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January 16, 2024

Why We Don't Have Free Will and Why That is Great News

Dr. Robert Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology, neurology, and neurosurgery at Stanford University, and a research associate at the National Museum of Kenya.

Sapolsky’s unique perspective on the human condition comes from more than thirty years spent as both a field primatologist and a laboratory neuroscientist. What fascinates Dr. Sapolsky most about human behavior is a paradox – we are both the most violent species on earth, as well as the most altruistic, cooperative and empathic. Out of this comes a perspective that as biological organisms, we have far less free will than usually assumed.

October 25, 2023

The Psychology of Suicide

Join Dr. Joe Orovecz as he presents a noontime webinar for anyone interested in learning more about suicide intervention and prevention. Joe’s presentation will include how to recognize warning signs of suicide and communicate supportively with an individual experiencing emotional distress. Joe will also share resources that can be helpful in times of crisis and provide guidance for maintaining one’s own wellbeing while trying to support others.

September 27, 2023

The Neuroscience of Meditation: Scientific Evidence to Support Your Practice

In this workshop, Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, discusses meditation's effects on the brain, body, and well-being. Dr. Lumba-Brown will share practical strategies for integrating meditation's benefits into your life with an overview of, and guided participation in, several types of meditation.

August 24, 2023

Navigating the Complexities of Parenting a Gender-Expansive Child

In this workshop, Maureen Johnston, LMFT, addresses the needs and challenges of parents and caregivers as they simultaneously support their gender-expansive children of all ages, and manage their own reactions and emotions.

Resource List for Parenting Gender-Expansive Children

March 24, 2023

How Can We Connect? Understanding Roles and Patterns in Relationships

Clinical therapists Erik Wilkerson and Anastasia Morrison discuss roles that partners play in creating and shifting relationships. Our speakers introduce couples therapy concepts, raise awareness of predictable roles that tend to emerge, and help us recognize patterns that can result in couples feeling stuck or disconnected.

Speakers: Erik Wilkerson, Psy.D., and Anastasia Morrison, AMFT, are both clinical therapists at the Feeling Good Institute.

January 24, 2023

Supporting Your Teen’s Mental Health and Well-Being

Lina Rodas, LCSW, delivers culturally and linguistically sensitive trauma-informed and client-centered services using evidence-based practices. Lina’s work focuses on supporting children, adolescents, and young adults with complex trauma, developmental disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, gender-diverse identities, and complex medical conditions.

Allie Ayalon is a Senior Manager of Client Success at Brightline and manages the Brightline experience for Stanford members.

November 2, 2022

Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Victoria Cosgrove, Ph.D., Mari Kurahashi, MD, Elizabeth Reichert, Ph.D., and John Leikauf, MD – all clinicians at the Stanford Parenting Center (SPC) – provide research-based tips and tools for parenting in our current era. Speakers address a range of topics, including mindful parenting, pediatric anxiety, screen time management, and how parents can support children with school-related issues.

August 2, 2022

COVID-19 and Healthcare Worker Mental Health

Debra Kaysen is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In this Noontime Webinar Dr. Kaysen discusses the effects of COVID-19 on the mental well-being of healthcare workers and presents strategies for coping.

Dr. Kaysen’s research and clinical work focuses on the care of those who have experienced traumatic events and includes treatment of PTSD.

Pause a Moment (PAM) web-based program for healthcare workers:
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July 13, 2022

Well Being Through Laughter Yoga

Carole Holcomb, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, and Leader, discusses the many health benefits of laughter and its role in developing a positive outlook and resiliency, especially during trying times. A Laughter Yoga session follows her presentation.

June 14, 2022

Workplace Bullying: Causes, Consequences, and Cures

Lori Kandels, LMFT, MBA, specializes in helping people to resolve trauma and anxiety.  

In her talk she explains the phenomena of workplace bullying, why it happens, who bullies and who gets bullied, the effects of bullying on individuals and organizations – and ultimately what to do about it. 

April 27, 2022

Building Emotional Resilience Amid Climate Chaos

As we face the physical realities of climate breakdown, the need for tending to our “internal ecosystems”—thoughts, feelings, and accompanying physiological responses—has emerged. In tandem with climate change acceleration, our emotional distress rises. It becomes clear that our internal landscapes can no longer be severed from those that surround us. Due to this lack of nuanced self-care, “eco-anxiety” arises. By learning new, neuroscience-informed methods to navigate challenging experiences, we can reactivate dormant capacities that have been undervalued. There are tremendous gains in leveraging more of our humanity when addressing the deep challenges of our times. Join Leslie Davenport as we explore perspectives and solutions for facing climate change with emotional resilience and social awareness. 

April 12, 2022

Night Owls and Morning Larks: Understanding the Influence of Chronotype on Sleep Health

Dr. Natalie Solomon, licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, presents an overview of sleep and chronotype. Her talk explains her latest research on the form and function of “chronotypes”, how to improve your sleep, and when to seek extra support.

March 8, 2022

The Art of Opening in the Moment: Relationships Simplified

Relationships, like all of life, unfold in the present moment. Successfully navigating the grand adventure of relationships depends on mindful awareness of our openness in each moment—our emotional aperture.

Our ability to sense that openness, our Aperture Awareness, helps us solve the riddle of human relationships: how to be known, loved, and supported while minimizing the potential frustrations and injuries of vulnerability. Knowing how to use this awareness to guide us as we interact helps us create dialogue—conversations that are collaborative explorations which build relationships, both in our personal lives and at work.

In her presentation, Kathryn Ford, M.D., will discuss the neuroscience of emotional aperture as well as methods for cultivating mindful aperture awareness.

Feb 09, 2022

DOPAMINE: A Practical Approach to Compulsive Overconsumption in a Reward-Overloaded World

This is a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting... The increased numbers, variety, and potency are staggering. As such, we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption. Yet, it is possible to find contentment and connectedness by keeping dopamine in check.

In this talk, Professor Anna Lembke will provide a practical, science-informed approach to addressing compulsive overconsumption of everything from food, to sex, to video games.

Jan 11, 2022

SAINT: Past, Present, and Future: Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy for Depression

Dr. Ian Kratter discusses an experimental type of magnetic brain stimulation that has been shown to bring rapid remission to almost 80% of participants with severe depression in a study conducted at the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Kratter provides an overview of the research that led to the development of Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (known as SAINT, SNT, aiTBS), discusses results of SAINT clinical trials, and shares current and future research directions. 

Dr. Kratter is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is a faculty member in the Stanford Brain Stimulation Laboratory.

Oct 20, 2021

Purpose, Redemption, and the Life Review

William Damon is Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence. In this talk Professor Damon guides us on using the tool of a “life review,” which allows for the exploration of the past to redeem old regrets and prepare for a purposeful and positive future. Professor Damon also discusses the development of purpose from adolescence through late life, its psychological benefits, obstacles to purpose, and other forward-looking capacities that may arise from prior disappointments and regrets.

August 12, 2021

The Impact of Racism on Mental Wellness

Members of the Stanford Faculty Help Center clinical staff discuss the impact of racism on mental wellness. Speakers address the effects of racism on both individual and collective levels and offer tools for managing physical and emotional reactions to racism in culturally affirming ways. This is part one of a two-part workshop.

July 14, 2021

Managing Reentry Stress

According to a recent American Psychological Association poll, half of the adults surveyed are uneasy about returning to in-person interactions. As communities and workplaces reopen, how does one cope with the changes and uncertainties of reentering the work world?

Join members of the Faculty Staff Help Center to discuss managing reentry anxiety through strategies such as engaging with awareness, communicating intentionally, and building resilience.

May 26, 2021

Recovering From Burnout

More than three-quarters of employees surveyed by Gallup in September 2019 said they had experienced burnout at work. Over a year into the pandemic, “today’s level of burnout is the result of an existing problem made exponentially worse.” Join Vinutha Mohan as she describes how to:

  • Recognize symptoms of burnout
  • Examine root causes that lead to burnout
  • Develop strategies to cope with and heal from burnout
May 7, 2021

Transformative Change: Reimagining Wellness for All

Reggie Hubbard founded Active Peace Yoga with the mission of serving all communities by helping people nurture foundational habits of self-care. Through his teaching practice, Reggie provides guidance for individuals seeking to cultivate peace of mind, creativity, equanimity, and physical health. He focuses on bringing more peace and balance to activists and guiding the wellness community toward more engagement as concerned citizens. With this balance, we can create space for individual healing, collective redemption, and transformative change. Join Reggie as he offers practices for centering and cultivating peace amid uncertain times.

April 21, 2021

Lessons From the Pandemic

Stanford Professor Laura Carstensen (Psychology) highlights research findings on the strengths of older members of the population to lead us out of the COVID-19 pandemic with a sense of purpose, belonging and worth in all stages of life. Professor Carstensen provides a view of her Stanford Center on Longevity and its New Map of Life initiative. 

March 26, 2021

The Neuroscience of Stress Relief and Sleep

Andrew Huberman, PhD, seeks to understand how the brain allows us to sense, evaluate and respond to the world around us. In this webinar, Dr. Huberman provides an overview of the biology of stress and ways to manage it. He’s developed and tested a number of stress- relieving techniques—involving both the breath and vision—and uses virtual reality to help humans control their stress in adaptive ways. He is also testing how people can access better sleep using stress-relief tools.

February 26, 2021

CONNECT: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues

The ability to create strong relationships with others is crucial to living a full life and becoming more effective at work. Yet many of us find ourselves struggling to build solid personal and professional connections or unable to handle challenges that inevitably arise when we grow closer to others. In today’s workshop, David Bradford will discuss the book he co-authored with Carole Robin, CONNECT: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues—a transformative guide to building more fulfilling relationships based on the Interpersonal Dynamics (“Touchy-Feely”) course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

January 15, 2021

In the Wake of 2020: Managing Vicarious Trauma and Burnout

Exposure to the many stressors of 2020 creates vulnerability to vicarious trauma and burnout in all of us. In this workshop, Ling Lam, Ph.D. will provide an overview of vicarious trauma and burnout as well as tools to assess and treat them. You will learn a variety of evidence-based resiliency skills to manage stress, confront the emotional demands of life in our present time, and prevent burnout.

November 10, 2020

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

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.

October 20, 2020

Elevate Your Life: Navigating the Enneagram to Self-Discovery

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.

July 31, 2020

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

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
June 26, 2020

Holistic Wellness: Building Resilience During Turbulent Times

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


February 26, 2020

Surviving Narcissism: How to Relate to a Narcissist

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?
January 22, 2020

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

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 Methods of sustaining habit change
  • Learn practical tools to apply the method to achieve your goals
November 18, 2019

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

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
October 23, 2019

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

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
September 18, 2019

Does This Spark Joy? Tools for De-Cluttering

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
August 28, 2019

Whole Mind Conversations: Communicating with Emotional Intelligence

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