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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 and working remotely during the campus response to COVID-19

All in-person classes and support groups have been moved to virtual sessions using HIPAA-compliant Zoom. Please contact the instructor to pre-register or to obtain a protected link to the Zoom session.

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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

Neurodivergent Support Groups, facilitated by Christina Lambert, Ph.D.
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:  12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1
  • Support Group for Neurodivergent Faculty:  10 - 11 a.m., Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1
  • Support Group for Neurodivergent Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars:  11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1
    • These Thursday group meetings provide a caring space for neurodivergent staff, faculty, and postdoctoral and visiting scholars to support each other in strengthening professional effectiveness, emotional well-being, mindful living and interpersonal dynamics.
    • Email Christina Lambert for more information.
  • Tritons Flourish Group, hosted by William Youngblood, MS, LMFT, CEAP 
    • 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.

Parent and Caregiver Support Groups

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

More Resources

For more information on the above, contact FSAP.