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Wellness Skill-building Groups

OITE is excited to be launching a series of wellness skill-building groups. These groups are intended to offer NIH trainees a space to reflect on areas of growth, explore tools to support their wellness, and practice skill development. Each group session will provide trainees with tangible strategies relative to the overall theme.  OITE skill-based groups are offered as a 4-6 week series depending upon the topic. If you have questions, please email NOTE: Group size will be limited to facilitate open discussion and participation is restricted to NIH trainees.

Fear to Compassion Skills Group

Does fear undermine your ability to feel relaxed and calm? Do you often feel apprehensive, guarded, or worried?   Many of us live our lives with unnecessary fear and anxiety.  A number of mindfulness strategies can help soothe these strong emotions and develop self-compassion.  When we acknowledge our suffering, when we feel scared, compassion manifests itself.  Recent scientific research on compassion reveals many ways we can learn to befriend and soothe our fears so that we can feel more relaxed, calm and present. In this four-week skills class, we learn practical ways to cultivate more compassion to combat fear. This group will launch the week of April 19th.

Healthy Relationship Building Skills Group

Relationships serve as the cornerstone for navigating the world. Both our professional and personal lives require us to foster relationships, and the quality of these relationships can be a determinant for success, social thriving, and happiness. At times we may feel unable to communicate with others, have difficulty building empathy for ourselves and others, or struggle maintaining boundaries. This 5-week skills-group will focus on building skills relative to interpersonal growth, effective communication, emotional intelligence, and networking. This group with launch the week of April 19th.


Emotion Regulation Skills Group

To be well isn’t to constantly live in a state of ease and happiness. It’s to be able to move fluidly through both enjoyable and adverse experiences back to a state of calm, where we feel grounded and safe. To do this, we need tangible skills to help us regulate the wide range of emotions that show up in our everyday lives. Emotions are a normal part of being human - we all have them. They impact what we think and how we behave, but too often we either minimize and push them away or we become flooded and overwhelmed by them. Instead, when we learn how to tune into and effectively regulate our emotions we are better equipped to simply note them as useful data points in our circumstances - nothing more and nothing less – that can help us respond intentionally (not react). Increasing our ability to do just that gives us the skills and confidence to handle the inevitable ups and downs of life, ultimately leading to positive impacts on our sense of satisfaction at work, our relationships, and our overall well-being. This group will begin the week of May 3rd.

Mindfully Awakening to Joy Skills Group

Our feeling good about life is not always determined by what’s happening to us, rather, it is our relationship to what is happening to us that matters. In moments of hopelessness or challenge, it can be difficult to find joy.  This 4-week skills course will focus on cultivating resources and practices to discover and grow our joy by becoming more present, grateful, loving, compassionate, playful, and creative. This group will begin the week of May 3rd.

Procrastination Skills Group

If you struggle with putting off challenging or unpleasant tasks, you are not alone.  Procrastination troubles many and exacerbates anxious and depressive feelings for most all who struggle with this nagging postponement tendency.   Frequently putting off work until tomorrow, or even the last possible minute, can have disastrous results for your productivity and your overall wellbeing.  Although most agree it’s a problem, few know how to fix it.  Learn about the various and interrelated factors that cause, contribute, and maintain procrastination as a habit.  This 4-week course will use scientific research to teach skills that have been found to rewire your ability to get started and stay focused.  A group leader will not just teach the skills but assist you in practicing these skills in order to find what makes them most effective for you, and your ever present to do list. This group will begin the week of June 7th. Register.