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FSAP Classes, Workshops and Groups

Find tools and programs offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) on a variety of topics.

FSAP is open for business with counselors working remotely.

All classes and support group sessions are being offered remotely using HIPAA-compliant Zoom. Please contact the instructor to obtain a protected Zoom link or register online using your Single Sign-On to join us for a virtual session.

Assessment Tools

Acceptable Use Community Guidelines in Support of Trust and Safety

FSAP supports the free and open exchange of thoughts and ideas. We are proud to facilitate meaningful conversations and professional collaborations through the use of Zoom.  Please review our guide (PDF) for the standards of behavior we encourage of all our users.

Classes and Workshops 

  • Supporting the Hidden Worker: Supervising Diverse Employees — This presentation and interactive workshop will explore some of the main workplace stressors affecting diverse-identified employees, with primary consideration of the pervasive obstacles associated with minority stress.  We will explore opportunities that leaders have to provide culturally responsive support for diverse-identified employees, including effective supervisory engagement that fosters psychological safety and models a learning culture of work.  Email Bryan McNutt for more information.
  • Hard Times, Soft Tactics: Mind-Body Skills for Busy Professionals — A sampler of simple, research-based approaches to help prevent stress-related illness, burn out and fatigue while empowering you to higher creativity and a more meaningful connection with your core values and relationships. Email Crystal Green for more information.
  • Resiliency Toolbox — Learn how to increase your mental stamina and emotional flexibility. Develop your own standards for your capacity to bounce back from difficult and discouraging life events. Create a set of guiding principles you can live by. Email William Youngblood for more information.
  • Navigating Uncertainty and Managing Stress — Learn practical and effective research-backed, brain-based techniques for managing the general challenges that arise during times of uncertainty and change. Email Izabel Caetano Francy for more information.
  • The Supervisor's Toolkit in Dealing with the Troubled Employee — Learn your role in identifying and referring a troubled or problem employee. This workshop is intended for supervisors or managers. Email William Youngblood for more information.
  • Workplace Bullying, Fear, and Building Trust — An overview of workplace bullying solutions. Through a frank discussion of the equation that allows for bullying to arise, we can begin to see opportunities for change. Learn behaviors that are within our control, strategies for those who feel they have been bullied, tips for managers to create and maintain a safe workplace environment, as well as insights for those who may have been called a bully or have been accused of bullying. Email Izabel Caetano Francy for more information.
  • Providing Pivotal Workplace Feedback — Haven’t we all wished we could say what we mean and mean what we say when asked to give feedback in the workplace? Too often we may find we are lacking for the right words to offer constructive and meaningful feedback for our coworkers, supervisors and teams. Whether we are asked for our opinion, simply need to give clearer direction to those we supervise or want to help shape the future of a project, this workshop will help participants learn an effective model for communication under high stakes circumstances. Email Christina Lambert for more information.
  • Perfectly Imperfect Motherhood: Pregnancy & Beyond — An introduction to the emotional life of pregnant moms, a review of the challenges of new motherhood and the struggle to balance well-being. Participants will be introduced to research-backed, brain-based approaches to address stress and manage realistic parenting expectations during a life transition of massive change. Helpful handouts and resources will be provided for new moms and partners to share with their healthcare providers and family members. Email Izabel Caetano Francy for more information.
  • Conscious Parenting — Explore practical tips on how to become a more conscious and conscientious parent to a child of any age. Based on current brain science, psychological development and attachment research, every parent can design their own path towards a more conscious and connected parenting practice. Come join a growing cadre of parents who are putting science to work in order to develop healthier and more fulfilling familial relationships. Email Izabel Caetano Francy for more information.

Contact FSAP for information about these classes.

Support Groups

  • Tritons Flourish Group, hosted by William Youngblood, M.S., LMFT, CEAP, CATP 
    • Third Friday of the month from 12 - 1 p.m.
    • This monthly program is open to any UC San Diego campus employee interested in connecting with others who are committed to flourishing in their personal and professional lives.
    • Email William Youngblood for more information.
  • Mindful Pause (Mindfulness Meditation Group), facilitated by Bryan McNutt, Ph.D., LMFT, CEAP 
    • Third Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • This monthly group meeting focuses on using practical approaches for applying mindfulness-based skills in our daily lives, including our working life. As an experiential group, sessions will include basic guided meditation exercises that can be utilized to help nurture more emotional calm, focus, and presence in your daily life.
    • Email Bryan McNutt for more information.
  • BIPOC Support Group, facilitated by Cat Thompson, Ph.D. and Jennifer Triana, LCSW
    • Third Tuesday of the month from 12 - 1 p.m.
    • This monthly group meeting will provide a supportive online conversational space created for any UC San Diego campus employee identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). This space is held with the intention of connecting around our identities and exploring our shared common experiences.
    • Email Cat Thompson and/or Jennifer Triana for more information.

Neurodivergent Support Groups and Consultation Hour

Neurodivergent Support Groups
These support groups are for UC San Diego campus employees who have been diagnosed with and/or experience challenges associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Learning Disabilities (LDs).
  • Support Group for Neurodivergent Staff, facilitated by Christina Lambert, Ph.D.
  • Support Group for Neurodivergent Postdoctoral Scholars, facilitated by Christina Lambert, Ph.D.  
  • Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Neurodivergent Kids, facilitated by Christina Lambert, Ph.D.
These Tuesday and Thursday group meetings provide a caring space for campus neurodivergent staff, postdoctoral scholars, and employees who are parents & caregivers of neurodivergent kids to support each other in strengthening professional effectiveness, emotional well-being, mindful living and interpersonal dynamics.

Working with Neurodivergence:  Consultation Hour for Faculty

This consultation hour is for UC San Diego campus faculty seeking strategies and resources to work effectively with neurodivergence in themselves and/or others, whether diagnosed with or having tendencies associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Learning Disabilities (LDs).

  • Working with Neurodivergence:  Consultation Hour for Faculty, facilitated by Christina Lambert, Ph.D.
    • Thursdays from 11 a.m. - Noon
    • These Thursday consultation hours provide a caring space where diversity/neurodiversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility are valued, faculty can share experiences and explore ways to strengthen professional effectiveness, goal achievement, interpersonal dynamics and allyship & advocacy.
    • Email Christina Lambert for more information.

Parent and Caregiver Support Groups

  • Remote Working Moms of 0-5 Year Olds Support Group, facilitated by Izabel Caetano Francy, LCSW, PMH-C, CEAP  

More Resources

For more information on the support groups above, refer to Managing Stress and Uncertainty.