Our Commitment

The University of Colorado Boulder Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) regularly offers a variety of programs as part of the university’s commitment to a psychologically healthy workplace. There is no cost to University of Colorado Boulder employees for these programs.

Retirement Income Planning

Will you have enough money? Retirement income planning is the process of understanding how much income you’ll need during your retirement years to support the retirement lifestyle you want, and positioning your assets to provide that income. While there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan, there are steps you can take to maximize the possibility of a financially secure retirement.

  • How to plan for when your retirement will start, (including the impact of early retirement, delayed retirement, and working in retirement), how long it will last, and the retirement lifestyle you want.
  • Steps to estimate the amount of money you’ll need in retirement to meet your goals, factoring in health-care costs, taxes, and inflation.
  • How to supplement fixed income sources such as Social Security and an employer pension with our retirement savings, including the products and investment strategies you should consider, a sustainable withdrawal rate, and the best order to tap various accounts.

Elevations Credit Union is proud to partner with CU Boulder, in providing to the employees of CU Boulder this informative seminar on “Retirement Income Planning". Elevations will provide beginning tools to the employees, so that they can walk away knowing more about the world of financial planning, and how important learning about planning is to everybody. Elevations Credit Union will be providing lunch before the seminar begins! So please come! And we might even have some door prizes!!!

Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: University Memorial Center, Room 247

Jeanette Beatty is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and registered Financial Advisor through CUSO Financial Services, L.P., at Elevations Credit Union. Jeanette has been collaborating with members of the Boulder community as they work toward their financial goals since 2006. After graduating from a small liberal arts school on the East Coast, she moved to Colorado and has been loving every minute of it. Jeanette is passionate about devising financial strategies for all life’s stages and transitions including, retirement planning, education savings, job relocation, and family status changes. Jeanette enjoys volunteering with the Elevations Reality Check for Youth financial literacy program and Junior Achievement.

Mindfulness & Stress Management Series

Stress management is a concern for everyone in these busy and uncertain times. In this educational and participatory workshop series, we will learn and practice several different effective strategies for reducing everyday life stress, including mindfulness, meditation, visualization, guided imagery, cognitive restructuring, emotional health and regulation, communication, assertiveness, and movement. Participants will be asked to commit to attending all eight sessions and complete outside assignments for maximum benefit. We will meet weekly for an hour to an hour and a half.

  • Dates: Thursdays, March through April 2018 - 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 
  • Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 
  • Location: CU Art Museum Education Room

Paulette Erickson England, LCSW

Senior Counselor, Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

Education: Master of Social Work, 2003; Bachelor Degree in Psychology, 1993

Additional Training and Certifications: EMDR, NaBITa Threat Assessment Certification, Graduate-level training in Depth Psychology.

Brief Summary of Professional History : Professional counseling and social work experience include 10 years County Social Work in Child Welfare, supervision, client counseling and advocacy; 6 years in private practice providing counseling to individuals, families, and couples; 3+ years at FSAP providing counseling, work-life presentations, support groups, clinical internship supervision and program coordination.

Brief Personal Information: Outside of FSAP, I spend time with my family, including my 2 children. I also enjoy music, continuing education in my field, participating in Sprint distance triathlons, hiking, and writing.

Personal Sustainability: How You Work Is Just as Important as What You Do

If you’re draining yourself in the process of getting the job done, that’s not sustainable—for you or your organization. Yet, with increasing pressure to do more with less, how can you work in natural, healthy ways to ensure you fulfill your purpose without draining your most important resource—you? In this interactive session, we’ll talk about how to use the obstacles and challenges you face in your job to gain insight and new ideas about what you can change and practical ways to do that right where you are. Presented by Christine Gust from Create Satisfying Work. 

Lunch is provided and sponsored by Elevations Credit Union. 

  • Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: University Memorial Center (UMC), room 247

About Christine Gust

The theme of Christine's sessions are centered around her mission to support people who want to break out of old paradigms and limiting behaviors to create innovations and new possibilities, both personally and professionally. Christine Gust

Incorporating recent findings in psychology and neuroscience, expertise in innovative techniques, and practical business experience, Christine teaches employers and their staff how to identify and transform counterproductive behaviors that negatively impact their performance, health, and satisfaction.

In addition to 10 years in private practice, Christine earned an MBA and Doctor of Naturopathy degrees and builds on 15 years Human Resources


Nutrition for Stress Management

Let’s face it; stress is a component of life, but certain foods and habits can make everyday life stressors feel much worse and even make you sick. Learn how to plan meals to reduce stress on your body for more energy, better mood, less sugar cravings and the increased ability to handle daily ups and downs. Hint – it starts with breakfast! Presented by Jen Marshall, CNT

Please join us for a great lunch and informative seminar!! And let’s get moving to a healthier lifestyle in 2018!

Elevations Credit Union is proud to partner with CU Boulder, in providing to the employees of CU Boulder this informative seminar on “Nutrition for Stress Management”. Elevations will provide informative tools to the employees, so that they can walk away knowing more about the world of nutrition, and how important learning about nutrition and how it affects stress management is to everybody.

Elevations Credit Union will be providing lunch before the seminar begins! 

Date: Monday, May 14th, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: University Memorial Center, Room 247

Jen Marshall, CNT

Jen Marshall, CNTAs a certified nutrition therapist at the Louisville Wellness Center and founder of Be Balanced Healing, LLC, Jen’s specialty is helping clients regain balance while juggling life’s many responsibilities. Her background in marketing for the organic food industry helped shape her knowledge of today’s food politics and how they impact your health. She received the master certification in nutrition therapy from Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutritionâ (Candidate). Jen is also a health writer, lecturer, media spokesperson and consultant to organic and natural brands. 


Grief Support Group

Experiencing grief can be an overwhelming experience and is often confusing and frightening. Although bereavement can be quite painful, it is not a sickness or abnormal condition. It is not something to be “cured” or “fixed.” Rather, it is part of the natural human response to losing someone close to us—the cost of loving and being loved. This group will meet once a week in a group setting for those who are recently bereaved or just beginning the grief process. Sessions include information about grief, support to determine your own needs and coping skills, and time to share experiences. Handouts will provide additional information that participants can share with others.

Weekly meetings Jan. 17, 2018 to March 14, 2018; 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.; C4C S435

Connie has a Master of Science in marriage and family therapy, 2013; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in curriculum and instruction and educational policy studies, 2007; Master of Arts in educational policy studies, 2004; Bachelor of Arts in human biology, 1998. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has completed the sensorimotor psychotherapy level one trauma training. She began working in CU-Boulder’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program in March 2016. Her professional counseling experience includes three years in private practice and one year at a Longmont clinic providing counseling to individuals, partners/couples and families as well as one year providing counseling to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a therapist, Connie was a faculty member in a school of education and an academic advisor for biology and psychology undergraduate students.

Amy is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Naropa University with a concentration in mindfulness-based transpersonal counseling. Amy received her bachelor’s degree from Naropa University as well in Contemplative Psychology. She has studied Gestalt (a somatically-based therapy), Internal Family Systems (parts work), and is a PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) level one therapist. Before returning to school at Naropa, Amy worked primarily in customer service and management.

Register for the Grief Group

You are also welcome to email Connie North (Connie.North@colorado.edu) for more information or to register.

Mindful Awareness: The Gateway to Physical and Emotional Health

In this series of classes we will explore how Mindful Awareness can be a powerful tool for both physical and emotional healing.  You will learn to access the transforming potential of this inner awareness to enhance your health and bring inner wellbeing.

Tuesdays, February 6, 2018 through February 20, 2018

Lauren Taylor is an educator and healer who works with Mindful awareness to promote inner growth and radiant health. As a Naturopath, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher, she has worked with the Mind-body connection for over 30 years. She teaches individuals and groups in the US, Canada and internationally. It is her pleasure to connect individuals to the harmony, insight, and understanding that inner awareness can bring.

Please email Paulette Erickson England (Paulette.ericksonengland@colorado.edu ) to register for this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops & Groups