Current Programs

For Faculty, Staff and their Immediate Family Members

March Programming

Overdose Prevention Training – in collaboration with BU Student Health Services

Learn how to identify an overdose, administer nasal naloxone, and perform rescue breathing.  Free and open to all BU students, faculty, and staff. All trainings are held on Zoom. Register for a date below with your BU email address.  More info and to Register

 

March is recognized and celebrated as National Disability Awareness Month. FSAO seeks to promote knowledge of and connection to resources for this issue and others that impact the mental health and well-being of the BU employee community.  These presentations are co-sponsored by Staff and Faculty Extend Boston University Disability Support (SAFEBUDS) , a BU Faculty & Staff Community Network.

Through a New Lens: Understanding the Autistic Perspective.

Thursday, March 7, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm via Zoom, presented by Lisa Morgan, with the Association for Autism and Neurodiversity (AANE)

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This workshop will outline common attributes associated with an autism profile, as well as review and dispel common misconceptions about autism. An overview and history of language use as it relates to supporting autistic individuals will be provided. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive, up-to-date understanding of autism, and learn how to apply a neurological lens to better understand autism and autistic individuals.

 About the Presenter:

Lisa Morgan, an autistic woman diagnosed later in life at 48 years old, is a subject matter expert on crisis supports and suicide prevention for autistic people. She is a co-chair and founder of the Autism and Suicide Prevention Workgroup, which has developed four autism specific resources. As owner of Lisa Morgan Consulting LLC, she trains professionals, coaches autistic adults, and consults on various projects including developing autism specific resources, developing websites for autistic people, and research studies. Lisa has authored several books to support autistic people in mental health and suicide prevention. Her passion is teaching and training professionals how to communicate with and support autistic people in crisis.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Staff and Faculty Extend Boston University Disability Support (SAFEBUDS) , a BU Faculty & Staff Community Network

ADHD and Health

Wednesday, March 20, 12:00 to 1:00 pm via Zoom, presented by Dr. Roberto Olivardia, PhD

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This webinar will cover the various health arenas that are impacted by or associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This includes eating, sleep, stress, and substance use. The speaker will give an overview of typical habits and behaviors people with ADHD exhibit in these areas and understand how untreated ADHD increases risk of various health problems.  He will identify treatment interventions and strategies for healthier eating, better sleep, and reducing substance use. The presentation will focus on the importance of addressing and treating ADHD, not only because of its impact on psychosocial functioning, but due to its significant impact on health and longevity.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital, and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in males. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude, a publication serving the needs of individuals with ADHD and Learning Disabilities, as well as sits on the Professional Advisory Boards for Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and is a Featured Expert for Understood.  He presents at many conferences, podcasts, and webinars around the country.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Staff and Faculty Extend Boston University Disability Support (SAFEBUDS) , a BU Faculty & Staff Community Networks

 

Headspace Programming  

Live Meditations

Connecting Body and Mind

March 7, 12:00 pm, Register Here

Our physical and mental well-being is more connected than we often realize. In this session, discover the impact of aligning your body and mind through meditation.

Releasing Stress 

April 4, 12:00 pm, Register Here

We can’t avoid stress, but mindfulness tools can help us navigate through challenging times. Join experts from Headspace for a live meditation to help you ease tension and find a sense of calm in the storm. 

 

Live Webinars

Prioritizing Rest & A Good Night’s Sleep

March 28, 12:00 pm, Register Here

March 28, 8:00 pm,  Register Here

Getting plenty of rest and sleeping soundly ensures our bodies and minds feel and operate at their best. So, take a deep breath, relax, and join us for this live workshop, where we’ll explore how prioritizing rest can boost our health, mood, and brainpower. Our Headspace experts will also offer mindfulness exercises to help you wind down and strategies for easing yourself into a restful night. Don’t miss this opportunity to nurture your mind through the rejuvenating power of sleep.

 

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation ( e.g. ASL Interpreters, Communication Access Realtime Translation CART), please email fsao@bu.edu. Please submit requests for accommodations as soon as possible.


Always available recorded webinars at the FSAO Video Library

Thriving in 2024: A 30-Minute Guide to Cultivating Lasting Well-Being, presented by Karen Brouhard, LICSW, Recording Available in FSAO Video Library

The beginning of the year is a great time to review and update your plan for building and maintaining your personal well-being. Join this workshop to learn research-based strategies for increasing stress tolerance and enhancing wellness. We’ll identify tips for successfully developing new habits and use these to develop a personalized plan for cultivating well-being in 2024. 

Stress Reduction Toolkit, presented by Shanti Douglas with CCA@YourService. Recording Available in FSAO Video Library

How do you know you are stressed? Do you recognize the symptoms of stress? Explore the newest research and what experts are saying about good and bad stress. Participants will gain the tools to manage stress, including mindful communication.  

You, Me, We.  Making the most of your friendships and intimate relationships!   presented by Karen Katz, JD, LMHC. Recording Available in FSAO Video Library

Developing close friends and romantic partners is exciting – and at times challenging.  In this workshop, we’ll delve into the best ways to discuss feelings and manage conflict.  We’ll also talk about what it takes to make a relationship thrive, and how to balance your personal life and obligations with the demands of a close friendship.  You’ll walk away from new tools, and guidelines that will help protect you and your partner and help you establish some of the most rewarding relationships of your life. 

Karen Katz is a therapist and executive coach.  Her areas of expertise are self-esteem development and interpersonal communication.  She attended Boston University School of Law and obtained her counseling degree from Cambridge College. 

Webinars and Presentations from Other Trusted Sources

McLean’s Mental Health Webinar series