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Kentucky Employee Assistance Program Workshops


Below are the workshops that will be sponsored by the Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP).  They are open to all state employees.  We regularly host workshops at the Governmental Services Center.  Workshops are available to agencies throughout the state upon invitation. Contact your training coordinator to register.  View the training calendar for scheduled classes.

If you are signing up for one of our workshops and need accommodations, or would like workshop handouts in a alternate format​ (Braille, large font) please contact our office at 800.445.5327 or email RebeccaM.Waddle@ky.gov.  If possible, please submit your request at least 3 weeks prior to the class.

 


 

Anxiety Awareness 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Session will include information about the biological and cognitive causes of anxiety. Specific disorders will be reviewed in order to increase participant’s understanding of symptoms and how they may impact their work performance. At the end, participants should have an increased awareness of possible treatments so that they can seek out appropriate services if they or their loved ones are suffering from debilitating anxiety.


 

KEAP as a Management Tool 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Managers have the responsibility to address performance and behavior deficiencies early. Learn how to focus on the areas where you can make a difference for the employee and the agency. 


 

Building Resilience 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: When something goes wrong how well do you bounce back? When you have resilience, you harness inner strengths and rebound more quickly from a setback or challenge, whether it's a job loss, an illness, a disaster or the death of a loved one. This workshop will explore techniques for developing a positive mood despite difficult circumstances. A review of brain science research will support the strategies that will be introduced.


 

Depression Awareness 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Depressive symptoms can have a significant impact on relationships, family and work performance. Participants will be educated briefly on the biological causes of depression to better understand why it happens. This session will focus on problems with thinking that result in a negative view of the world. Different types of depression will be reviewed along with some ideas on how to appropriately cope with symptoms and how to recognize that it is time to seek out the services of a professional.


 

Drug Free Workplace 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: To achieve a drug-free workplace, it is important to become educated about the nature of alcohol and drug use and its negative impact on workplace safety and productivity. This workshop, for employees and supervisors, will help raise awareness about the effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace and focus on encouraging individuals with problems to seek help. 


 

Facing the Challenges of Eldercare 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: As the population of elderly grows larger than ever before, the issue of care giving is impacting more and more employees. This workshop will look at how to balance work and eldercare issues. We will examine the emotional factors as well as practical considerations for healthy care giving.


 

Happiness at Work - for employees 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Positive feelings lead to improved work performance and job satisfaction. Fortunately, there are things we can do, even in stressful times, to increase the happiness factor in our work. This program presents ten strategies that boost contentment and happiness on the job.


 

Happiness at Work - for supervisors 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Employees who are happy on the job work harder, stay longer and achieve more of their potential. There are identified elements supervisors can impact that will enhance employee happiness at work. Participants in this workshop will examine these factors and discuss how they can be used in their work setting. 


 

Mental Health Issues in the Workplace 

Length: 2.0 hour

Description: The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts depression will be the second leading cause of disability world-wide by 2020. Connecting employees with supportive services is integral for symptom management and to inhibit the evolution of depression, or any other mental health diagnosis. Awareness and minimal involvement can have a significant and positive influence on a person’s life. This session will review the impacts mental health difficulties have in the workplace, the warning signs that would indicate the need for intervention and strategies to help connect that employee to the appropriate support. 


 

Mindfulness: Managing the Emotional Brain 

Length: 2.0 hour

Description: Emotional regulation is our ability to adapt to a given situation effectively, so that we experience minimal negative impact to our moods and limit behaviors that we might later regret. This is a skill we all strive for, but know is difficult to master. Mindfulness may play a big role in the acquisition of this ability as we see it get increasingly more attention by researchers and the popular press. This workshop is a basic introduction to mindfulness and will cover the possible wide ranging impact it has on stress management, chronic pain, improved brain functioning and mental health. 


 

Secondary Traumatic Stress 

Length: 2.5 hours

Description: There are many professions within state government in which an essential part of the work includes listening to people tell stories about the mistreatment of others. Repeated exposure to stories of abuse, violence and death can put a person at risk for many negative symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as other problems that can impact an individual's ability to continue to function effectively at their job and in their personal life. This workshop will clarify the various conditions, terms and symptoms that have come out of the research examining those who are exposed to trauma second hand and will present a review of ways to address those issues. 


 

State Employee Money Management 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: This workshop will be a broad examination of multiple areas of personal finance that are important to consider for future fiscal health and will include a heavy focus on budgeting and credit. This material is for anyone looking to feel more confident about their financial status by starting a conversation, which will result in an understanding of the basics including important concepts and terms. Along with this knowledge, you will also be provided with an extensive resource list so that you can begin putting a plan in place for a healthy financial future.


 

Stress Management 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Understanding stress is important to managing it. In this workshop attendees will look at the cause and effect of stress. Techniques for handling current stress-invoking situations as well as strategies for a "less-stress lifestyle" will be explored.


 

Time Management 

Length: 2.5 hours

Description: This workshop will present common themes that appear throughout time management literature. Participants will be provided with different ideas on how to improve efficiency through specific organizational and planning methods. In addition, the presenter will illustrate why these techniques are useful by discussing the psychological processes involved that hinder or promote effective time management.


 

Training People How to Treat You 

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Often in relationships, particularly with supervisors or co-workers, we feel powerless to address difficult situations. Many of us think there's nothing we can do to deal with tough work relationships. This workshop will look at specific steps to address difficult, one-on-one work-relationship situations. The goal is to develop skills to confront difficult work interactions in a non-destructive way. 


 

Understanding Bullying in the Workplace

Length: 2.0 hours

Description: Workplace bullying can create negative work environments and significantly impact productivity and morale. In this workshop participants will learn what constitutes bullying, how it affects agencies and employees and what actions can be taken to address bullying behaviors. 


 

Verbal De-Escalation Skills 

Length: 2.0 hours

D​escription: Sometimes employees feel frustrated or nervous when a customer becomes dissatisfied and upset. This workshop will present non-physical techniques that can prevent or diffuse a hostile situation. Having skills to respond in these situations may help you feel more confident when communicating under stress.​