In recognition of American Heart Month, Heroes Think Fast! Spot a Stroke, Save a Life!

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
UAB Hospital West Pavilion
Conference Center Board Room
noon-1 p.m.

Speaker: Kara A. Sands, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Arrive 30 minutes early for "stretching at the desk," led by Terri Adams, 200 Hatha Yoga Instrucor
11:30 a.m.-noon

This program is offered by the UAB EACC and is open to all UAB, UAB Medicine, VIVA, and Homewood Board of Education employees. Space is limited- To register please go to www.uab.edu/learningsystem to enroll for “Heroes Think Fast: Spot a Stroke, Save a life!” - EACC” class under the catalog tab

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Women's Support Group Focused on Balance - Meetings are at the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center.  The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center is offering an ongoing women's support group each Thursday from 5:00-6:15 p.m. The support group will focus on ways in which women can find balance in their everyday life through self-care.  Topics discussed include:  stress management, self-esteem, effective communication, maintaining boundaries in relationships.

The group is open to women who are employees of UAB, UAB Medicine and VIVA. The group will meet at the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center, Suite 330, 2112 11th Avenue South. Registration is required. You may begin at any point during the group. Contact 205.934.2281 for more information. 

Breathe2Relax

iPhone – 4.5 stars with 286 ratings – Free
Android – 4.1 stars with 246 ratings – Free

Your breathing has a profound effect on your body. You’ll know this fact to be true if you’ve ever taken deep breaths to calm yourself down when you were upset. That  exercise can often make you feel more centered, and it’s proof that breathing is powerful.

The Breathe2Relax app uses guided breathing exercises to help reduce symptoms of an anxiety attack. If an attack is coming or the symptoms are unbearable, slip away into a quiet room, open your app, and let the worry and stress slip away with each breath.

Acupressure: Heal Yourself

iPhone – 3 stars with 26 ratings – $1.99
Android – 4.2 stars with 224 ratings – $1.99

Acupressure  is a natural healing strategy in which you target specific areas of the body in order to alleviate pain or unwanted symptoms. Acupressure can also increase blood flow, which can boost your mood and your health.

This app helps you find your body’s acupressure points. Apply pressure on those points when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and receive the positive, calming benefits.

Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation

Android – 4.2 stars with 757 ratings – Free

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese health system that brings together posture, breathing, and the mind to reduce anxiety. This Android app connects users with a library of relaxation videos that contain instructions for relaxing and clearing the mind. The videos are created by Dr. Monica Frank, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to viewing Dr. Frank’s videos, you can read a variety of articles related to anxiety, meditation, and stress management.

Worry Box – Anxiety Self-Help

Android – 4.2 stars with 606 ratings – Free

Have you ever wished you could put all your worries in a box, leave them there, and walk away? The Worry Box app may let you do just that. The app functions a lot like a journal: Write down your thoughts, anxieties, and worries, and let the app help you think them through. It will ask questions, give specific anxiety-reducing help, and can even direct you to help you reduce your worries and anxiety. It is all password protected, so you can feel safe sharing the details of your stresses.

Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

iPhone – 4.5 stars with 524 ratings – $0.99
Android – 4.4 stars with 262 ratings – $0.99

While group meetings and discussions are always an option, some people find relaxation more easily on their own. This app lets you relax in the space of your own home or office with three guided meditations. Breath Awareness Guided Meditation (5 minutes), Deep Rested Guided Meditation (13 minutes), and Whole Body Guided Relaxation (24 minutes) are designed specifically to help you relax and sink into a peaceful meditation moment.

Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

iPhone – 5 stars with 59 ratings – Free
Android – 4.2 stars with 734 ratings – Free

The Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) app from the University of the West of England can help you regain control of your anxiety and emotions. Tell the app how you’re feeling, how anxious you are, or how worried you are. Then let the app’s self-help features walk you through some calming or relaxation practices. If you want, you can connect with a social network of other SAM users. Don’t worry, the network isn’t connected to larger networks like Twitter or Facebook, so you won’t be putting your feelings on blast.

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Summary:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of its employees, members of their immediate households, and the constituency that UAB serves. UAB recognizes that personal problems, including but not limited to, depression, grief, financial, addictions, stress, relationship, and family problems may affect any employee in our workforce. UAB further recognizes that such problems may adversely affect the ability of an employee to satisfactorily perform his/her job. This policy establishes that UAB has created the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center, an employee assistance and confidential counseling service, to demonstrate its concern for and support of employees experiencing personal problems.

Purpose:
UAB recognizes that employees experiencing personal problems, including those listed in the summary above should be made aware of the services offered and given an opportunity to seek professional assistance since such problems frequently result in significant distress and/or hardship for its employees, and members of their immediate households. UAB understands that personal problems may result in impairing an employee’s work performance and therefore adversely affect fellow workers. UAB believes that with early intervention and appropriate support, most employees can effectively be assisted and can be restored to functioning fully at work and at home. To accomplish these goals UAB has established the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center, an employee assistance and confidential counseling program.

Administration:
Administration of the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center is the responsibility of the Director of the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center. The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center is a department of UAB Human Resources. The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center will operate according to UAB Policy and Procedures, State and Federal Law, and applicable ethical and professional standards for clinical and administrative staff.

The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center is an assessment, counseling, referral and educational benefit provided by UAB at no cost to UAB, UAB Medicine, and Viva employees and members of their immediate households.

The staff of the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center will promote the services and resources that it offers to faculty and staff members by providing; training of supervisors in effective utilization of the services of the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center, providing assessment and referral services for all UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center participants, gathering non-identifying statistical utilization data for the purpose of assuring and improving the quality of its services, and by providing programming that promotes healthy work/life integration.

Program Participation:
All information regarding an employee’s meeting with a UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center counselor will be confidential and will not be released without the employee’s specific written consent unless otherwise required by law.

An employee’s participation in the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center will not jeopardize that individual’s job security and/or promotion opportunities.

Self Referrals
Employees and members of their immediate households and dependents covered by the employee’s insurance may contact the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center directly to make an appointment for counseling. If such appointments are during the employees scheduled work time, as with all appointments that require time away from work, approval of a supervisor may be necessary as dictated by departmental policy. Self-referrals are voluntary and confidential. Only UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center staff has access to client records and information.

Directed Referrals
An employee may be directed to meet with a UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center counselor to determine whether counseling may be helpful with correcting a documented job performance problem that has resulted in corrective action. In such cases, the referral must be approved by and coordinated with the Employee Relations Department of Human Resources. The employee will submit documentation to the Employee Relations Department of his/her attendance at the initial meeting with a UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center counselor. UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center records are confidential and will be maintained separate from the employee’s personnel file. Only members of the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center staff have access to client records. If an employee chooses to disregard a referral for counseling for a job performance problem and fails to correct the job performance problem, the employee may be subject to further corrective action, up to and including separation from employment.

Program Benefit:
UAB gives employees with personal problems the opportunity to seek assistance. Therefore, with the approval of the employee’s supervisor, the employee may schedule an appointment with the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center during work hours. However, if an employee chooses to participate in the program he/she may do so by contacting the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center directly without informing his/her supervisor.

Employees and each member of their immediate household are eligible for up to twelve sessions per year, at no charge, at The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center. Referrals will be made to appropriate community resources and/or providers for extended care or for care that exceeds the scope and/or expertise of the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center. The cost of treatment for a problem that exceeds the scope and/or expertise of the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center staff or requires additional resources may be covered by the employees insurance. The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center will make every effort to facilitate referrals to appropriate outside service providers while being mindful of cost to whatever extent is feasible.

Employee Responsibility:
UAB expects employees to assume responsibility for the treatment and/or remediation of personal problems that negatively impact job performance. Upon referral by the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center for treatment at an appropriate community resource/agency, it is the responsibility of the employee to make appropriate use of leave time as necessary. The UAB Benefits Office is available to assist employees in exploring leave options.

UAB does not assume any financial responsibility for employee treatment beyond the existing terms of the employee’s health insurance coverage.

Contact Information:
The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center may be reached at: (205) 934-2281.  You many also contact UAB Employee Relations or your assigned HR Consultant for information about the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center.