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July 20 Webinar: Taming Anxiety and the Return to “Normal”

Taming Anxiety and the Return to “Normal” Join us for a free webinar sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry UMMC EAP Programs. Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm For over a year we have not known ‘what comes next’. Carefully, we can move back to our pre-pandemic lives, but we are […]

May 18 Webinar: Living in Today

Video Recording A video recording of this webinar is available for you to watch. Living in Today Cherish Yesterday. Dream Tomorrow. Live Today. Join us for a free webinar sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry UMMC EAP Programs. Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm This webinar will provide tools needed to: […]

Jan 19 Webinar: Managing Compassion Fatigue During COVID-19

Join us for a free webinar sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry UMMC EAP Programs. Managing Compassion Fatigue through Self-Care Strategies during COVID-19 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm Professionals in the healthcare and education fields are at a greater risk for developing burnout and Compassion Fatigue due to excessive practice […]

Dec 16 Webinar Español: 10 maneras inteligentes de ahorrar

This is a free webinar hosted by KOFE. Mié., 16 de Dic. de 2020 13:00 – 14:00 EST 10 maneras inteligentes de ahorrar sin mucho esfuerzo Ahorrar dinero no tiene por qué ser difícil. De hecho, puede programarse en piloto automático. Ahorrar dinero no tiene por qué ser difícil. De hecho, puede programarse en piloto […]

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Non-profit Helps with Filing Tax Returns

CASH is a non-profit association that helps low income tax filers with their tax returns.  CASH stands for “Creating Assets, Savings and Hope.”  It was founded in 2001 to help file tax returns and to offer financial advice.  Volunteers are located at community centers and churches around Baltimore.  Please go to www.bmorefreetaxes.org for more information.

Anger Management Class-January 13, 2015

The EAP will be hosting an Anger Management class  beginning next week. 

It will be taught in a class-like format so you can learn how your background and family experiences taught you about anger.  The class will give you ideas of different ways to control and express your anger.

The class will be small, no more than 10 people, and will be non-judgmental.  We are all here to learn.  The class will be held at noon on Tuesdays. 

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from anger management, call the EAP now to reserve your spot in the class – 667.214-1561 (Counselor, Sue Walker)

Or email sue at swalker@psych.umaryland.edu

Do You Want a Promotion?

A study in Canada revealed that employees who used their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) were 73% MORE likely to get a promotion than those who did not use the EAP. The study included 6500 women and over 8300 men. One of the theories as to why this helps employees get promoted is that individuals are able to increase their coping skills so they can better handle the job and life in general. Every little bit helps! Contact us today for new coping skills. 410.328.5860

Grief Support Group, February 2014

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has held a few different Grief Support Groups in the past. All have been very well received.  So, we are planning on starting another one.  It will begin on February 10, 2014 and last through April 14, 2014. Group will meet weekly, during lunchtime, noon-1:00p.m. in the EAP suite.  Space is limited, so call or mail us to register for the group as soon as you can.  Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Wanda Binns, EAP Manager, will be facilitating the group.  You can reach her at 410.328.5860, or email at wbinns@psych.umaryland.edu.

Grief Support Group, Jan 13, 2014

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has held a few different Grief Support Groups in the past. All have been very well received.  So, we are planning on starting another one.  It will begin on January 13, 2014 and last through March 24, 2014. (Group will not meet on January 20, 2014 due to the MLK holiday.) There will be weekly meetings, during lunchtime, noon-1:00p.m. in the EAP suite.  Space is limited, so call or mail us to register for the group as soon as you can.  Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Wanda Binns, EAP Manager, will be facilitating the group.  You can reach her at 410.328.5860, or email at wbinns@psych.umaryland.edu.

Grief Support Group

Support Group Forming

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has held a few different Grief Support Groups in the past. All have been very well received.  So, we are planning on starting another one.  It will begin on January 13, 2014 and last through March 24, 2014. (Group will not meet on January 20, 2014 due to the MLK holiday.) There will be weekly meetings, during lunchtime, noon-1:00p.m. in the EAP suite.  Space is limited, so call or mail us to register for the group as soon as you can.  Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Wanda Binns, EAP Manager, will be facilitating the group.  You can reach her at 410.328.5860, or email at wbinns@psych.umaryland.edu.

Road Rage

Do you or someone you love suffer from Road Rage? It can hurt you. If one person becomes more aggressive in his/her driving, it leads to others doing the same. Behind the wheel, before you are even aware of it, you can exhibit physical effects such as your hands gripping the wheel, blood pressure rising, heart rate increasing, neck and jaw muscles getting tense, etc. There are some things you can do. First, recognize what is happening to you. Set up your smart phone before you begin your trip to record you while you are driving. Play it back later and listen to yourself. You may be surprised as to how you sound. While you are driving, do some things to lighten your mood. Sing silly songs, make excuses for the driver (even if they are not true), such as “Oh, he must be trying to get to a job interview, after being out of work for 2 years. He can go ahead.” Try and remember that your perspective is what influences your feelings. Look at things differently and they may improve.

For further discussion about this, contact the EAP for individual sessions to help you cope with your anger or road rage. Call 8-5860

Having Trouble Relaxing?

This might be the right tool for you!

One of our senior counselors, Cheryl Confer, recently attended a workshop on Coherent Breathing. This is a simple breathing practice that is designed to reduce stress and anxiety and create a relaxed state of mind and body.  It is based on a scientific principle of regulating the body’s autonomic nervous system responsible for our feelings of calm and relaxation.  If you are interested in learning about this practice, you are invited to schedule an appointment with Cheryl at the EAP.

Boston Marathon Tragedy

In the days to come, images and stories about the explosions at the Boston Marathon will dominate the media.
Althought trauma affects people differently, you may experience some common reactions. These signs and symptoms may begin immediately or you may feel fine for days or even weeks, then suddenly be hit with a reaction. Although you may feel abnormal, it is very normal for people to experience emotional ‘aftershocks” following a traumatic event. Some common responses are:
Physical Reactions:
Insomnia
Fatigue, hyperactivity or “nervous energy”
Pain in the neck or back
Dizzy spells
Appetite changes
Headaches
Heart palpitations or pains in the chest
Emotional Reactions:
Flashbacks or “reliving” the event
Excessive jumpiness or tendency
Anger
Irritability
Feeling vulnerable
Feelings of anxiety or helplessness
Behavioral Reactions:
Changes in normal activities
Change in speech
Substance abuse
Change in communication
Emotional outbursts
Inability to rest
Tips for Coping After a Traumatic Event:
As you are experiencing various emotions resulting from a traumatic event, below are suggestions that may help:
Physical exercise along with relaxation may help relieve the physical stress.
Talk to people; talking can be healing.
Spend time with others. Resist the tendency to isolate.
Give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feelings with others.
Keep a journal; write your way through sleepless times.
Get plenty of rest and eat regular meals, even if you don’t feel like it.
Seek medical assistance if your physical symptoms concern you.
Follow a familiar routine.
Take one thing at a time.
If you or a loved one is feeling traumatized or vulnerable, remember that the EAP is available to help. To talk with a counselor you can contact the EAP at 410-328-5860.

O’s-pening Day!

Orioles Win Opening Day!

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) would like to congratulate the Baltimore Orioles on their Home Opener win.   We wish you many more!