The following topics are available for presentation to our EAP client companies. Each presentation can be modified to fit within a time-frame that can accommodate employee/management time away from their work-site.
Drugs in the Workplace: It Can be Costly - Drugs in the workplace are a costly problem for employers. Anything that can go wrong probably will go wrong when a drug dependent employee is on duty. This presentation focuses on four core areas: (1) impact on company production; (2) behavioral signs suggesting an employee may be impaired; (3) confronting the employee; and, (4) getting help.
Being an Effective Supervisor: Remembering Who Packs Your Parachute? - Being a supervisor is not easy and requires leadership qualities among which include being a coach and a teacher. This requires the ability to be able to ensure that production targets are met and the quality of the product is maintained. It is not easy to continuously balance the demands of being an effective leader and a mover. Who packs our parachute represents a metaphor in which we need to always be cognizant of the jobs our employees do for us everyday. An occasional “thanks” from a supervisor can go a long way in boosting morale and energizing employees.
Performance Appraisals: A Time to Reflect and Grow - The annual performance appraisal can be a time of anxiety for the employee and can be a challenge for the supervisor particularly if the appraisal will need to touch on performance issues. The objective of this presentation is to reinforce for supervisors that the process of preparing for and carrying out performance appraisals is with the intent of helping the employee maintain continuous growth. The focus should be to identify areas needing development; recognition of areas of strengths; and, to provide the opportunity to improve skills.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Moving Past Trauma - PTSD represents a cluster of symptoms caused by exposure to a traumatic event. This presentation begins with identifying various types of traumatic events that can result in symptoms of PTSD. Moving past the trauma is essential in order to once again feel a sense of control and peace of mind.
Stress: Why Do I Feel Like a Piñata? - We all experience stress and react differently depending on the nature, intensity and duration of the triggering event. Causes are rooted by life events that include finances, job, child rearing, interpersonal relationships, family and a host of other situational pressures we all face in our hectic, fast-paced lives. Our focus is to look at ways we can more effectively tolerate and resolve our reaction to stressful situations and understand how sometimes we can be our own worst enemy.
Help, My Kid are Driving Me Crazy! - Child rearing can take its toll on parents which does not seem to get much better as our kids move into their teens. In fact, a survey of two career couples revealed three major sources of stress, one of which is rearing children. This presentation recognizes child rearing is not easy and can be very stressful. As parents, we need to not only enjoy our children, but also, we need to take care of ourselves.
Resolving Grief - Adjusting to the loss of a family member, even a close friend, will frequently create a sense of sadness and feelings of emptiness. While everyone grieves in their own way, one fact remains true; you cannot walk around the perimeter of loss. This presentation focuses on identifying strategies to work through the grief process.
Anger: How to Manage It - If not handled well, anger can be destructive. At home, it can lead to abuse and neglect: at work, it can lead to loss of a job; while driving, it can turn into road-rage. Yet, anger is a normal human emotion; so, the feeling itself is not bad – it depends on what we do with it and how we express it. This presentation looks at anger; the good, the bad, the ugly and ways to effectively express this human emotion.
Debt Stress: Survival in a Down Economy - Companies are going out of business; employees are being laid off; cash flow is marginal for many of us; and, debt is adding to our already stressful lives. Mulberry Center has partnered with Old National Bank to provide employer work-site presentations focused on some smart tips to spend less and save more in addition to assisting individual patients and employees in developing strategies to more effectively address financial issues.
Suicide: Often a Quick Response to an External Stressor(s) - Suicide represents for many victims the culmination of feeling backed into a corner with no other way out. The psychodynamics of suicide are very complicated and clinicians are still (and always will be) trying to make some sense of what is a tragedy for not only the victim but for the families and friends. This presentation takes a look at what some call the “signs and symptoms” and how we might be able to prevent a tragedy like this from happening.
Depression: Why Do I Feel Blue? - We all experience occasions of feeling blue but if continuous, clinical depression may be the root cause. This is an illness that often goes untreated, but, with a combination of psychotherapy and appropriate medication, the outcome is very positive. Untreated, depression can impact an employee’s job performance including work attendance. Treating depression certainly makes good medical sense; however, for companies, treating depression makes good business sense.
The Holidays Are Coming: Too Much to Do and Not Enough Time - This presentation is appropriate when the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season is about to begin. Trying to stay organized can be a challenge since the Thanksgiving/Christmas activities occur on top of our already hectic daily routine. The focus of this topic reinforces the need for all of us to (1) stay calm; (2) pace ourselves; (3) rationally figuring out what additional activities can be accommodated; and (4) go with the flow.
EAP: Mental Health Matters Too - Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) were uncommon 25 years ago, but, today many companies have this benefit available to provide professional counseling services to employees with personal and family problems. This presentation has two objectives: (1) to illustrate the value of an EAP benefit plan; and, (2) to serve as a reminder for employees of our current EAP companies of the availability of our services and what their benefit plan offers.
For more information or to schedule a training session, contact Mulberry Center at 812.423.4700.