Register for a Wellness Session from Homewood Health on Reducing Anxiety and Managing Remote Work
The University's Healthy Workplace Committee is pleased to announce that the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Homewood Health, will be presenting their wellness session, Reducing Anxiety and Managing the Transition to Remote Work during the COVID-19 crisis, for the University five times over the Fall 2020 term through Microsoft Teams.
Each one-hour session will be facilitated by a Homewood Health representative and will be broken down into two sections:
Part I – Reducing Anxiety: Anxiety is an adaptive response to real or perceived danger. For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic makes for a very uncertain future. While anxiety is a normal and expected reaction to the pandemic, too much anxiety can start to cause harm and take a toll on one’s mental health and well-being. This portion of the session will explore practical strategies and resources you can start using today to help mitigate stress and anxiety.
Part II - Managing the Transition to Remote Work – COVID-19: The immense speed at which things are evolving with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. For many employees, this has resulted in an abrupt shift in their work environment from an office setting to that of working from home. Whether you are a seasoned remote worker or new to this arrangement, the transition and associated uncertainty can feel overwhelming. This portion of the session will explore strategies for navigating the transition with greater ease while providing tips and tools to increase your wellbeing and productivity in this new work setting.
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Register for your preferred session date below:
Up to 50 employees can register for each online session.
|REGISTER: Wednesday, September 23||1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.||Ryan van't Kruis|
|REGISTER: Wednesday, October 14||11:00 a.m. to noon||Ronaye Coulson|
|REGISTER: Thursday, October 15||1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.||Ronaye Coulson|
|REGISTER: Tuesday, November 3||11:00 a.m. to noon||Hamed Dar|
|REGISTER: Thursday, November 5||1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.||Hamed Dar|
Get to know the workshop facilitators!
Ronaye holds a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology, in addition to a BSc in both Psychology and Biological Sciences, from the University of Calgary. During this time, Ronaye conducted research in the field of resilience for over six years, and continues to share this knowledge and philosophy through webinar and workshop facilitation, public speaking, and in working as a therapist for over 15 years. Her passion is people, and how connection, meaning, and working with our innate capacities helps us grow and thrive with more joy and ease in our lives.
Hamed Dar, B.A., PMP
Hamed Dar has worked in the mental health and social service industry for nearly a decade. He started by working on the front-lines in mental health, disability, and integration programs for the City of Calgary and Government of Alberta and eventually earned his PMP designation to move into program development work. He continued to build programs with various non-profits across Canada, such as ONTrack, a wellness program for individuals with mental health challenges, and Bad Dog theatre as their Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator. When running workshops, Hamed uses convergent wisdom from varying sources, such as drawing on his dual degrees in Cognitive Science and Drama and unique knowledge from his minor in Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health. His approach is interactive, warm and he endeavors to make each workshop fun, even if he's the only one laughing at his own jokes. While not running workshops and talk-backs on various wellness topics, Hamed can be seen on stage or the screen pursuing his passion in the creative arts.
Ryan van't Kruis, M.A., RCC
Ryan was a Regional Clinical Manager and worked with Alberta Health Services as a Care Manager in Addiction and Mental Health. Ryan has obtained his Masters of Counselling from Gonzaga University and has worked in a clinical setting for over 21 years. He has worked as a counsellor, instructor, supervisor and manager within a variety of industries including Employee Assistance Program and Health Care. Currently, Ryan works as a Facilitator and Critical Incident Response providing trauma care. As a facilitator, Ryan has been helping organizations who have employees who are transgendered. He has provided consultation, coaching and education to companies who are dealing with these issues. Ryan has worked for over 10 years within the LGBTQ community providing counselling, education, and support. He has worked in a variety of capacities with the Transgender community over this time.