On November 1, 2008, the University rolled out an important new benefit for all of its employees and their families: the CUNY Work/Life Program.
This voluntary, free and confidential program is intended to help employees balance the demands of their professional and personal lives. Traditional counseling is available for stress, family problems and substance abuse, and there many other services such as referrals for child care and elder care - even pet care!
Some of the areas that the Program covers include:
Emotional Well-Being - Assistance and counseling for employees and their family members who are experiencing high stress levels, anxiety and depression.
Marriage/Family/Relationship - Individuals experiencing marital difficulties, divorce, family conflict or relationship issues can speak to a counselor who can help with couples counseling or family therapy.
Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency - Clinical intervention and confidential assistance for individuals abusing alcohol and/or prescription or illegal drugs.
Child Care - Child care specialists will provide resources to assist employees and their family members with any issue involving children, such as prenatal care, adoption, nanny/daycare agencies, parenting, child development, etc.
Adult Care - Resources and counseling in every area of adult care or elder care, including nursing homes/assisted living facilities, home care agencies, hospice care, Medicaid/ Medicare, transportation, meal delivery, etc.
Academic - A wide range of resources are available to assist employees in locating all levels of academic institutions, from pre-school through college and continuing education. Workplace Challenges - Help and counseling for work-related interpersonal problems (excluding direct intervention in the manager-employee relationship).
Health & Wellness - Counseling, information, referrals and support for individuals with physical health issues.
Financial and Legal - Information and resources to assist employees and their family members with debt management, budgeting, divorce and family law, landlord and tenant law, recording wills and estate planning, and more.
The University offers the Work/Life Program through Corporate Counseling Associates (CCA) at no charge to the employee or members of the employee's family . CCA's experienced team of counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-833-8707 for a confidential consultation.
In addition, the new CUNY Work/Life website has hundreds of educational articles, useful tips and internet resources: www.cuny.edu/worklife
Throughout the year, the Work/Life Resources Office sponsors free workshops that address a variety of family concerns. These informal lunch time workshops provide faculty and staff access to relevant work and life balance topics from experts in the field. Some topics include choosing child care, parenting, divorce issues, eldercare, housing for the elderly, grief, teenage issues, real estate and balancing work and life commitments.