Education. I believe psychology should be accessible to all. I am passionate about education and enjoy leading workshops and seminars on a range of topics, in both large and small-group formats. Workshops are dynamic and involve active participation and discussion of the material. Seminars are informative, utilizing a more traditional lecture-style format.
Group education can be an effective (even fun!) way to reach many people at once, and provide brief, targeted information to increase performance, workplace satisfaction, and overall wellbeing. Workshops and seminars can easily be tailored to meet your needs, and are appropriate for schools, community centers, hospitals, and the workplace.
Although I enjoy teaching on a myriad of topics, these are a few projects that I currently have in development:
Mindfulness Power Hour: a 60 minute workshop, ideal for the lunch hour, in which participants learn about the benefits of mindfulness, participate in demonstration exercises, and leave with a packet for future reference. Mindfulness exercises have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as boost performance and focus.
Mini Mindfulness Workshop for Kids: mindfulness exercises are great for children, helping them to develop and practice necessary skills for tolerating stress, managing difficult emotions, and enhancing self-control. This brief (typically 30 min) workshop teaches fun, age appropriate skills to kids ages 5 and up.
Self-Care for Medical Personnel: ideal for medical staff, including nurses, physicians, medical students, and technicians, this workshop helps participants identify the mental, emotional, and physical effects of stress in their lives, and provides education on the importance of engaging in regular self-care to prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, and workplace dissatisfaction. Participants are offered guidance in developing a self-care plan, with group discussion of factors that interfere with setting time aside for rest and rejuvenation.
Diversity in the Workplace: depending on your work setting, chances are you interact with a wide array of individuals. I imagine you and your colleagues aim to provide sensitive, appropriate customer service that keeps folks returning to your business or practice time and again. This series of seminar topics, of which you may pick and choose, aims to provide general information about diversity factors (e.g. race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion), followed by open discussion of shared similarities and differences among participants and those with whom they interact.
Communication 101: in this workshop, participants are directed to identify their unique communication style through a mini quiz, and are then provided information about the particular strengths and challenges associated with their style. A variety of strategies to enhance communication, both with similarly and dissimilarly "styled" individuals, are taught and practiced through role play exercises and multimedia videos. This is a great choice for dynamic workplace environments in which active collaboration is the name of the game.
If you are interested in any of the above topics, or would like to discuss developing a unique workshop or seminar for your setting, give me a call! Together we can identify and develop a program that is a perfect fit for your needs.