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Health & Wellness

Being a postdoc can be stressful, but maintaining your health and wellness is essential to help you do your best work.  Postdocs are eligible to access counseling services offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP).  In partnership with FSAP, OPRSA also offers annual Postdoc Health & Wellness workshops. For postdocs with Health insurance through the UC Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP), Health Net offers a variety of programs that will assist you with maintaining both your, and your family’s, health.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is a confidential service designed to help Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars resolve concerns that may be affecting personal well-being and/or job performance. Services are completely confidential. All records are kept strictly within the program office and will not be released to anyone without your written consent. Information regarding your participation in the program is never placed in personnel or departmental files, and receiving FSAP assistance will in no way jeopardize job or career opportunities. Individual counseling is available to help individuals with range of issues, including conflict resolution, trauma recovery, wellness, grief and violence.  Educational workshops and support groups are also available on a variety of topics. 

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

Phone: (858) 534-5523
http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/fsap

Street address:

Torrey Pines Center South
10280 N. Torrey Pines Road
Suite 406
La Jolla, CA 92037

Postdoc Health & Wellness Workshops

Postdoc Health and Wellness

Postdoctoral training is a time of transition for scholars, which can lead to feelings of uncertainty and stress.  In addition, this training period often coincides with personal milestones (e.g. marriage, parenthood) and usually requires relocation to a new city or even new country.  To address the challenges that confront postdoctoral scholars, this series is designed in collaboration with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) and Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs (OPRSA) to help postdoctoral scholars have a healthy and productive time while in training.

Workshops addressing different challenges will be held in Student Services Center from 12-1:30 pm. 

Registration is required as lunch will be provided by OPRSA.

Keeping Your Life While You Build Your Career

Without a clear focus, postdoctoral work can be life consuming.

Join us for a creative discussion exploring life priorities that will support your overall career growth.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (Student Services Center, 3rd Floor, Room 300)

Presented by William Youngblood, LMFT and Bryan McNutt, Ph.D.,LMFT

Register

Communication in the Workplace

In your position as a postdoc, effective communication can serve you well in building relationships that

will support your success.  Come join us to learn some helpful communication skills and engage

in an informative discussion about how these skills might be utilized in our daily life.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (Student Services Center, 3rd Floor, Room 300)

Presented by William Youngblood, LMFT

Register

Working Postdocs with Small Children

During your postdoctoral training, you may either have small children or are on the brink of starting

a family.  This workshop is designed to provide tips and share resources as well as introduce

parents in similar positions to each other.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  (Student Service Center, 3rd Floor, Room 300)

Presented by Izabel Caetano Francy, LCSW

Register

How to be a Healthier, Happier, More Productive You!

As postdoctoral training is stressful, mostly autonomous and often overwhelming, this workshop will

provide tools to help participants recognize the importance of self-care and introduce mindfulness

exercises that can help you throughout your training.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  (Student Services Center, 3rd Floor, Room 300)

Presented by Izabel Caetano Francy, LCSW

Register

For information on the Postdoc Health & Wellness Series, please contact opsa@ucsd.edu

HealthNet Wellness Plan

Health Net offers a variety of programs that will assist you with maintaining both your, and your family’s, health. When you are a member in a Health Net medical plan, you will have access to the various valuable classes and programs offered. More information.

  • For discounts on fitness apparel and club memberships, complementary health care and weight management, please click on Healthy Discounts (PDF).
  • Decision Power is a program through Health Net that offers a variety of methods to track possible health risks and identify potential problems. The goal of this program is to assist through online coaching with a guide to pregnancy, tobacco use, weight management, nutrition and stress reduction. Please click on Decision Power (PDF) for information on enrolling in this program.
  • If you wish to make the healthy decision to quit smoking, Smoking Cessation (PDF) offers a plan to help you kick the habit with the assistance of either online or telephone support.
  • Lose Weight (PDF) is another health-wise program offered through Decision Power that keeps you motivated to lose weight, offers healthy eating choices and counseling from a health coach.