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Dr. Mehrdad Ayati

COVID and the Aging Population: What We Have Learned Thus Far

November 10, 2020

The risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. Many who care for older loved ones seek guidance informed by both current health science and an understanding of the stresses associated with caregiving. In this talk, Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, shares latest findings and guidelines for guarding the physical and mental well-being of elders and those who care for them.

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Elevate Your Life: Navigating the Enneagram to Self-Discovery

October 20, 2020

Pamela Johnson is a Life Leadership Coach, Enneagram Teacher, and consultant who demoed the Enneagram is a self-assessment tool that helps individuals understand how they conceptualize and navigate their inner and outer worlds. It serves as a map highlighting where one is and where one wants to go. Identifying one's Enneagram type can enable bringing more congruency to life.

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Camilla Griffths

Overcoming Colorblindness: Research and Recommendations for More Race-Conscious Schools and Communities

July 31, 2020

Camilla Griffiths is an advanced doctoral researcher who studies the role of race in K-12 educational contexts talked about:

  • Persistent racial disparities in the educational achievement and disciplining of American students highlight the need to understand and shift educational policies and practices as they relate to race
  • Highlight research that clarifies how kids learn and understand race as they develop, as well as research on the role that race has and continues to play in our K-12 education system
  • Provide evidence-based suggestions for how to help school communities move away from colorblindness and towards race-consciousness and anti-racism

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Holistic Wellness: Building Resilience During Turbulent Times

June 26, 2020

Karen Carrie is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Faculty Staff Help Center and Vinutha Mohan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in attachment trauma with a private practice in Palo Alto and Los Gatos.

  • Understand the causes of resistance to “what is”
  • Explore tools for reframing cognitive distortions
  • Learn techniques for managing emotional dysregulation

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Surviving Narcissism: How to Relate to a Narcissist

February 26, 2020
Sophie Yost, LMFT and Dawn Guthart, LMFT. In this talk they speak about:
  • How do you define and identify narcissism?
  • Does the narcissist in your life seem fine, but makes things really hard for you?
  • What steps can you take to not feel emotionally drained by the narcissist in your life?

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Sustaining Positive Habit Change. Make Your New Year Resolution Stick!

January 22, 2020

Jack Komejan is a licensed clinical social worker with 35 years of experience in mental health settings as a clinician and manager.

  • Learn about the process of habit change
  • Learn Evidence-based Method of sustaining habit change
  • Learn practical tools to apply the method to achieve your goals

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Out of the Muck: Causes and Cures for Destructive Organizational Friction

November 18, 2019

Professor Robert Sutton is an organizational psychologist and professor of management science and engineering at Stanford. In this talk he speaks about:

  • Why, all too often, organizations make the right things too hard to do
  • How leaders and teams can intervene to dampen destructive friction
  • Practices and traditions at Stanford that cause destructive friction—and how we can each be part of the solution. rather than part of the problem

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things. Why None of Us Can Afford to Ignore PTSD?

October 23, 2019

Shaili Jain, MD, currently serves as the Medical Director for Integrated Care at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. In this talk she speaks about:

  • Get a general overview of PTSD and its symptoms
  • Explore how PTSD can impact one’s ability to engage with life fully
  • Learn tools to manage symptoms and understand treatment options

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Does This Spark Joy? Tools for De-Cluttering

September 18, 2019

Susie DuBois is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of Hoarding Disorder and collecting behaviors. In this talk she speaks about:

  • A general overview of Marie Kondo's method of de-cluttering and organizing
  • A mental health perspective of what is missing from Kondo's method and what may be harmful for some
  • How to approach Marie Kondo's method if you have moderate to severe collecting behaviors

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Emotional Intelligence and Self Regulation

Whole Mind Conversations: Communicating with Emotional Intelligence

August 28, 2019

Rosan Gomperts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Director of the Faculty Staff Help Center. This interactive workshop offered participants ways to:

  • Identify triggers.
  • Expand Self-Awareness
  • Choose alternate responses to stressful situations

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