Curriculum

One-Day Program

Work Wellness: The Basics – one-day curriculum.

CPR & First Aid

This topic provides a two year certification in Basic CPR and First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, or Childcare CPR/First Aid depending on the need of the client, through EMS Safety Services.


One-Week Program

Work Wellness: The Basics – traditional, one-week curriculum.

This program may be used for CalWORKs participants that have been identified by their case managers as having the following barriers or needs:

  • Frequent job losses (quits and firings) or excuses for not participating.
  • Prerequisite for participants without a job history before they enter Supervised Job Search.
  • Participants with job offered but the job will not start for one or more weeks.
  • Participants who are identified by career assessment counselor as needing life skills training.
  • Having difficulty in making satisfactory progress or lack of follow-through on assigned activities.
  • Participants who are waiting to start vocational education, job training program, or during school breaks.

 


Three-Week Program

Work Wellness: The Basics – three-week curriculum.

This program is recommended for participants with one or more serious obstacles/barriers to preparation for entering the work world or being successful once they obtain a job. Examples of participants who might qualify for the extended curriculum are those in recovery from drugs and alcohol, those with serious health problems (mental, emotional or physical), those with self-esteem so low it interferes with a positive presentation of self, those in abusive relationships, and those with minimal life skills.

During the one-week and three-week program fifteen instructors, each an expert in their field, teach the following:

Monday

  • Success is a Choice

    This topic covers the power of positive self-image, discovering your vision and purpose, setting goals that motivate, and keys to achieving success in life.

  • Dress for Success

    This topic includes a slide show, image presentation, personal appearance and grooming techniques, and make overs.

  • Love the Skin You’re In

    This topic offers discussion on holistic skin care and emphasizes that healthy skin depends on nutrition, exercise and stress management, as well as good daily skin care using natural products.

  • Physical Wellness

    This topic is highlighted as a life skill for maintaining health, increasing energy and obtaining balance for work.  Basic breathing techniques and non-strenuous movements are taught to help reduce stress at work, avoid work-related injuries, promote relaxation, and increase concentration all of which will ultimately result in greater productivity and less absenteeism.

Tuesday

  • Managing Job Stress

    This topic includes the effects of stress on one’s body and mind, how to recognize one’s own stress signals and those of others, the specific contributors to workplace stress and strategies for dealing with it.  This critical life skill topic encourages clients to have more power over their lives and better coping mechanisms for dealing with stress.  Knowledge gained will increase success in the workplace which ultimately contributes to sustaining employment.

  • Healthy Eating for Better Job Performance

    This topic covers eating for energy and wellness.  How to recognize the signs that trigger poor nutritional choices and appropriate ways to deal with these triggers will be addressed.   Additionally, clients will learn the important life skill of making better nutritional choices through an understanding of healthy eating guidelines and weight management techniques.

Wednesday

  • Temperaments in the Work Place

    This topic utilizes the True Colors career self-assessment tool to identify individual strengths and qualities in a fun and lighthearted way.  It encourages clients to recognize, understand, and appreciate the differences in others and how these differences impact relationships at work.  It also increases individual self-knowledge in relationship to job choice, self-confidence, respect, dignity, esteem, worthiness and character.

  • Health Issues that Interfere with Job Performance and Attendance

    This topic explores health issues that could interfere with job performance and attendance. This will ensure that clients are aware of common viruses, infections, diseases, and conditions and the preventative measures one can take to avoid and/or treat them. This topic will also address employer’s expectations regarding attendance and absenteeism due to health related issues.

Thursday

  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

    This topic focuses on effective communication, what you see versus what you get, blocks to listening, techniques for active listening, and role-playing activities that can be used constructively to assist any difficult situation in the workplace.

  • The Working Parent

    This topic covers stresses of parenting and clarifies differences between discipline and punishment.  Additionally, it provides solutions for overcoming obstacles such as being a single parent, child care, and behavior problems that parents may face.

Friday

  • Safety and Prevention of Personal and Workplace Violence

    This topic outlines ways to identify and handle potentially dangerous or abusive situations that interfere with work.  Domestic violence, the cycle of violence, obstacles to leaving a domestically violent relationship, warning signs, safety plan, effects on children, and myths versus facts about domestic violence will be reviewed.  Additionally, examples of workplace violence will be discussed.  Clients will gain an understanding of how violence or harassment in or brought to the workplace will interfere with job performance and is cause for dismissal from the job.

Note: Each week ends with a review and evaluation of the entire curriculum and a completion ceremony.  Participants receive individualized affirmations, certificates of attendance, and useful and inspirational gifts.

Additional topics for the Three-Week program

In the Three-Week program, participants have the same classes as the One-Week program. The topics above are expanded on and they have four additional topics in their curriculum.

  • Anger Management

    This topic will include the definition, causes, facts and perceptions about anger. Other possible topics include barriers to success in dealing with anger and techniques for dealing with anger.

  • Getting a Jump Start on Your Career

    This topic covers life skill topics that assist individuals in setting long and short-term job/career related goals.  Topics include how to eliminate poor self-management habits and routines including how to tear down procrastination, how to get organized, and how to get control of their own time and life.  Participants will learn how to accomplish more by setting achievable goals.

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace:

    This topic addresses the reality that workplace substance abuse is on the rise.  Definitions for drug abuse, self-assessments to detect possible problems with drugs and/or alcohol, and referral sources to obtain help with addictions will be covered. Co-occurring disorders will be addressed as well.

  • Money Management

    This topic offers everyday tips on saving money.  Included are inexpensive household tips for cleaning and cooking, budgeting, savings, understanding your credit score, improving credit, and obtaining a free credit report. Teaching-learning activities include: lecture, games, exercises, discussion and interaction among participants.