Workshops

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 anna.freedman@northwestern.edu Please submit your workshop requests at least four weeks in advance of your preferred date.

Upcoming Workshops and Events - 2017

September

"Understanding Your Adolescent/Teen"

Adolescence can be a confusing and stressful time for both parents and teens. As adolescents mature, sometimes taking one step forward and two back, the parent-child relationship must also evolve. Having a better understanding of the behavior and needs of this age group can help.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the physical, intellectual, and emotional changes of adolescence
  • Learn communication strategies for building a trusting relationship with their teen
  • Effectively parent this often challenging age group

Evanston Campus
Thursday, September 14, 12-1pm
Parkes Hall, Choir Room (034)
RSVP

Chicago Campus
Thursday, September 28, 12-1pm
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Gray Seminar Room
RSVP

October: National Work & Family Month


Established in 2003 and celebrated every October, National Work & Family Month focuses on
the challenges working families face every day. The month is nationally recognized by
businesses, academic institutions, federal agencies, members of Congress, work-life advocacy
groups and individuals who want to make it easier for employees to succeed at work and home.
Join the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources & campus partners for four weeks of programming in
observance of National Work & Family Month, throughout October 2017.

Dowload the National Work & Family Month Calendar of Events

Work-Life Fit: Managing life's competing demands
"Using Yoga Principles to Navigate Work-Life-Family 'Messiness'"
Presented by the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources & YourLife Wellness
With Elizabeth Cappo-Rosenfeld

Chicago Campus: 10/17, 12-1pm
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Gray Seminar Room
RSVP

Evanston Campus: 10/26, 12-1pm
Parkes Hall
Choir Room (034)
RSVP

Parenting: School age & beyond
"Helping Kids & Teens Become Financially Responsible Adults"
With Henry Gorecki

Evanston Campus: 10/3, 12-1pm
Norris University Center
Evans Room (102)
RSVP

Chicago Campus: 10/10, 12-1pm
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Gray Seminar Room
RSVP

Emerging Professionals: Your career, your life
"Emotional Intelligence: Improving Your Personal & Professional Life"
With Ellen Burton

Evanston Campus: 10/27, 12-1pm
Norris Univeristy Center
Evans Room (102)
RSVP

Chicago Campus: 10/31, 12-1pm
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Gray Seminar Room
RSVP


Adult & Senior Care: Guidance, support & planning
"Getting to Know Your Work/Life & Family
Resources - Adult & Senior Care Focus"
With Jennifer Gibbons, MSW, LICSW, Northwestern Senior Care Connections

Webinar: 10/11, 12-1pm
RSVP

November

Adult & Senior Care: Guidance, support & planning
"Caring for the Caregiver" with Jennifer Gibbons, MSW, LICSW, Northwestern Senior Care Connections

Caring for an aging parent or disabled adult can be a hard job. It’s easy to neglect your own needs when you are juggling multiple responsibilities, including working outside the home and raising your own family. Research shows that caregivers are more prone to chronic illness, depression, and substance abuse and are less likely to properly care for themselves. Taking the time to care for yourself is crucial when caring for others. This seminar will discuss strategies to help you carve out time for yourself, set realistic expectations, and ultimately embrace the positive aspects of caregiving.

Evanston Campus: 11/16, 12-1pm
Norris Univeristy Center
Armadillo Room (108)
RSVP

Chicago Campus: 11/16, 3-4pm
McGaw Pavillion
Daniel Hale Williams Auditiorium
RSVP

December

Well-Being: Mindfulness and resilience
"Building Resilience: Your Best Weapon Against Stress" with Ellen Burton
Co-Sponsored by the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources & YourLife Wellness

Resilience is not developed overnight; it’s the result of many factors and life experiences. This seminar includes a resilience self-assessment and reviews the components of resilience, why resilience is so important in today’s world, and how to nurture your own resilience through wellness practices and other strategies.

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

- Understand the importance of building resilience to prevent and fight stress

- Identify personal (internal) and environmental (external) factors that aid or interfere with resilience

- Utilize wellness strategies and identify resources to support and build personal resilience

Chicago Campus: 12/5, 12-1pm
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Gray Seminar Room
RSVP

Evanston Campus: 12/14, 12-1pm
Norris University Center
Lake Room (203)
RSVP

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 la-henderson@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3612.