July Lunch and Learn Bulletin

Each month Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment offer a number of one hour sessions devoted to the dimensions of health and wellbeing. This month we focus on looking after you and your mental health with sessions on self compassion, creating healthy boundaries, and managing the transition back to campus.

All sessions will run from 12–1 p.m. unless noted otherwise and will be delivered online. Register through the LearnCentre by clicking register and then using the “enroll” button on the top right. New to LearnCentre? Access LearnCentre and scroll down to view this event under available sessions.

Managing the Transition Back to Campus 

Rensia Melles, EFAP 
Tuesday, July 13

Anxiety is an adaptive response to real or perceived danger. For some, the planned return to campus this fall has led to increased anxiety and concerns. While some anxiety is normal, too much anxiety can be harmful to one’s mental health and well-being. This 1-hour webinar will explore strategies for navigating our return to campus with greater ease while providing tips and tools to increase your psychological well-being during the transition as well as  supporting colleagues who may be struggling. 


Assertiveness: Negotiating Respectful Interpersonal Boundaries

Lorie Laroche, EFAP
Thursday, July 15

At work and at home, in person and virtually, individuals are regularly negotiating their own needs with those of others. Choices need to be made between competing priorities. When boundaries are set, while consulting with key stakeholders before making decisions, cooperative relationships are created. This session will outline how to consciously set time, task, and role boundaries in order to create successful relationships.


The Compassion Prescription: How Compassion Can Improve Your Wellbeing

Jessica Van Vliet, Department of Educational Psychology
Wednesday, July 21

Compassion is part of a “flow” that includes compassion toward others, compassion from others, and compassion toward oneself (self-compassion). This session will discuss the evidence-based benefits of compassion on mental health and well-being. Along with exploring the science of compassion, we will focus on practical strategies that may be helpful in harnessing the power of compassion in your everyday life. You will also receive a list of resources for furthering your learning and practice.


Returning to campus: Tools for leaders to navigate the transition

Ryan van't Kruis, EFAP 
Thursday, July 29

With the return to campus approaching, leaders may have concerns about the transition and how to manage accompanying worries - both their own and their employees'. While anxiety is a normal and expected reaction to the pandemic and all of the changes that have accompanied it, too much anxiety can take a toll on one’s mental and physical well-being. This 1-hour webinar for managers and supervisors will explore the role of leaders during the transition back to campus. This includes appropriate leadership actions during the transition by providing tips and tools to increase your self awareness and psychological well-being.

For information about the Lunch & Learn program, contact our office at workplace.wellbeing@ualberta.ca