Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Girl/Dad Panel

Hear our Spartan Fathers discuss the challenges and rewards of being "girl dads!"

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Boy/Dad Panel

Hear our Spartan Fathers discuss the challenges and rewards of being "boy dads!"

Family Affinity Group - Avoiding Power Struggles with Your Children

Do you ever find yourself asking, “How can I get my kid to do their homework without a huge fight?!”  Maybe you’ve wondered why you can’t have just one drama-free morning, where you don’t have to bribe your kid to brush their teeth. Are you just plain sick of the battle over how much they’re on their phones?  And while we’re at it, do you find that these battles with your kids while you’re trying to parent during the chaos of a global pandemic are just wearing you down even more than normal!?

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Finances for Fathers

We will discuss basic budgeting and the financial considerations involved when being a parent such as saving for their future and added expenses.

Adult Caregivers Affinity Group: A Caregivers Guide to Grieving

A place for Spartans to connect on adult caregiving/eldercare topics with the goal of connecting, building community and sharing best practices regarding adult/elder caregiving and the importance of caring for the caregivers.

Caring for someone who has a terminal illness or is in hospice can be a complicated experience.   While there is not one instruction manual that fits everyone’s unique experience of grieving while caring for a loved one, there are some common themes and frameworks that can be helpful to consider while you are on your personal caregiving journey.  Join us as we explore the landmark stages of grief and loss as well as explore the various ways people journey through these stages.   Explore how increasing your emotional resilience and psychological flexibility can ease the strain of caregiving and anticipatory grief regarding the pending loss of your loved one. Bring your questions and experiences. 

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Positive Discipline

Discipline is a difficult topic for parents. How do you know what helps and what hurts? Learn about techniques that focus on positive discipline that can help you create an environment that is safe, fun, and focuses on learning while helping children develop self control and minimize behavior problems.

IPF Home Improvement Series: Homeowner HVAC : Operations and Tips

IPF Home Improvement Series: Homeowner HVAC : Operations and Tips
Speaker: Alan Vanderstelt

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fatherhood and Discipline

This presentation is aimed at exploring the role of Fatherhood as it relates to disciplining one’s child/ren. Is there a right and wrong way to discipline? What is discipline vs. punishment? What are thought to be common “mistakes” that Fathers make in relation to discipline? If I could go back and give my just becoming Father self some advice, what would it be? 

IPF Home Improvement Series: How to Safely Use a Generator with Brian Powe

Join the WorkLife Office and Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) as we continue the Home Improvement Series with How to Safely Use a Generator to help Spartans who have been working from home for nearly a year!

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Overcoming the Pressures of Fatherhood

This session will highlight the challenges of fatherhood, and how to overcome them. Participants will leave with the motivation, and knowledge of how to handle and manage the complexities of fatherhood.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Overcoming the Pressures of Fatherhood

This session will highlight the challenges of fatherhood, and how to overcome them. Participants will leave with the motivation, and knowledge of how to handle and manage the complexities of fatherhood.

Learn about Native Families

Get to know your Spartan colleagues! Our WorkLife Family Series is your chance to log on and learn from your fellow Spartans.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Healing as a Father

Topic: Healing as a Father; this presentation will assist fathers in identifying areas of healing, and how healing will help fathers unleash the greatest father that already lies within them. This presentation will not only provide information, but also allow for fathers to have a safe space to discuss the topic of healing as fathers and as men.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fathers and Difficult Conversations about RACE

This presentation is aimed to educate on Race while promoting Culture and Ethnicity.  Erasing the myths and cliches and uplifting what's real.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Being an Emotionally Responsive Dad: Good for your Kids, Good for You!

Speaker: Jon Novello, MSU Employee Assistance Program

Dad’s make a difference in the lives of their kids.  We know this is absolutely true, dads can contribute to providing the necessary structure and stability that kids need.  We also now know that when men are emotionally tuned in to their kids, children thrive!   And you know what else?  Being an emotionally responsive father is really, really good for the health of the dad, too!  Unfortunately, so many men have been discouraged from experiencing a full range of emotions, and as a result they may feel uncomfortable being emotionally open.  Join Jon Novello, counselor at MSU’s Employee Assistance Program, as he shares the ways that dads are so critical to the development of their children, and outlines what it really means to be an emotionally responsive dad.

Multiracial and Multicultural Families

Multiracial and Multicultural Families

Asian Families

Listen and Learn about Asian Families from your MSU colleagues

African American Families

African American Families - Panel Discussion

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic - Keeping Our Kids Safe Online

Our children today are constantly connected to an online world, in ways that we, as adults, typically weren’t as kids. As such, we don’t necessarily have a strong grasp on the realities and risks of being embedded in a digital environment. Join us for a discussion on how we can enable our children to become good digital citizens and help secure their futures.

Learning Objective #1: Parents/caregivers will gain an understanding of the source of dangers to their children online.

Learning Object #2: Parents/caregivers will learn strategies for keeping their kids safe in today’s connected world.

Chicano/Latino Families

Chicano/Latino Families

A Glimpse Into a "Learning Pod"

Have you heard of learning pods? Have you considered setting one up for your children? The WorkLife Office and a few of our colleagues from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences discover what learning pods are and for a glimpse inside the learning pod they have established together.  Learn how they got it started, how to set one up for yourself and gather some tips for success! 

WNA: Managing Emotional Overload (Lisa Laughman)

Learning Objectives:
-Consider family and dominant cultural rules that inhibit healthy emotional expression
-Learn strategies for honoring and processing the full range of human emotions
-Understand the dangers of emotional suppression, experiential avoidance, emotional dysregualtion, and shaming practices around emotions
-Explore healthy emotional expression in the context of a larger framework for resilience: acknowledge, honor, release, relax, reflect, resolve.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: The Coach, The Mentor, The Friend: Dad tools for effective conversations

The aim for this session is to foster thinking processes that fathers can use to make stronger family connections in a relaxed but informative interactive session.

Purpose:

The goal is to share tool that fathers can use to frame their own thinking and conversation goals to help their children live their best lives.

Outcomes: In this session participants will learn:

1. Three cognitive behavioral approaches for productive conversations with children and spouses.

2. A deeper understanding of connection and the different roles fathers can play in their children’s lives.

3. How to help children focus on goals and values to establish trust and encourage stronger communication.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fatherhood and Work-Life Balance

Speakers: Jaimie Hutchison, Deputy Director with MSU WorkLife Office and Wayne Hutchison, MBA Program

Jaimie Hutchison from the MSU WorkLife Office presents on Work-Life fit. In our fast-paced world, what is the secret to balancing all of our responsibilities? Well, there is no secret or fix-all answer, but there are strategies and tactics for helping to manage it all. In this interactive session, learn tips for striking a "balance" that works for you and your unique blend of responsibilities.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Kick Off! Family Reloaded

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic
Families, businesses, and lives are destroyed in the name of "I'm Doing This For Us". Learn how to build a fail proof family and rebuild what was broken.