Workshops - What's New?

We bring in expert speakers to address a variety of work/life topics. These complimentary seminars are offered throughout the year.

Topics Include:

  • Altering Your Response to Stressful Situations
  • Caregiving & Older Adults
  • Communication
  • De-Cluttering: Get and Stay Organized
  • Health & Wellness
  • Managing Finances
  • Parenting
  • Real Estate 101
  • Retirement Essentials
  • Using Mindfulness to Combat Stress

Workshops can be customized to meet the specific needs of a department. In addition, if there is a specific topic that you would like to request, please contact Anna Freedman at Please submit your workshop requests at least four weeks in advance of your preferred date.

Upcoming Workshops and Events - 2018


"Altering Your Response to Stressful Situations"

Your boss gives you an emergency assignment late Friday afternoon. You find out that your loved one may need surgery. Your teenager says something hurtful to you. The temptation in each of these situations may be to respond without thinking, letting your emotions take control. But that’s often the worst thing to do. This seminar demonstrates effective ways to manage emotions even in the most stressful of situations.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

  • Assess their current ability to effectively cope with stress
  • Recognize some of the factors that contribute to susceptibility to strong negative reactions to stress
  • Utilize techniques to develop “stress hardiness”

Evanston Campus
Thursday, February 8
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Norris Center, Northwestern Room B (202)

Chicago Campus
Thursday, February 22
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location provided upon RSVP


"Real Estate 2018"
Thinking about buying or selling a home in 2018? Join the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources for an engaging panel discussion with local Real Estate experts, who will walk you through the process of buying or selling a home, from start to finish.

Evanston Campus

Thursday, March 8
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Norris Center, Evans Room (102)

Chicago Campus
Tuesday, March 20
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rubloff Building, Room 750


"Help Your Children Develop Healthy Habits"
Co-Sponsored by YourLife Wellness and the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources

Today’s children have frequent, easy access to unhealthy food, and many of them spend their free time on
sedentary activities such as watching TV and playing computer games. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for unhealthy
weight gain, along with an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Helping children to develop healthy habits
now can save them from serious health problems later.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

• Identify the healthy habits they want their children to learn
• Recognize obstacles they and their children face in developing healthy habits
• Make a change plan
• Start through small steps to help their children improve their eating and exercising habits

Dates and locations forthcoming


"Get Organized: De-cluttering"
Dates and locations forthcoming


Past Workshops

Work/Life & Family Library 

The Office of Work/Life & Family Resources has a Library PDF Document that includes many books and videos that cover a variety of work/life topics. If you would like to borrow a book or video, please contact Lori Anne Henderson at or 847-491-3612.