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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

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.

Grief Support Group- Jan 13, 2014

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.

Tune Up Your Relationship

Let the EAP help you and your partner

Does your relationship need a tune up?”  If you are unsure, ask yourself the following questions;

  1. Do you have the intimacy you’ve always desired?
  2. Is undivided attention something you give and receive daily?
  3. Do you and your significant other date regularly?
  4. Is the communication in your relationship clear, caring, complete and continuous?

Don’t be surprised if you are unable to answer “yes” to all questions.  Though we often have the best of intentions, managing careers, children, family obligations and activities of daily life create challenges to making relationships a priority.

Just like vehicles need regular maintenance to run smoothly, relationships also need routine care to stay vigorous.  The EAP provides short- term, couples’ counseling to assist you in returning your union to a positive path or helping your bond stay strong.  Call the Employee Assistance Program at 410-328-5860 today and schedule an appointment with Sue Walker, Wanda Binns, Maureen McCarren or  Monique Church.  Whether you have been committed twelve months or forty years, every relationship needs a tune up.

Relationship need a little Readjusting?

Would you and your spouse or significant other like to learn a few new tips to improve your relationship?  A couple of the EAP counselors learned some new approaches to help people improve communication and understanding between partners.  They would like to share them with you beginning in October, for 5 sessions. Call the EAP at 8-5860 to sign up or for additional information. Space is limited to 5 couples so sign up soon!

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.

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

Facebook Can Make Users Feel Worse

A University of Michigan study found that time spent on Facebook could decrease a person’s mood. Other studies have found that increased envy can occur while reading other people’s Facebook pages. On the other hand, a study at the University of Wisconsin found that Facebook users could increase their self-esteem. In general, it seems that Facebook use, within which many activities take place, can have different effects on different people. Thus, it is important for users to be aware of their own responses as they use Facebook, monitor their moods and change behavior as needed.

If you think talking with someone would help you, call the EAP at 8-5860 and schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor

Couples’ Workshop Series

For You and Your Partner

The EAP will be holding a Workshop for couples interested in enhancing their relationships.  The small group will meet for five sessions, Oct0ber 22- November 19, 2013 on Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30.  Space is limited.  You can sign up now to reserve your space.  Please call us at 410.328.5860 or by email us at mmccarre@psych.umaryland.edu.

 

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.

Assistance for Care Givers

Regina Curran, who is a Geriatric Care Manager, came to the EAP and presented information to employees about what professionals in her area can do to help families who have an elderly relative or friend for whom they are caring.  She explained that they also help families with young or disabled children who need resources, especially with Mental Health resources.  Sometimes families also need a Home Health Aid. The Care Manger can help a family get connected to one.

All in all, a Care Manger can help you in many arenas. Their website is www.midatlanticgcm.org. On it is stated, “A Geriatric Care Manager specializes in assisting older people and their families with long-term care arrangements. We can help you meet the challenges of long distance care giving, put together a comprehensive plan for present or future needs, provide extra assistance for relocation, or monitor your relative during your vacation.”

A Geriatric Care Manager will meet with the family and do an assessment, which generally takes 2 hours.  Then, they can help the family put resources in place.  However, a Geriatric Care Manager can also just consult with a family and give suggestions or recommendations.  They can help educate families about what programs are available for additional services. They can be helpful to families whose loved one lives in Maryland, but can also help with long distance cases.

An interesting book for Care Givers to read is “The 36-Hour Day.”  One interesting caveat Regina shared is that Care Givers often don’t take care of themselves like they should.  Often, a Care Giver will pass away before the person they are caring for because of neglecting their own health.  So, self-care is important to all. Contact the EAP to find out the myriad of possibilities for people to take care of themselves.  Your loved one will thank you for it!!