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Alliance Work Partners holds developmental webinar for change

Alliance Work Partners holds developmental webinar for change

June 26
16:52 2018

UNT partnered with the Alliance Work Partners (EAP) to help provide students with beneficial tactics on how to deal with change and turn it into something positive. Using an online webinar led by EAP corporate trainer Lisa Helbig Tuesday, 16 participants were able to explore different topics of change including the importance of flexibility, resilience and conquering change.

“I found a huge passion for teaching topics related to work life balance and helping other people thrive at their goals because I’ve been there,” Helbig said. “It’s a matter of really actively engaging with yourself and reframing your mindset”.

According to EAP, 30 percent of students viewed change as negative, 20 percent viewed it as positive and the rest viewed it as neutral. Throughout the webinar, many participants spoke on relatable reactions toward change like panicking, feeling overwhelmed or gaining more stress before figuring out a solution. These are parts of the normal responses in the stages of change process. This stage consists of resistance, uncertainty, assimilation, transference and integration.

“I always viewed change from a pessimistic view, but I learned that it brings greater opportunities for growth, more knowledge and developing skills,” psychology sohpomore Rose Cox said.

Helbig said that change was temporary and external and sometimes a different direction will lead you towards a more positive outcome in your journey. Managing change is what keeps someone motivated to keep pushing forward like realizing the rewards or personal satisfaction that will come from it.

She provided a brainstorming sheet that consisted of coping strategies including reevaluations, identifying our continuities and what potential opportunities could soon come out of change. Understanding what you lost can help someone move on and make it easier to accept the new reality that change will bring.

“The greatest change came from me stepping out of my comfort zone and accepting my transition into my next phase in life”, said Ryan Meyer, former UNT graduate and insurance field worker. “I realized my values and priorities were always going to overthrow the minor changes in my life”.

The webinar provided five basic characteristics of resilience, — adapted from “Managing at the Speed of Change” by Daryl R. Conner — explaining how each would benefit your growth through change. The five characteristics are positivity, focus, flexibility, being organized and being proactive, and these are meant to help structure learning from change, Conner said.

Each characteristic comes with multiple explanations and guidance on how they benefit change. This led to the change action plan, a self-help sheet that identifies coping mechanisms. Taking control of the many options that would best help participants utilize their resources is the main reason this sheet was created — use support services, learn from past crisis, weigh the pros and cons and realize what consequences come from them.

EAP also provided a sheet with 77 ideas for self-nurturing activities. These activities consist of exercising, meditation, good nutrition, special workshops and more beneficial activities that help with the struggles of change which can build confidence toward goals.

“As someone who experiences a great amount of stress, a whole process behind today’s training is that it takes small steps and approaches,” Helbig said. “In time it will become easier and will later become a habit”.

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