life Through an Equity Lens & How to Retain BIPOC Faculty and Staff

Creating an Inclusive Workplace: Work-Life Through an Equity Lens & How to Retain BIPOC Faculty and Staff

Watch as we welcome Jaimie Hutchison, Deputy Director of the MSU WorkLife Office, and Derek Smith, Executive Director of Central HERC, for a timely conversation around retention of historically marginalized groups. This conversation brought together passionate experts to discuss the strategies behind creating an inclusive work environment that promotes retention.

Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Navigating Safety, Risk, and Independence while Caring for our Elders

It is a delicate balance to maintain the safety and the independence of our elders. How does one decide how to keep an elder person safe, but what risks are worth taking in order to maintain their independence? This can often be a stressful issue for older adults and caregivers who support them. Approaching caregiving as a partnership and identifying resources to assist older adults is essential to maintaining their independence and taking a collaborative approach to their care.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will describe the role of collaborating with their elders on their care.
2. Participants will identify two factors that impact honoring a care receiver’s desire to maintain independence.

WNA Presents: The Power of Affirmations - An Antidote to Imposter Syndrome & Burnout

The words we tell ourselves matter. This workshop explores the power of affirmations and address how they are important as an antidote to imposter syndrome, self-doubt, and burnout.

Fatherhood Forum - Today's Fathers: Caring, Committed, and Conflicted

Fatherhood Forum - Today's Fathers: Caring, Committed, and Conflicted

Fathers and guardians of all ages are welcome to listen how COVID has impacted gender roles on the home front and the research on the changing role of fathers in the workplace. Speaker Dr. Brad Harrington’s research and teaching focuses on career management and work-life integration, the changing role of fathers, and contemporary workforce management strategies.

Family Employee Resource Group: The Resilience Toolbox

WorkLife Office Presents: Family Employee Resource Group - The Resilience Toolbox

Prolonged or intense stress can have lasting negative impacts in the development of young children. Children with resilience are better able to manage this stress and work towards healthy and successful outcomes. This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of how stress affects children and the importance of developing resilience to combat that stress, including specific strategies for building protective factors. Stocking up your resilience toolbox empowers you to help children learn to manage the stressors in their lives and give them the skills, tools and know-how to deal with whatever life throws at them.

Learning Objectives:
1) Understand how stress affects children.
2) Learn protective factors to support resiliency.
3) Identify specific strategies to build resilience in children, including building adult capabilities.

Adult Caregiver ERG: Demystifying Dementia & The 6 Pillars of Brain Health

This session equipped participants on behalf of themselves, their families and their communities with a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other common types of dementia, and provided an overview of the “Six Pillars of Brain Health” as identified by the Global Council on Brain Health. We offer resource information for families and individuals living with dementia in Michigan, and describe specific steps that everyone can take – regardless of age – to optimize their chances of maintaining their cognitive health.

Family Employee Resource Group: How to Support Your Children’s Learning from Technology

Young children learning from screens – what works and what doesn’t?

In the spring of 2020, children and caregivers had to quickly adapt to learning from screens. This felt like a new and daunting challenge for many of us. However, we do have over 50 years of research on about young children’s learning from media, largely thanks to programs like Sesame Street and Blues Clues, that can inform best practices. In this session, we discussed what we know from research about children and screens and how caregivers can use that information to support their children’s learning.

WNA: Women's Mental Health and Intersectionality Part 2

In Part 2 of the event, Dr. Farha Abbasi discusses:

1. The concept of intersectionality and its impact on mental health

2. Understanding bio, psychosocial model of mental disorders

3. Why women are more vulnerable to mental disorders

4. Impact of poverty, abuse, and minority status on mental health

5. Patterns and prevalence of substance use and suicide in women