Ivy Tech Northwest and Geminus Corporation offer free workshop on coping in workplace

EAST CHICAGO – Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s East Chicago De La Garza Campus will host a Coping with Work and Family Stress, a workplace intervention project in partnership with Geminus Corporation of Merrillville, IN.

The workshop consists of a 16-week curriculum developed by Yale University.  The program has demonstrated participant effectiveness in reduction of alcohol and substance abuse; psychological symptoms including depression, anxiety, and somatic complaints; and use of tobacco in the workplace.  The project also engages co-workers, supervisors and family members in the process. The target population for the program is the 18-25 year-old group transitioning to work.

“The workshop is a science-based program that has been designated as one of five Model Prevention Workplace Programs by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration,” states Heather McCarthy, vice president of Geminus.  The project will be funded as part of Geminus’ Strategic Prevention Framework State Initiative Grant through the Family Social Services Administration (SPFSIG-FSSA).

Ivy Tech Northwest Human Services faculty was trained by Yale University to conduct the program.  Don Spears, regional Human Services program chair, is overseeing the project.  “I am pleased about this partnership.  Our Human Services students will take part in the workshops and assist in collecting data on the effectiveness of the program,” states Spears.

“The College is looking at the curriculum as a possible fit into the existing Human Services programs on the East Chicago campus,” says Vice Chancellor of Academics Debbie Halik.  The curriculum and has been offered through community colleges with much success.

“Offering the program through the College makes sense,” states J. Guadalupe Valtierra, Ivy Tech Northwest’s chancellor. “As the community college for Indiana, we partner with organizations, like Geminus to provide services to our community.”

The first program, Enhancing Social Support, will be offered on March 19 & 29 from 9 am – Noon.  The next program, Problem Solving, will be offered April 2 & 9 from 9 am- noon. To register, please contact Ann Vasquez at (219) 757-1811 or at ann.vasquez@geminus.org.  Ivy Tech students who complete the programs will receive a $50.00 gift card for the campus bookstore.

Geminus Corporation is a management group that offers innovative concepts providing comprehensive support services, human resources, communications, purchasing, accounting, finance, client billing, and management information services, for behavioral health care providers and human service organizations.

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

PHOTO:
Seated (L-R): Ivy Tech Northwest Chancellor, J. Guadalupe Valtierra and Geminus Vice President, Heather McCarthy

Standing (L-R): Ivy Tech Dean of School of Public & Social Serivces, Rick Soria, Ivy Tech Vice Chancellor/Dean R. Louie Gonzalez, Ivy Tech Human Services Program Chair, Don Spears, and Geminus’ SPFSIG director, Ann Vasquez.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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