Wellness Seminar Series for Faculty and Staff

Human Resources partners with Cascade Centers, our employee assistance provider, and campus departments to offer wellness seminars for faculty and staff.
Each seminar focuses on a different aspect of personal well-being or an important campus topic and is free of charge. Other important information about wellness seminars:

  • They will be broadcast live via a webinar to UO Portland and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston.
  • Following each seminar, a recording of the presentation will be posted to the HR website.

Previous wellness seminars are available for viewing on the Recorded Wellness Presentations webpage.

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Elder Care Connection Series
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Basics

A representative from the Alzheimer's Association local Eugene office will present information about the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  What happens in the brain affected by Alzheimer’s will also be examined.   Details about the risk factors for Alzheimer’s and three general stages of the disease will be outlined.   FDA-approved treatments will be identified and a look ahead at what’s happening now and in the future for Alzheimer’s research. 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 more about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the assistance resources available in our community.

Thursday, October 18th
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Lawrence Hall Rm 115

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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.

Check-ins aren’t just for people in loving relationships, said Brown.  The clinic has had sessions with romantic couples of all ages, in distress or doing well, roommates looking to navigate how they share a dorm room or apartment, siblings and parents.  A good starting point for any relationship, she said, is identifying what is going well and celebrate that before digging into any problems.

The Relationship Check-In approach, she said, is built on communication theory and the evidence-based couples therapy model of John and Julie Gottman, who run the Gottman Institute in Seattle, and strives to help people interact better.

Thursday, October 25th
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Crater Lake Room North -EMU

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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.

Friday, November 2nd
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Lawrence Hall Rm 115

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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.

Tuesday, December 11th
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Fenton Hall Rm 110

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