Wellness Seminar Series: Recorded Presentations

Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Psychology professor Elliot Berkman will explore the neuroscience of goal-setting and provide tips on how to create the best environment for sticking to your New Year's resolutions.

"What people neglect to realize is how deeply a given behavior -whether its's being sedentary or having bad eating habits - is embedded in your lifestyle in many ways," Berkman said.  According to his research, it's actually easier to break a bad habit by replacing it with a new habit.  "The habit formation system is one of the most powerful systems in the brain because habits, in general, are useful. Once you learn how to do something well the brain offloads that so it doesn't take up as much attention, one of the most precious resources."

Dr. Berkman will give advice on effective goal setting, including how friends and partners can help or hurt a goal, and what brain science says about the influence of publicly committing to a goal.

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation




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Elder Care Connection Series
Caregiver Communication Strategies for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Join a representative from the Alzheimer’s Association to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s.  Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. A short explanation of important legal and financial issues that need to be addressed when a loved-one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia will be included in the presentation.  Information on the education programs, support groups and other services and resources provided by the Alzheimer’s Association will also be provided. This presentation is for anyone interested in learning communication strategies for family or friends with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

PowerPoint Presentation

Alzheimer's Association - Oregon Chapter website

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Building Healthy Relationships

Tiffany Brown, Director of the Couples and Family Therapy Program and a senior lecturer in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, will detail the College of Education’s Couples and Family Therapy program, which each year admits some 20 students pursuing a master’s degree that prepares them for licensure and a career in counseling. She’ll also describe the Relationship Check-in, which welcomes the public for a free session with a student.

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation


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Elder Care Connection Series
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Lane County

A representative from the ADRC will present information about Senior & Disability Services offered in Lane County.  These services include SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, and Older Americans Act Programs (Meals on Wheels, Senior Companions, etc.). The ADRC will also be discussed as an information and resource link for the community.  This elder care session is for anyone interested in these services, caregivers or family members, and persons with disabilities. 

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation


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Balancing Work and Family

In today's busy society, balancing work and family is a common challenge.  The stress this creates can be detrimental to an individual's physical health, emotional well-being, and work productivity.  These effects will be discussed along with strategies and techniques to reduce stress.

PowerPoint Presentation
Recorded Presentation
Multi-tasking Video


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Moving Towards an Inclusive Workplace at the UO

The Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Human Resources offer this lunch hour seminar to discuss the IDEAL Framework as the foundation for making Equity and Inclusion commonplace here at the UO. In this seminar, DEI will discuss manners in which employees can begin to confront their own beliefs, biases and perceptions and their effects on our daily interactions. Through this understanding, employees will work on developing strategies to help create, foster, and celebrate inclusivity on our campus.

Presenter: Rafael Lopez, DEI Programs Manager

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation


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Generations at Work

For the first time in American history veterans, baby boomers, genXers, and millennials are working together and in close quarters. In order to be effective communicators we need to know how to adapt to different personality types, along with understanding the different generational issues that can create conflict in the workplace. This seminar provides practical solutions to help people bridge the generational gap.

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation

Millennial International Utube Video

Generational Personality Quiz


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How Optimism Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Improve your quality of life by changing your outlook. This training will provide a definition of optimism, learned helplessness, benefits of optimism, how you can think differently, and a process to help you be more optimistic will be provided. If where you look is where you go, why not get some ideas on how to head in a more optimistic direction?

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation


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Explore Your Relationship with Money

Money is not typically considered an emotional issue, yet it is often a source of stress in both people’s personal lives and relationships. This training will explore whether your relationship with money is similar to other relationships in your life. Tools to help think about money differently will be presented. This seminar is not designed to be a budgeting workshop or to provide financial advice of any kind.

PowerPoint Presentation presented at the UO on February 15, 2018

Previously Recorded Presentation from Cascade Centers, Inc.


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Beating the Winter Blues

This seminar defines “winter blues,” “seasonal affective disorder,” and how to tell the difference. Participants will learn how the winter season affects them and strategies for coping with winter blues.

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation 

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Holiday Stress

Holidays can often become a more stressful than pleasant time. Learn about your stressors and discover how to lower your stress level for a better holiday.

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation Part 1

Recorded Presentation Part 2

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Working in a Changing Environment

In an organizational culture of constant change, adapting can be challenging. Some areas addressed during this presentation are the elements of change, different loss experienced related to change, the transitional stages, and ways of coping with stress and change.

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation


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Elder Care Options

Learn what elder care options are available, how to evaluate which option is best for your parent,
and what questions to ask the providers.

PowerPoint Presentation

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and
the Importance of Restful Sleep

This seminar provides a review of stress, what it is and how it affects us. Information on mindfulness tools that can help change relationships with thoughts, feelings and sensations related to stress. Participants will also learn tools to use in the future. 
The importance of restful sleep and quick tips for sleeping are provided.

PowerPoint Presentation

Recorded Presentation

The University of Oregon contracts with Cascade Centers, Inc. to provide a comprehensive employee assistance program for benefit eligible employees and their dependents.  The services are at no cost to eligible members.

Learn more about EAP services and access to assistance and support on the Employee Assistance Program webpage.

Visit the EAP webpage