Driving the Horse: Incorporating Self-Care Practices into the Work Day for Enhanced Performance

Featuring conversations with Dr. Bara Litman Psy.D., CEAP, Program Manager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Work-Life Center and Amporupan Solie, a professional with the U.S. Military Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), this episode explores research-based wellness strategies that can be built into the work day to help professionals thrive.

About This Podcast

Each month host Alicia Cassels introduces individuals who excel in challenging professional fields and interviews experts in medical, social and management sciences to explore what keeps professionals engaged and thriving at work. 

CEU Information & Certificates of Completion 

.5 CEU is available for this podcast through the University of Texas School of Social Work. These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Family Therapist licenses. The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work is an approved CEU provider in all but the following 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Participants are encouraged to check with their states’ latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CEU rules. 

**To obtain CEUs for this episode, take the evaluation and post-test here.

Certificates of Completion are also available for those interested in receiving training hours and need proof of participation. 

Guest Bio: Dr. Bara Litman 

Dr. Bara Litman is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified Employee Assistance professional who manages Work-Life programs and programs and initiatives for MIT’s faculty, staff, postdocs and their families. For the past 25 years Dr. Litman has been consulting to Human Resources, managers and employees in organizations of all sizes, along with providing training, coaching and counseling. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Litman was the Vice President of Account Services for a national EAP and Wellness company. Dr. Litman has provided EAP services, crisis and disaster response training, work-life coordination, consultation and account management to Higher Education and Fortune 100 corporate clients.

Host Bio: Alicia Cassels

Alicia Cassels, MA – OneOp (MFLN) Program Development and Evaluation Specialist, Auburn University

Alicia has 25 years of experience working with professionals, young people and families in university and behavioral healthcare settings. Alicia’s Cooperative Extension work is informed by 15 years of previous work as a clinical therapist and program director, gaining valuable knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by families and service providers in under served and rural communities. For the past 10 years, Alicia has focused on the delivery of research and evidence-based Cooperative Extension programs, providing training, program development and educational resources for professionals, young people, and families with an emphasis on special needs, rural and under-served populations. Alicia has secured and managed more than 8 million dollars in competitive grant awards to fund Cooperative Extension initiatives.

This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.


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