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Sep 21 Webinar: Making the Most of the Limited PSLF Waiver: How Employees Can Access Student Loan Forgiveness

Video Recording & Presentation Slides A video recording of this webinar is available for you to watch. You can also view and download the presentation slides. Making the Most of the Limited PSLF Waiver: How Employees Can Access Student Loan Forgiveness Join us for a free webinar sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of […]

July 22 Webinar: Mental Health and Well-Being: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Video Recording A video recording of this webinar is available for you to watch. Mental Health and Well-Being in the Age of COVID: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implications and Practices Join us for a free webinar sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry UMMC EAP Programs. The webinar includes 1 CEU for Social […]

May 10 Webinar: Crisis in America: Fake Pills and Fentanyl

Video Recording A video recording of this webinar is available for you to watch.

Mar 25 Webinar: Successful Dialogue on Uncomfortable Topics

Video Recording A video recording of this webinar is available for you to watch. Successful Dialogue on Uncomfortable Topics: Sex, Politics, Race and Religion Join us for a free webinar sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry UMMC EAP Programs. The webinar includes 2 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors. Friday, March 25, […]

For a list of seminars that we provide, please visit the Supervisors page.

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For a list of seminars that we provide, please visit the Supervisors page.

Nov 11 Webinar: Credit Cards: The Good, The Sad, The Costly

This is a free webinar hosted by KOFE.

English: Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Credit Cards: The Good, The Sad, and The Costly

Millions of Americans are drowning in card debt. But if they did these 5 simple things, they could be swimming in savings.

In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Find the right credit card for your lifestyle
  • Decipher the complicated terms and conditions for the best rates and rewards
  • Get a credit card even if you have terrible credit
  • Find experts who can help you get out of credit card debt

Register

Attendees can register for this event through their KOFE portal or through the links below and will receive an email confirmation and reminder.

English: Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Download the flyer in English (PDF)

For a list of seminars that we provide, please visit the Supervisors page.

Webinar: Finding Childcare in Maryland

Webinar Recording

If you were unable to attend this live webinar, please watch this video recording.


Please join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 3pm for a free 1-hour webinar.

Finding Childcare in Maryland is a free webinar sponsored by UMMC EAP.

Speaker: FloJean Speck

Director of the LOCATE: Childcare program at the Maryland Family Network

FloJean Speck is a graduate of Goucher College with a certificate in the Management of Change from Johns Hopkins University, Carey School of Business. She is a passionate advocate for young children, parents, and childcare providers.

1 Hour Webinar

The first 30 minutes will be a presentation by FloJean Speck on the LOCATE: Childcare Program and how to use it.
The next 30 minutes will be a Q&A discussion that will answer questions from the audience (using the chat feature).

Topics

  • How to use the website
  • How to access a Referral Specialist
  • Special Needs Children
  • Financial Assistance
  • and more

Questions?

Email Amy Johnson at: amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu

Finding Childcare in Maryland

Download the flyer (PDF)

For a list of seminars that we provide, please visit the Supervisors page.

Webinar: Parents Working and Caring for Children During the Pandemic

Wellness Messaging of the Week

EAP Special Session: Parents Working and Caring for Children During the Pandemic

This presentation is geared towards couples/single parent developing coping skills to manage their emotional stress. This will be an opportunity to share what other parents are doing to survive, and to realize other parents understand the struggle.

Wednesday, September 16th
3pm (EST) 1 hour Session

For a list of seminars that we provide, please visit the Supervisors page.

Webinar: Work/Life Balance

Wellness Messaging of the Week

EAP Special Session: Work/Life Balance

This session will help you develop a greater state of equilibrium between your work and your life, and help you identify barriers that are keeping you from having the work/life balance you desire.
 
Wednesday, September 9th
3pm (EST) 1 hour Session

For a list of seminars that we provide, please visit the Supervisors page.

Webinar: Self-Care

Wellness Messaging of the Week

EAP Special Session: Self-Care

Using a self-care inventory, participants will evaluate their current self-care practices and other practices to improve their overall well being.

Wednesday, August 26th
3pm (EST) 1 hour Session

Registration has ended.

COVID-19 Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program, in conjunction with UMMC, continues to monitor the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 while following CDC protocol and guidelines.

We are committed to supporting the behavioral health needs of the campus community and remain open and accessible. We can be reached on our main line at 667-214-1555. Staff is available for in-person, phone and telehealth options.

Email Amy Johnson (amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu) directly for appointments, questions or additional concerns.

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

Stress management and active self-care are vital during this time of uncertainty. Use the following in response to crisis and to cope with a disaster:

Take care of your body
Eat healthy, balanced meals; exercise regularly and get sleep

Connect with others
Utilize and maintain relationships and support systems

Take breaks
Make time to unwind; practice deep breathing and stretching

Stay informed
Missing or inaccurate information can contribute to heightened anxiety or nervousness; Watch/listen/read updates from trusted officials

Seek help
If distress is negatively impacting your daily life, utilize resources available

Download the PDF for useful links and numbers

Reach Out for COVID-19 Help

The Employee Assistance Program, in conjunction with UMMC, continues to monitor the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 while following CDC protocol and guidelines.

We are committed to supporting the behavioral health needs of the campus community and remain open and accessible to employees and family members. We can be reached on our main line at 667-214-1555. Staff is available for phone and secure telehealth video options.

Email Amy Johnson (amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu) directly for appointments, questions or additional concerns.

Stress Management and Self-Care

Stress management and active self-care are vital during this time of uncertainty. Use the following in response to crisis and to cope with a disaster:

Take care of your body
Eat healthy, balanced meals; exercise regularly and get sleep

Connect with others
Utilize and maintain relationships and support systems

Take breaks
Make time to unwind; practice deep breathing and stretching

Stay informed
Missing or inaccurate information can contribute to heightened anxiety or nervousness; Watch/listen/read updates from trusted officials

Seek help
If distress is negatively impacting your daily life, utilize resources available

Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out for Help

If these ideas seem too difficult to incorporate or you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety or the inability to sleep or function, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. FPI EAP remains available to provide confidential counseling by phone or secure telehealth as a benefit to eligible employees and family members.

Call 667-214-1555 or email Amy Johnson (amjohnso@som.umaryland.edu) to schedule an appointment.

Download the PDF for suggested resources and apps

Tips for Working from Home While Parenting

It is insanely hard to parent full-time, work from home, and deal with mounting expenses in an unpredictable health pandemic. But we are going to give you some ideas for coping.

Split the Work If You Can

If you have a partner, tag team or split the tasks so each of you has specific areas to cover. You’ve maximized the nap times or kids’ favorite shows to squeeze out some time to concentrate. Realize “This too shall pass” and check your thoughts when you feel overwhelmed. You may need to take a break, breathe deeply, or if you have a partner, turn to them.

Set “Open” and “Closed” Hours

For kids who are in elementary school or older, you can set certain hours when you are “CLOSED (working)” and then “OPEN” hours when you are available to them. It may be 11am to 12pm to get important clients contacted and another hour sometime in the afternoon.

This builds responsibility, as long as clocks are easy to find, and the dog hasn’t gotten out and run in the street, and the kids know to interrupt for emergencies.

Use a Visual Timer for Independent Play

Set up a play center in your house where toys are easily accessible and is a safe environment. Let your child know that you expect them to play independently.

To help them at a young age like 3 years old, having a visual timer that ticks down the minutes helps a child gauge their expected playtime. And you may want to suspend cleanup during the pandemic if you can maneuver around toys, just to ease stress, unless of course stepping on toys creates panic.

Time Block the Day

Start your day gauging the most important things you want to accomplish. Then plan times when work is possible, taking breaks often to interact with your kids. Whether it is snack time, some school project, a walk outside, or a fun activity, this helps to give your child that sense of closeness, while it helps you to change focus.

And whether you only accomplish half of what you hoped to do, begin to realize that the time you share with your child is precious. You might not have had this opportunity before, so when it feels like all hell is breaking loose, step back and refocus your energy. That will help your best self handle the situation. It takes some patience, and you can do it.

Accept that Screen Time Will Happen

We all know how much screen time we this is ok. But hey, we’re in a pandemic. Your kids are going to get bored and they may play video games more than you like or watch what seems like endless TV.

This is temporary, and let them know you are easing the restrictions. Maybe even take a break from work to sit and watch something with them. We’ll all get through this better when we give ourselves a break.

EAP Can Help

Confidential counseling by phone or secure telehealth. This free referral service is available to all employees and their family members. It is provided by FPI to make access to counseling services as easy as possible by trained mental health professionals.

Download the PDF for useful links and numbers

*Advice from THE STORY EXCHANGE, Inspiration and Information for Women Entrepreneurs