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Examining Our Unconscious Bias
As workplaces become more diverse, it's important we pay attention to unconscious bias.
By Nancy Boyle EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute As our communities and workplaces continue to evolve and become more diverse, we need to pay attention to what professional practices may need to change along the way. We need to examine our unconscious bias . Unconscious bias includes the social...
Can Pets Help Our Mental Health?
Pets, including dogs, can provide mental health benefits.
By Stephanie Schafer, M.Ed., LPC, NCC Village EAP Counselor If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know the challenges and the rewards that can come from having animals in our lives. With the seemingly growing trend of emotional support animals that we have heard in the news, such as an...
How EMDR Can Help Kids
Close up of a child's eyes
When something bad happens to us, the whole body remembers it. Negative thoughts can get stuck in places where talk therapy just can’t reach. Kids might not be able to express traumatic or disturbing memories – “icky” or “mixed up” thoughts and feelings, as Grand Forks Village therapist Janet Amundson...
What Happens At My First Appointment?
An intake session is the first appointment you'll have when you see a counselor.
Sometimes uncertainty stops us from seeking help. Knowing what to expect can put your mind at ease and make taking that next step easier. In this video, Employee Assistance Program Counselor Katie Figuerres explains what happens when you contact The Village for an appointment, and what that first intake session...
Impulsive Spender? 9 Ways to Get Better
Impulsive spending can become compulsive and lead to debt
You grab a candy bar at the cash register, or unexpectedly swing into the coffee shop drive-thru. You were just going to browse at the mall until you saw that pair of shoes. You didn't really need that new tech gadget, but it was such a good deal. Everyone has...