Jan. 8, 2024

Hello colleagues,

As we prepare for the spring semester, we understand that recovery will be difficult for many who are processing the traumatic events of December 6. To help support the recovery process, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider ComPsych will offer in-person counseling sessions and virtual webinars in January and February. Sessions are free and open to all UNLV employees. We encourage you to take advantage of as many resources as needed.

In-Person Group Counseling Sessions

Led by a professional therapist, these one-hour sessions offer employees the opportunity to talk openly with colleagues about their experiences, challenges, thoughts, and feelings. This can help with short and long-term effects.

Sessions will take place at Lied Library on the dates and times below. Register in advance as seating is limited to 25 people per session. Please only register for one session.

  • Thursday, January 11 with Dr. Courtney Dandy-Fralick
  • Friday, January 26 with Deidre Jenkins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Tuesday, February 13 with Dr. Courtney Dandy-Fralick
  • Monday, February 26 with Deidre Jenkins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Employees who attend a session will also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the professional therapist leading the session if needed.

Virtual Webinars

ComPsych will host 60-minute virtual webinars focused on topics related to recovering from a traumatic event. Please register in advance. There is no participation limit. 

  • Coping with a Traumatic Event
    • This workshop will help you to recognize physical, emotional, and cognitive responses to crises and trauma; post-trauma dos and don’ts, and tips for taking care of yourself following a crisis or traumatic event.
    • Date and time: January 29 at noon
  • Moving Through Grief and Loss
    • This workshop will help you understand, identify, and accept your feelings and provide coping techniques to help with the grieving process.
    • Date and time: January 30 at 2 p.m.
  • Resiliency: Bouncing Back After a Setback
    • This workshop will examine the characteristics of resilience and discover ways to introduce greater resilience into our lives.
    • Date and time: January 31 at 9 a.m.
  • Managing Worry and Anxiety
    • This training will address how worry habits develop and methods of intervening with worry and anxiety.
    • Date and time: February 13 at noon
  • Tools to Handle Stress
    • This stress management course focuses on specific, practical activities to reduce stress. 
    • Date and time: February 22 at 9 a.m.

Contact UNLV Benefits at hr@unlv.edu for more information. Additional mental health and counseling resources are available on the UNLV Strong website.

Remember that the recovery time frame is different for everyone. Please continue to demonstrate compassion for one another during this time.

Warm Regards,

Ericka Smith, Ph.D.
Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer