Family Workshops

Every month, Human Resources brings in local experts to present a variety of family-friendly workshops topics for parents and individuals caring for family members. Workshops are open to all family types, but each topic focuses on a specific group.

Family workshops are open to faculty, staff, students and spouses/same-sex domestic partners. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat during the presentation. Time for asking questions and networking with others is offered as part of the workshop. Registration is required for each workshop and is available up to the day prior to the workshop. Online registration is available for all workshops.

Human Resources is pleased to make these presentations available in WebEx, as well, as a response to feedback. The addition of WebEx will make these workshops available to anyone in the Purdue system. WebEx links are provided in the description for each workshop.  

Coping With Grief
September 22 (Th). Noon-1 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 2077

Grief can leave us feeling hopeless, pessimistic and alone. Some lifestyle strategies to help may include staying connected with family and friends, engaging in healthy behaviors such as exercise, avoiding alcohol and getting adequate sleep. This session will help to recognize the symptoms of grief and how to know when to seek help. This workshop will be presented by Nancy Cook from the Center for Healthy Living. WebEx is available for this workshop; if you're prompted for a password when joining the meeting, enter "familyfriendly".

Living and Aging Well
October 4 (T). Noon-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 311

Robert Browning once said, "Grow old with me. The best is yet to be." With a positive outlook and taking steps to protect one's overall health, getting older doesn't have to mean more aches and pains. Come learn steps to improve your aging wellness, including information on nutrition for longevity, physical activity, preventive screenings, safety practices and more. This workshop will be presented by Debra-Crume Nagel from the Center for Healthy Living. WebEx is available for this workshop; if you're prompted for a password when joining the meeting, enter "familyfriendly".

ADHD 101
October 28 (F). Noon-1 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 2079

The ADHD 101 workshop will address information on recognizing, understanding and living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A lasting disorder based in the brain, ADHD affects many areas of life including school, work, social relations and emotional abilities. It can include characters such as lack of focus, distractibility, disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, hyperactivity, impulsivity and irritability. This workshop will help people consider when such problems are beyond what is expected for a child's (or adult's) age and are creating problems worth addressing. The presenters will provide information on evaluating and intervening for children or adults who may have ADHD. The workshop will address evidence-based treatments, including focusing on positive reinforcement and structure, which are known to support healthy development and management of problems related to ADHD. This workshop will be useful for individuals who are wondering if they or their child may have ADHD as well as those who have children who have been diagnosed with ADHD (or who have been diagnosed themselves). Workshop leaders are Elizabeth Akey, PhD, and Emily Sherman, MS, of the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics, a service of the Department of Psychological Sciences. WebEx is available for this workshop; if you're prompted for a password when joining the meeting, enter "familyfriendly".

Hospice 101
November 4 (F). Noon-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 204

This workshop will provide an introduction to what hospice care is and an overview of those for whom it is appropriate. Additionally, the presenter will educate participants on what hospice specifically involves for patients and their families, as well as who is financially responsible for it. Alec Williams from ViaQuest, Inc. will present this session. WebEx is available for this workshop; if you're prompted for a password when joining the meeting, enter "familyfriendly".

Preserving Your Savings for Future Generations
November 14 (M). Noon-1 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 311

If you are a parent who worries about how your assets can help your children or grandchildren, you are not alone. This workshop, presented by Fidelity, will help you learn how to establish an estate plan and identify strategies to help preserve the assets you have accumulated to provide for those most important to you. There will also be a discussion on the important of beneficiary designations and making sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

Stress/WorkLife Balance
December 6 (T). Noon-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 311

Does your life feel out of balance? Are you being pulled in too many directions and the stress is starting to build? Come learn to recognize the sources of stress, how our bodies and minds react to stress and strategies for balancing work and home life demands. This session will be presented by Cheryl Laszynski, health coach at the Center for Healthy Living. WebEx is available for this workshop; if you're prompted for a password when joining the meeting, enter "familyfriendly".

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding family workshops, please email us at familyfriendly@purdue.edu

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