Oct. 30, 2009

Fall workshops address adoption, telecommuting and more

A classic way to cope with uncertainty and change is to focus on areas of your life that you can control or influence, advises Michelle Artibee, associate director of Work/Life Programs in the Office of Workforce Inclusion and Diversity (WDI).

"WDI offers a number of free workshops to assist faculty, staff and retirees with aspects of their lives that they can influence," she said, noting that in addition to presentations from experts from across campus, several community experts will present workshops on such topics as international adoption, money and relationships and financial and legal issues for the elderly and their caregivers.

Upcoming workshops are:

Nov. 3: The International Adoption Process . Noon-1 p.m., 340 Duffield Hall. Presented by Sharon Foster Aaron, supervisor of adoption services, Family and Children's Society, Binghamton, N.Y.

Nov. 4: Tips for Telecommuters: Setting up an Effective Workspace (webinar). 1-1:40 p.m. Presented by Todd Baker, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program, Cornell.

Nov. 10: Understanding the Services of the Family Resource Network. Noon-1 p.m., B12 Day Hall. Presented by the Network for Parents of Children with Special Needs.

Nov. 12: Defusing Conflict and Controlling Anger in the Workplace. 3-3:45 p.m., 163 Day Hall.

Nov. 16: The Power of Words: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Self-Talk. 3-3:45 p.m., 163 Day Hall.

Nov. 17: Adopting a New Pet: Strategies for Ensuring a Good Fit. Noon-1 p.m., Hagan Room, Schurman Hall. Presented by Kelley Bollen, director of behavior programs for Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.

Nov. 17: Money and Relationships. 9-10 a.m., 163 Day Hall. Presented by Central New York Credit Counseling Service, the program will help you understand your relationship to money to help you gain control over your spending behavior.

Nov. 19: Financial and Legal Concerns for Elders. Noon-1 p.m., 354 Duffield Hall. Presented by the Caregiver Support and Education Network and local attorney Joy Blumkin, the program will address such concerns as long-term care, advance directives, guardianships and trusts.

Nov. 20: The Next Phase of Your Career: Job Search Strategies and Tools for the Recently Retired. 2:30-4:30 p.m., 20 Thornwood Drive, Suite 101; to register, call 255-3976.

Dec. 3: Depression in the Workplace. 3-3:45 p.m., 163 Day Hall.

Dec. 14: Surviving the Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (webinar). 3-3:45 p.m.

Dec. 21: Paying Attention: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness (webinar). 3-3:45 p.m.

More information: http://www.ohr.cornell.edu/workLife/balancing/workshops.html, or contact the Office of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at wellbeing@cornell.edu or 607-255-3976.