Employee Educational Seminars

Diversity in the Workplace
In today’s competitive marketplace many factors can influence the success or failure of an organization. A leading factor for employee satisfaction is diversity in the workplace. This seminar will identify implications for diversity in the workplace and measures for fostering greater understanding, appreciation and respect of differences among individuals which can promote more successful relationships in the workplace.

Harassment in the Workplace
Harassment is a serious issue in the workplace and can have a negative impact on employees and the organizations they work for. This seminar addresses the definition of harassment, explores various forms of harassment that can exist in the workplace today as well as the impact it can have on individuals regardless of the intent. This training explores strategies for responding to harassing situations as well as measures for preventing occurrences in the workplace.

Managing Change and Transition:  Making the Most of Change
Change and transition have become constants in our culture and can be challenging to navigate. This program explores attitudes, skills, and strategies that may be useful in responding to the many demands of change and transition. This training addresses the phases of transition, common reactions to change as well as strategies for successfully adapting to change.

Compassion for the Caregiver:  Practicing Resilience
Caring for others whether it be partners, relatives or friends is a trend that has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, and is projected to impact many more in the years to come.  This training explores the physical and emotional demands of caregiving, and the impact it can have on relationships.  This training also discusses the importance of recognizing symptoms of burn out and specific strategies for prevention and alleviating stress associated with the caregiving role.

Mastering Effective Communication
The purpose of this seminar is to enhance interpersonal communication skills in the workplace. It is designed to develop participant awareness of the elements of effective communication, including styles of communicating, the importance of non-verbal forms of communication, as well as the role that perception, intent, and impact can have in the communication process.  This training also explores barriers to effective communication as well as essential skills for successfully communicating including active and reflective listening, and giving and receiving feedback.

Managing Conflict in the Workplace
Strained workplace relationships can be stressful. This seminar explores styles of conflict and provides a step by step approach for working through conflict. Participants will learn strategies to decrease defensiveness, apply effective questioning and reasoning, and respond in ways that promote clarity and mutual understanding.

Managing Challenging Personalities
Maintaining respectful relationships can be a challenging process, particularly when individuals choose to behave in negative ways.  This training discusses common types of challenging personalities, underlying factors that influence their behaviors, and identifies strategies for adaptively responding to difficult behaviors.

Managing Workplace Stress and Beyond
This training explores common causes for work related stress and strategies for alleviating and managing stress.  This training addresses the importance of identifying both avoidable and unavoidable forms of stress and strategies for alleviating and managing stress to promote greater productivity and wellness throughout the day.  Specific strategies explored are relaxation techniques, time management, nutritional tips and more.

Mindfully Managing Stress
This training is experiential in nature and focuses on teaching applicants relaxation principles and strategies as well as provides the opportunity to apply them during the training.  Participants will be educated on stress and relaxation strategies including meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and progressive relaxation and be afforded the opportunity to practice and process these exercises as part of the training.

Surviving Holiday Stress:  Strategies for Happier Holidays
Holidays can be a time of both joy and displeasure for many.  Family conflicts, financial issues, job insecurity and loss, single parenthood, unresolved grief, and unrealistic expectations are among some of the stressors that can make the holidays challenging. This seminar will identify specific coping skills for responding to various stressors and identify measures for establishing improved wellbeing during the holidays.

Retirement Planning: Choices and Challenges
Preparing for retirement involves emotional, psychological, physical and financial concerns. How does one decide to retire? What are some of the conversations we need to have with spouses and significant others? Participants will learn the necessary areas to address and questions to ask in planning for retirement, in addition to local resources that can assist in this process.

Alcohol and Substance Awareness
This training provides participants with information on alcohol and substances that are frequently misused today, and their impact on work and home. This training discusses recognition of problematic use and measures for addressing.  This training explores alcohol and substance abuse from a physical, emotional, relational and occupational perspective.

Achieving Work/life Balance
Employees these days are experiencing increasing demands on their time and energy. This training  challenges employees to identify and prioritize their values as related to work and home, and examines strategies for balancing the demands of both. Participants will learn strategies to assist them with setting personal limits and establishing and maintaining boundaries that promote wellness, living in accordance with values and priorities, and reducing negative and unnecessary stress.

Beyond Grief and Loss:  Understanding the Journey
Dealing with loss is something that all individuals are likely to be faced with at some point over the course of their lifetime.  Death of a loved one or friend, loss of a relationship, death of a pet, or changes in life circumstances due to a medical situation or financial reasons are among losses that individuals may be exposed to.  This training examines the phases of grief, symptoms that often accompany them, as well as strategies for managing grief symptoms.  This training also discusses how to best respond to those who are grieving.

Developing a Positive Work Place:  Taming Toxic Behaviors
Often in work cultures, individuals can behave in ways that are negative and may be harmful to others and their productivity, whether these behaviors are conscious or unconscious.  This training explores tips for recognizing toxic behaviors in the workplace and ways in which others may be drawn into these behaviors.  This training addresses factors influencing these behaviors and strategies for reducing and eliminating the negative impact they can have.

Managing Anger at Work
Anger and disappointment are normal human emotions. If not regulated properly, Anger can quickly escalate to negative behavior beyond the boundaries of normal workplace conduct. This training examines how to successfully regulate our own anger, as well as strategies for responding to others’ anger in ways that can defuse the intensity of an interaction, and allow for effective and respectful communication.

Time Management for the Professional
In today’s fast paced, multi-tasking culture, time management has become an essential skill. Effective time managers can enjoy 5-8 hours per week of activities of their choice, as well greater wellbeing and more satisfying relationships with others. This training addresses time management strategies, including the test of necessity, organizing and planning, prioritizing, and explores tools for effectively managing time.

Working with a Multi-Generational Workforce
Beyond working with daily issues and challenges that can exist in the workplace, employees are now faced with a new challenge, working with a multi-generations.   This can be the cause of conflicts due to lack of understanding of one another, intolerances to differences,  and other challenges. This training identifies core values and events that were influential in shaping each generation, examines the assets and liabilities for each, and strategies for communicating and effectively working in a multi-generational culture.

Navigating the Adolescent Years with Success
Parenting adolescents in todays culture can be both rewarding and challenging. Youth today are influenced by many external factors including social media, cyber safety concerns, peer pressure and more.  This training explores challenges to parenting youth today, and discusses strategies for meeting these challenges as well as for developing healthy communication patterns.  Specific topics addressed also include parenting style, entitlement, and establishing effective limits and consequences.  This training is aimed at promoting healthy relationships with youth today.

 Coping with Adult Children at Home
This seminar addresses a common issue that many employees face today: adult children living at home. Participants will learn strategies to assist them in maintaining the delicate balance between allowing adult children their independence and setting reasonable expectations for responsibilities and accountability. Additional areas addressed include dealing with adult children who have problems such as addiction, ADD, or other challenges.

Employee Orientation to HelpPeople services (10-15 min.)
This is a brief introduction to HelpPeople’s services, and includes common reasons for using services, an explanation of confidentiality, our locations, and information about HelpPeople’s counseling staff.