Upcoming Staff Development Workshops Offer Simple Meditations and Mental Training Techniques

Simple Meditation Techniques
Presented by Lane Olson, Credentials Office
Thurs., November 4 in Stevenson 3042

Stress got you down? Learn some simple techniques that you can do at home or at work to lower heart rate and deepen your breathing. We will sit quietly for two ten-minute meditation periods and have a short question-and-answer in between. No experience required. Lane Olson has been sitting meditation for 35 years, first with TM and then Zen Buddhism. She also taught religion classes at Dominican University before coming to SSU. All levels welcome.

From Stress to Success: Using Mental Training Techniques to Master the Demands of Work and Life
Presented by Dr. Glenn Brassington, Associate Professor, Psychology Department
New Date: Wed., November 10 in Stevenson 3042

In a climate of increasing demands to do more with less, potentially stress-provoking situations are a part of almost everyone's work life. Staff members at SSU have been experiencing increasing pressure to increase their work productivity and effectiveness in the midst of furloughs and budget cuts. These demands can take a toll on one's physical and mental health, affecting the quality of one's life now and in the years to come unless steps are taken to inoculate one's self against the harmful effects of stress-provoking situations.

Dr. Brassington would like to express his sincere gratitude for the work that is provided by the staff at SSU by offering a workshop to SSU staff on mental training strategies that can be used to maintain physical and mental health in the midst of an often turbulent and changing work environment. He will be presenting practical techniques to combat stress based on his clinical and research work with professional athletes, performing artists, and business leaders. Participants will receive a free copy of his CD entitled, "Excellence Is No Accident: Mental Training Program for Business Leaders, Athletes, and Performing Artists

Glenn S. Brassington, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University. He is a licensed psychologist who specializes in health and performance psychology.

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