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Employee Assistance Program offers COVID-19 webinar series

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a range of challenges and stressors in our personal and professional lives. To offer guidance and best practices to help you navigate the unique situations that you may encounter over the coming weeks, DePaul's Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych Guidance Resources, has designed several webinars.

The webinar series begins on March 31. Each webinar is being offered at three different times; see below for topics, dates and descriptions. To register, click on the date for the webinar that you are interested in. All registrants will receive a recording of the session within 24 hours of the live webinar.

In addition to these webinars, there are many resources available through ComPsych Guidance Resources, including up to six free counseling sessions. To speak with a counselor or schedule an appointment, employees may call 800-621-4124 anytime. For wellness and educational materials, visit Click “register" and enter DePaul's organization web ID: EAP4DPU.


Why Can't I Stop Eating? How Emotions Impact Our Eating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, March 31 – 8 p.m.  I  Wednesday, April 1 – 7 a.m.  I  Wednesday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

People are affected by the news of the coronavirus in different ways, but we know emotions can be heightened and uncertain. Add to this a large majority of people working from home just steps away from the refrigerator and pantry, and we have a recipe for emotional eating. Salty chips, fat-laden pizza and sugary desserts taste good and can feel like a coping strategy in the moment, but can leave feelings of shame, anger and defeat. This webinar won't be giving dieting advice with calorie recommendations, but instead will focus on the relationship between emotions and food consumption, strategies for recognizing emotional eating, as well as strategies for retraining your body and mind to eat for physiological and not emotional reasons.


Managing Worry & Anxiety During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 1 – 8 p.m.  I  Thursday, April 2 - 7 a.m.  I  Thursday, April 2 - 2 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated severe disruption, fear and even panic around the world. People are worried about catching the virus and passing it on, worried about loved ones becoming infected, worried about the financial impact of the shutdown on the economy and one's livelihood and worries about whether food supplies will run out. While worry can alert us to actions we need to take to remain safe and secure, worry can also lead to anxiety, panic and impulsivity. This course will address how to distinguish helpful worry from unhelpful, anxiety provoking worry and identify ways to manage the experience of anxiety.


Tools to Handle COVID-19-Related Stress

Thursday, April 2 – 8 p.m.  I  Friday, April 3 – 7 a.m.  I  Friday, April 3 – 2 p.m.

This workshop focuses on specific activities to reduce stress caused by COVID-19. Participants will review proven stress-reducing techniques such as: being accountable and recognizing the choices we can make, engaging in productive activities and hobbies, remembering past successes and how we have survived previous stressful situations, and taking breaks from  stressors for a moment of personal renewal. All of these techniques can help us to de-stress, and then do what we need to do in a more effective way.


Self-Isolating Together: How to Get Along with Your Partner and Kids During The Pandemic

Monday, April 6 – 8 p.m.  I  Tuesday, April 7 – 7 a.m.  I  Tuesday, April 7 – 2 p.m. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in our everyday lives. We're now spending more time than ever with the people we love. While there are many benefits to this added family time there are certainly struggles as well. Juggling multiple schedules, emotions and needs - all in one space - can be challenging. This session will help you navigate your relationship with your partner/spouse and kids while supporting your own well-being.


Being An Effective Manager During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, April 9 – 8 p.m.  I  Friday, April 10 – 7 a.m.  I  Friday, April 10 – 2 p.m.

The way we manage our departments and staff, as well as our personal lives, during this time of the coronavirus pandemic is new to everyone. One could say we are all in this together and to an extent that is true. However, we are also all individuals so we will all face the crisis differently. One thing we have in common as managers though is that we are still responsible for the productivity of our departments and staff. In this session we'll give you some suggestions and tips to help you in your job as a manager.