Summer Wellness Series

During the summer months, the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Campus Mental Health Strategy are presenting a series of wellness webinars that will offer important mental health tools to build resilience and compassion as we work through the COVID-19 crisis.


Self-Care and Crisis Response During COVID-19

We have all been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and our anxiety and stress levels increased. We are teaching, learning and working remotely from home with our daily routines and lives disrupted. It is important to manage our disrupted lives by practicing self-care to enhance our well-being. Self-care is a deliberate action taken in order to enhance our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Self-care manages stress and paves the way for kind, compassionate engagement with the world around you. This webinar aims to discuss different strategies for self-care and have participants develop a personalized self-care plan.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore the importance of self-care and crisis response
  • Practice some evidence-based strategies for self-care that can enhance their well-being
  • Develop a self-care plan

Facilitator: Dr. Glory Ovie
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. (75 minutes)


Resilience During COVID-19 and Beyond

It is inevitable that we will all experience adversity at some point in our lives. COVID-19 is a shared adversity that we are all learning to navigate. We will discover how resiliency refers to our capacity to adapt or bounce back in the face of such adversity. Resiliency also captures a community’s capacity to provide the appropriate supports and resources to community members that help them successfully navigate through difficult times. The intention of this webinar is to provide participants intentional time to reflect on their own resilience and develop a personalized plan for enhancing one’s resilience.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore several personal and social factors associated with resiliency
  • Practice evidence-based strategies to enhance personal resiliency
  • Engage in self-reflection activities and apply the concepts discussed 

Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Thannhauser
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. (75 minutes)


Emotional Wellness: Learning How to Be Attentive to Both Positive and Negative Feelings

Stress and struggles are inevitable and often manageable. However, what about those days when you feel rattled, anxious and unbalanced? We will explore principles of emotional regulation that enhance our ability to successfully handle life’s stressors and adapt to change and difficult times. A general sense of well-being can be realized in the physical, social, occupational, spiritual, financial, and environmental aspects of our lives. This session will increase awareness of how to maintain a sense of emotional wellness and contentment through intentional daily practices, relaxation techniques, resilience skills and lifestyle modifications.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify four principles associated with emotional wellness
  • List four practices that support emotional regulation
  • Understand how neuroplasticity can create new pathways in our brain

Facilitators: Dr. Jacqueline Smith
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. (75 minutes)
Locations: Online via Zoom link

Sentis, Neuroplasticity, YouTube, November 2012, 2:03, New Pathways Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpfYCZa87g


Mindfulness as a Coping Strategy in Times of Crisis

In this webinar, Dr. Linda Carlson (professor in the Faculty of Medicine and co-author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness) will discuss the ways in which mindfulness can be used as a coping strategy to help reduce stress as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic. She will define mindfulness, give research-based examples of how it can reduce stress and change your brain, and guide you through several mindfulness practices that can be beneficial in your everyday professional and personal lives, and especially during times of crisis. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an introductory understanding of the roots, definition and benefits of mindfulness
  • Utilize practical skills in cultivating present moment awareness to build resilience, compassion, and empathy
  • Discover several mindfulness-based applications to use at work and at home for personal wellbeing

Facilitator: Dr. Linda Carlson
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. (75 minutes)
Locations: Online via Zoom link

Please note: This webinar will be recorded, registration will close on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to you the day prior to the webinar.