How we can help

1 on 1 Consulting and Wellness Planning

Grand Valley provides a work life consultant assist faculty and staff with their wellness by providing individual coaching. Appointments are available to discuss personal or professional issues impacting wellness. A work life consultant provides resources, support, education, referrals, and wellness tools. Issues commonly addressed:

  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce
  • Being more mindful at work
  • Anxiety
  • Struggles with adult children
  • Caring for an elderly parent
  • Support for new parents/ working parents

Services provided during one on one coaching include:

  • Creating a wellness plan
  • Planning for stressful events
  • Generating action plans
  • Referral to community resources
  • Referral to Encompass, EAP
  • Referral to GVSU internal resources
  • A listening ear to provide education, support, and tools for getting “unstuck.”

Schedule an appointment online 

Or, request an appointment by emailing or calling 616-331-8011. Appointments are kept private and are available at all GVSU locations. Email and phone consultations are also available.

If you are a supervisor requesting support for supervisee, you have several options:

  • For a mental health or substance abuse concern contact the work life consultant. There is a process for referring employees for assessments. This is done in collaboration with Human Resources Director of staff relations and development.
  • For formal support contact Dev Butler, Director of Staff relations and development. Dev coaches supervisors to enhance individual and team functioning. He answers questions regarding policy and union agreements. He is also involved in the grievance and discipline process. 

Email Dev 

If you are concerned about a colleague’s well-being, there are options:

  • If you experience a level of high concern due to high risk please call 911 or GVPD. (Note: Work life consultant is not able to do well checks on individuals in crisis. There are several emergency options for individuals in crisis.)
  • If you are concerned for the safety of an individual, call the non-emergency helpline for your county (example: Kent County Emergency # (616-698-6580) and ask for a well check visit.
  • Contact 24/7 crisis line at Encompass (employee assistance program) at 1-800-788-8630. They can provide consultation to yourself or the individual.

If you are looking for support for yourself or your colleague and there is no imminent risk, there are options for you:

  • The career consultant is a partner for professional career development. She can guide through work place challenges, help set goals, and craft strategies for career success. Visit the Career Services page.
  • Work life consultant can help discuss solutions and determine what support might be needed to move forward.
  • Know when-and how-to help worksheet

Conflict Resolution Process: How can Work Life Consultant help me when I am dealing with conflict?

GVSU is aware that the potential for conflict always exists. It is important that you know there are personal, supportive, and formal steps for you to resolve conflict. There are resources and key contacts that can listen and talk you through your options to help you decide which route to take. Review the process

The Work Life Consultant is a supportive option for individuals and departments. Options include:

  • One-on-one individual meetings. Learn tools for interpersonal effectiveness and discuss options and resources.
  • Facilitated Conversations. Work Life Consultant will meet with each individual party, followed by a facilitated conversation. This is considered a preventative step and all parties have to be agreeable.
  • Coordination support. The Work Life Consultant can help coordinate on-site support from Encompass (Employee Assistance Program) upon supervisor/dean approval.

To make an anonymous report call Anonymous Reporting:

Anonymous reporting is available for individuals who prefer to report concerns to the university anonymously through a system hosted by a third party provider.


Departmental and Team Support

Work Life Consultant is available to develop creative interventions for departments. Examples include and are not limited to:

  • We need a neutral party to help us brainstorm
  • We want to offer departmental specific wellness programming
  • We are working on an initiative or project and would like consultation from Health and Wellness
  • We want to learn more about what services are available during a departmental meeting

Deans for Wellness

Human Resources Health and Wellness is pleased to provide staffing and resources for the Deans for Wellness Initiative in partnership with Deans to promote the value of health and wellness for faculty and staff throughout the university. Each Dean is invited to join the initiative by implementing at least one wellness signature event or program in their college or school during the academic year. 

Certified Healthy Departments

Human Resources Health and Wellness at Grand Valley State University aims to be the Healthiest Campus in Michigan. One way to embrace and support the value of health and wellness is through the Certified Healthy Department Program. Your Departments will be recognized in a variety of ways, joining others, as partners with Human Resources Health and Wellness. Apply now by clicking here:

Work Life Presentations

Want to learn more about how to stay well? Presentations are available upon request for faculty and staff. Simply contact the Work Life Consultant and request a presentation. Topics include and are not limited to:

  • Wellness benefits available at GVSU;
  • Interpersonal effectiveness in the work place; and
  • Mindfulness tools for work and life

Encompass (Employee Assistance Program) is available to attend departmental meetings and to facilitate trainings. Simply contact the work life consultant to coordinate a presentation.

A list of topics include:

  • Individual Development.
  • Change Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Managing Conflict
  • Stress Management
  • Effective Team Work
  • Looking for something else? Just Ask!

Page last modified February 21, 2019