Coaching at Vanderbilt

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January 8, 2013

"Good coaching can be invaluable for even the best performers." -- Jeff Balser, MD, President & CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center What is coaching? Coaching involves the process of supporting and guiding a person to meet his or her full potential. The coach's role may be as a Leader, Teacher, Motivator, Organizer, Adviser, Encourager, and/or Mentor.

Basic Workplace Skills

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September 14, 2012

The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and U.S. Department of Labor identified 16 basic skills needed for success in the workplace.
 
 Work/Life Connections-EAP can provide individual coaching or departmental training in several of the 16 skills needed to enhance workplace performance (in bold).

Post-Traumatic Stress Self-Assessment

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February 15, 2012

When a person experiences, witnesses, or is confronted with an event or situation that involves actual or threatened death, serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others, he or she can experience fear, helplessness, and horror.  PTSD results when effects of exposure to a traumatic event persist beyond one month following the event. Please answer "Yes" or "No" if you have been exposed to or witnessed a traumatic event and have engaged in or experienced any of the following over the past month on a fairly consistent basis.

Disordered Eating and Negative Body Image Self-Assessment

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February 15, 2012

Disordered eating refers to a continuum of eating behaviors that can be linked to managing overwhelming emotions or to negative beliefs about ourselves, food, or our body image.  Not every person with disordered eating behaviors or a negative view of their body has a diagnosable eating disorder (i.e., anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder), but they may eat or not eat due to stress, use food to find comfort or to establish a sense of control, or have rigid or strange food rules or rituals that affect their health, relationships, and overall functioning.

Attention Deficit Disorder (AD/HD or ADD) Self-Assessment

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February 15, 2012

Many people have issues with paying attention, remembering details, or interrupting others when they are speaking.  When these and other behaviors begin at an early age and continue to affect overall functioning at school, work, or in relationships, there could be a possible disorder

Stress Self-Assessment

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January 31, 2012

Stress is a common experience for most people.  There are more positive forms of stress, such as getting married, having a child, or moving into a new home.  There are also less positive forms of stress, such as increased job demands, financial difficulties, or time pressures.  Regardless of how positive stress can be, it ca

Anxiety Self-Assessment

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January 30, 2012

Anxiety is a normal response to a stressful event or situation.  We all experience anxiety in different ways.  For some, it is a motivator for change or gives an extra burst of energy.  For others, it overwhelms or paralyzes them for a short period of time.  When anxiety is frequent and has longer lasting effects, it creates limitations in a person's social, occupa

Alcohol Use Self-Assessment

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January 30, 2012

According to the World Health Organization's moderate drinking guidelines, women should consume no more than one 5 ounce serving of alcohol per day, and men are to consume no more than two 5 ounce serving of alcohol per day.  A 5 ounce serving of alcohol is equal to one shot of 100 proof liquor or a 12 ounce mug of beer.  In addition, women should not consume more than 4 alcoholic beverages on any occasion, and men should not consume more than 5.  The more a person goes over these recommended amounts of alcohol consumption, the higher his or her risk for alcohol dependence.