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The Balancing Act: Improving Well-Being and Performance

Learn to be more effective at work and at home.

Meditating business man.

Date: Mondays
Sept 30 - Oct 21
Time: 2:30 - 5:00pm
Location: University of Montana campus
James E. Todd Building
Hours of Instruction: 10
Course Fee: $275
Registration: CLOSED
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Course Description:

Most people spend more time on work than on any other single thing they do. It can be a source of satisfaction, stress, support, meaning or struggle. You want your work to be meaningful, but sometimes you may feel overwhelmed by the pressure of balancing your personal life with your work life. This course is specifically designed to improve your psychological health as well as your effectiveness at work and in your personal life through a combination of mindfulness and values-guided behavioral skills.

Coursework and homework assignments for The Balancing Act promote self-awareness, help you find purpose, direction and meaning, offer new ways to improve your effectiveness in life and work and help you identify and pursue your own valued goals and actions.

By the end of this course:

  • You will have learned the skill of Mindfulness, which will allow you to be more goal oriented and better able to handle workplace stress.You will have learned a new skill that will allow you to be more open to change and innovation and more able to tolerate problems and conflicts at work.
  • You will identify your own personal values for five life areas: health, relationships, work, leisure time and personal growth.
  • You will create values-based goals and a behavioral action plan to help you achieve those goals.
  • You will be able to make your personal values a more prominent gudie to daily action to ignite your sense of purpose and effectiveness.
  • You will have learned skills to help you improve your effectiveness and performance in many different areas of life -- at work, in personal and family relationships, personal health and well-being and in your leisure time.

Rachel Gooen, About the Instructor: Rachel Gooen

Rachel Gooen, MSW, LCSW is the founder of 5th House Consulting, located in Missoula, MT. With dual masters degrees in environmental studies and social work, plus twenty years experience in management, she is uniquely qualified to advise nonprofits and environmental groups on organizational strategies, leadership development, communication and community building skills. Rachel is an accomplished organizational development consultant and clinical social worker, committed to helping businesses and nonprofit organizations identify and develop organizational and individual strengths, create a cohesive perspective, build foundational goals, and simplify and enhance team communication.

  • School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
  • The University of Montana
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT  59812
  • Phone: (406) 243-2900
  • Fax: (406) 243-2047
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