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MAP services during coronavirus

The UFT Member Assistance Program is helping union members cope with the COVID-19 pandemic with individual consultations, virtual support groups and online resources.

What kind of services can you receive?

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  • The UFT Member Assistance Program has partnered with mental health professionals at the Center for Trauma and Stress Education to bring UFT members this six-week group session on managing stress and trauma recovery. We recognize how these unprecedented times have caused many of us to feel anxious and overwhelmed. These sessions will allow you to:
    • Manage the range of emotions you may be experiencing.
    • Learn coping skills to help ease anxiety.
    • Stay connected with others and implement mental health strategies to improve both your work and home life.
      These virtual sessions will be conducted via Zoom and are available to all UFT members, free of cost. Attendance at all six sessions is required. Register online »
  • Virtual support groups. During this time, staying connected is crucial to your well-being. The following groups are being offered via a HIPPA-compliant Zoom videoconference:
    • Taming the Volcano Inside of You: The pandemic has led to negative emotions for many people. Learn to identify your emotional triggers, develop healthy coping skills and enhance your interpersonal relationships by taming the volcano inside you. Register online »
    • Grief and loss support group: Grieving the loss of a loved one or colleague can be difficult and complicated. You don’t have to go through it alone. Connect with other members who are also experiencing a loss, whether due to COVID-19 or another cause. Register online »
  • Individual phone assessments and consultations. Call 212-701-9620 or email MAP at mapinfo@uft.org with your request and a licensed clinician will get back to you within 48 hours.
  • Online resources: Visit the UFT website for online podcasts, meditations, books or webinars that can help you through these times.
    • Classroom Café Podcast: The Classroom Café podcast is meant to inspire, nourish and motivate you. Check it out for topics such as managing your fear and anxiety during the pandemic, mindfulness and compassion, healthier eating, inclusive schools and more. These podcasts can also be found on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, and SoundCloud.
  • Referrals for you and your family members to appropriate outside services including, but not limited to:
    • Mental health: clinics, psychotherapists, psychiatrists
    • Substance use treatment centers
    • Legal and financial services
    • Support with trauma, bereavement and loss