Learn Relaxation Techniques for Coping with Stress

This lunchtime seminar is offered for those interested in learning how to manage day-to-day anxiety and stress by using calming, effective relaxation techniques. Discover how to accurately identify your stress, recognize your stress reactions, and focus your mind on problem-solving. Learn specific stress reduction methods you can use both at work and home to help you manage daily stressors. This seminar will be facilitated by a Faculty and Staff Assistance consultant.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, December 8, 12-1 p.m., Whitten University Center, room 2300H

Miller School campus: Wednesday, December 9, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Tower, room 301C

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, December 10, 12-1 p.m., Library, Media Room

FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.

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Psychological Services Center Offers Psychotherapy Discount for UM Employees

The Psychological Services Center on the Gables Campus campus provides psychotherapy to adults and children for depression, anxiety, behavior problems, and other mental disorders. The fee is only $20 for individual therapy sessions for UM employees and their children. Learning disability/ADHD evaluations are also available for adults and children. Call 305-284-4265 for more information.


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Well-Woman Exams Now Available at Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics

The Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics, providing convenient access to UHealth medical services for minor illnesses on a walk-in basis for just $10 per visit, is expanding its services to include annual well-woman exams and pap smears beginning in December. A well-woman exam includes a routine gynecological exam, breast exam, and Pap smear. This new service will be available from 7:30 a.m. to  on 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Coral Gables location and Wednesdays at the medical campus location. Please note these visits do not include evaluation and management of pre-existing conditions.

The Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics are a Well ’Canes benefit for UM faculty and staff. The clinics also offer annual physicals on select days, certain immunizations free of charge, and free health assessments provided by the Guardrails Prevention Initiative. Visit healthycanesclinic.com for locations and hours of operation.

PLEASE NOTE: The Healthy ‘Canes Clinics are not a substitute for your primary care physician. If you have severe abdominal pain, high fever, chest pain, severe headache, trouble breathing, or require immediate assistance due to an accident or injury, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

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Week of Well-Being Wants You in 2016

Lectures, fitness classes, financial workshops, and other activities focused on advancing the well-being of UM’s faculty and staff will return for the  fourth annual Week of Well-Being, April 4-8. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni will have a chance to share their knowledge and expertise by becoming presenters during the one-week event, held on the Coral Gables, Rosenstiel School, and Miller School of Medicine campuses, as well as our many satellite locations.

Become part of UM’s annual Week of Well-Being by completing and submitting the Presenter Proposal Form by Friday, December 11. Selected participants will be notified in January. If you have any questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004.

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Staff Vacation Donation Reinstated

Staff vacation donation, previously suspended due to the need for compliance updates, has been reinstated. This is a very important benefit, and one in which employees can demonstrate care for each other in times of critical need. The newly updated guidelines allow for the donation of vacation time to employees who are suffering from a personal or immediate family catastrophic illness or injury, and who do not have enough accrued time to remain in pay status during their absence.

The following new provisions apply:

  • Donations may be made across departmental lines from individual to individual.
  • Donors and recipients will be subject to payroll withholdings in accordance with the University’s established payroll practices and the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Donated vacation time may be used to supplement the recipient’s short-term disability benefits. The short-term disability benefits provide 66 2/3 percent of an employee’s income while on an approved leave of absence due to a qualifying medical condition. Where a recipient is receiving short-term disability benefits under the plan, donated vacation time may be used to cover the remaining unpaid portion of an employee’s salary (33 1/3 percent), as well as the required 15-day waiting period.
To review the revised policy, click here. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact your HR business partner.

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