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Important Benefits Information

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Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

For many years our EFAP benefit has been administered by The Wellness Corporation.  Recently, The Wellness Corporation was purchased by E4 Health, a leading provider, under the brand name Lifescope, of holistic life services and wellness solutions for organizations nationwide. The merger of The Wellness Corporation and E4 Health – two experienced and professional organizations – will mean expanded service offerings for our faculty and staff plus continuation of the high quality services and capabilities that we have been accustomed to through our long-standing relationship with The Wellness Corp.  Please take a moment to review the two brief documents attached, which give an overview of our new Lifescope resources as well as updated phone and web contact information.  Please note  -  if you are currently accessing EFAP counseling or other benefits arranged through The Wellness Corporation you will not need to do anything different to continue to see your current provider; this change will be seamless to you.

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/EFAP

Summary Plan Description (SPD)

SPDs are designed as brief, handy, easily understandable explanations of important benefit plan provisions.  Below please find a link to the 2014 version of the Middlebury College Health & Welfare Benefits Plan SPD which provides current information on our: medical, dental, vision, life, voluntary life, short-term disability, long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and employee and family assistance program benefits.  All employees are eligible for the employee and family assistance program (EFAP); those employees classified as “benefits-eligible” are eligible for the full range of health and welfare benefit offerings.  You can also find this SPD by visiting the Benefits page on the Human Resources website.  If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the 2014 SPD, please let me know, or stop by the Human Resources Office, and a paper copy will be provided to you.

http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/470998/original/active_spd.pdf

Please do not hesitate to contact the benefits team with questions about the change to our EFAP provider or the 2014 Health & Welfare SPD.

December EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • Help with Handling Holiday Stress
  • Holiday Safety Tips
  • Winter Health Tips

as well as attend a work/life webinar about The Sandwich Generation. To access the December newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-December.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: The Power of Forgiveness

December Work/Life Webinar:  Long Distance Care Giving
Most employees today will face having to take care of an elderly relative while they are still working and taking care of their own families. This is known as the “Sandwich Generation.” In December’s webinar, we will discuss how to collect information, communicate with compassion, be proactive and respectful and how to cope with the issues that this generation faces every day.

Christine Walchuck began her career in the field of Career Planning and Placement; providing career counseling, developing and presenting group workshops, and managing student internships. She received a BS in Psychology and an MS in Education from Fordham University and is a certified DDI instructor in Targeted Selection and Interaction Management. Chris has worked with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and is a qualified instructor of the MBTI.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

October EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • Dollars and Sense of Retirement: Living Below Your Means
  • Resources That Can Help You Make a Difference
  • Have a Hazard Free Halloween
  • Healthy Aging: Myth vs. Fact

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the Long Distance Care Giving, and find great recipes for Savory Baked Apples and Pumpkin Pie Pudding. To access the October newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-october.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Dollars and Sense of Retirement: Living Below Your Means

October Work/Life Webinar:  Long Distance Care Giving

Do you have the responsibility of caring for your parents but you live in different regions? Join us as we learn how to best care for seniors who live far away and what new technology can assist you in caregiving. 

Teresa Pielage received her degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.  She serves BrownRichards as an Eldercare Specialist with 25 years of experience working with seniors and their families.

Thursday, October 10, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

September EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • Why You Should Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Preparedness Resources
  • Packing Healthy School Lunches

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the Brilliance of Resilience to Transform Stress: for Adults, and find great recipes for Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard-Thyme Sauce and Monkey Bars. To access the September newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-september.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Why You Should Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

September Work/Life Webinar:  Brilliance of Resilience to Transform Stress: for Adults

Constant Hine will explain how to foster brilliant inner qualities and grow habits of resilience in adults so they are more able to handle challenging and stressful situations with ease and success. She will present 5 principles for transforming stress to increase professional success, foster positive family dynamics and personal wellbeing. Constant will also share practical and down-to-earth strategies to shift our focus from intervention to prevention by making intentional compounded choices in four areas to gain control in our personal and professional lives.

Constant Hine is a nationally recognized dynamic, motivational and inspirational educator, speaker, coach, trainer, consultant and author.  She has an MA in Teaching/ECE from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of education. She has owned her own educational consulting company Horizons In Learning since 1988 and currently lives in Denver, CO. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

August EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • Making This School Year Your Child’s Best Ever
  • Resources for New Parents
  • Healthy Grilling Tips and Recipes

as well as attend a work/life webinar about Social Media and Teens, and find great recipes for Baked Ziti and Summer Veggies and Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops. To access the August newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-august.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Making This School Year Your Child’s Best Ever

August Work/Life Webinar:  Social Media and Teens

Technology has changed teens’ way of communicating with one another, socializing, scheduling, and even going to school. We will examine the pros and cons of social media and the role that parents play. 

Barbara Melton, a Licensed Professional Counselor, has been in private practice in Charleston since 1989. She is also a SC Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and has been mediating domestic cases since 1989. She has presented at national and international conferences on topics including conflict resolution and anger management. She is currently on the Board of the Assn. for Conflict Resolution for SC and the Mediation & Meeting Center of Charleston. One of her specialty areas is working with mandated mediations and mediating cases where domestic violence has occurred. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

July EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • Arthritis
  • 5 Important Health Risks for Men
  • Resources in Conjunction with Park and Recreation Month
  • A Tip Sheet for Making the Most of Your Vacation

as well as attend a work/life webinar about conflict resolution, and find great recipes for crab cakes with spicy mustard sauce and roasted garlic, poblano, and red pepper guacamole with homemade tortilla chips. To access the July newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-july.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

 Featured Article: Arthritis

July Work/Life Webinar:  Conflict Resolution

This presentation will provide you with the knowledge to recognize causes of conflict, how to facilitate resolution of conflict and how to manage the relationships once the conflict has been resolved. Upon completion, you will know how to spot the causes, know why it is important to resolve conflict, and know the step by step process to gain a better relationship with one another.  Barbara Melton, a Licensed Professional Counselor, has been in private practice in Charleston since 1989.  She is also a SC Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and has been mediating domestic cases since 1989.  She has presented at national and international conferences on topics involving conflict resolution, anger management, and many more topics.  She is currently on the Board of the Assn. for Conflict Resolution for SC and the Mediation & Meeting Center of Charleston.  One of her specialty areas is working with mandated mediations and mediating cases where domestic violence has occurred.  Tuesday, July 9, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

June EFAP News

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Wellness Corp LogoIn this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:

  • Easy ways to improve your sight
  • Legal consultations and resources
  • Tips and guidelines for men of all ages to help you stay healthy

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the 7 habits of highly effective people, and find great recipes for grilled chicken thighs with roasted grape tomatoes and grilled stuffed jalapenos. To access the June newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-june.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Easy Ways to Improve Your Sight

June Work/Life Webinar:  7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Based on the book by Stephen Covey, presenter Terry Gibney will present a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. You will learn a pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service and human dignity – all principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. Terry Gibney is a parent educator and consultant to the child care industry. He works with Head Start and other public programs for families, as well as consulting to child care providers in the private sector. Thursday, June 11, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.