Educators and school-based staff play important roles in supporting student mental health, often listening to students’ fears and helping them cope with stressful events. In addition, educators and staff report working long days and feeling overwhelmed by juggling many job responsibilities – including the abrupt shift to remote learning as a result of school closures. The cumulative effect of this stress can take the form of compassion fatigue, burnout, or secondary traumatic stress, which contribute to lower job satisfaction and educator turnover. This live webinar training will explore the differences between and strategies to counter fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. Participants will also learn strategies to enhance well-being and promote job satisfaction.
Kristin Scardamalia, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine National Center for School Mental Health. Dr. Scardamalia has extensive experience working with high needs youth and their families as a school psychologist in both the public schools and juvenile services. Her research focuses on the intersection of the education, juvenile justice, and mental health systems including development and implementation of social emotional learning skills. Dr. Scardamalia has contributed to the development and dissemination of a national curriculum promoting comprehensive school mental health with an emphasis on educator well-being.
- Describe contributors to and symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress
- Gain an understanding of experiences with compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress
- Learn strategies to improve well-being and to counter compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress
Who Should Attend?
Elementary educators (Ohio County, West Virginia: Woodsdale Elementary School, Elm Grove Elementary School)