Responding to COVID-19 | Provider Self-Care
Responding to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health. Now more than ever, it is essential to provide resources and best self-care practices information to the mental health workforce. Self-care gives providers the fuel needed to be effective within formal, professional roles. Self-care is about nourishing the mind and body and accessing an important source of strength: each other.
The following are MHTTC events and resources geared to behavioral health providers and building strategies for ongoing self-care tactics to enhance personal and professional resilience.
New Online Course!
Developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, this course consists of 3 one-hour modules with interactive exercises and assessments focusing on:
-Self-Care Strategies to Survive and Thrive: Why does it matter?
-Wellness Frameworks and Strategies: The Dimensions
-Personal and Professional Resilience: Coming back stronger than ever
Note: This course has been pre-approved for CE credits.
MHTTC Upcoming Events:
Northwest MHTTC in partnership with the Northwest PBIS Network
National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC
November 17 at 3pm ET
Monthly at 10-10:30am PT / 1-1:30pm ET, October 2020 - June 2021 Register
Great Lakes MHTTC
***The Great Lakes MHTTC and PTTC present this webinar for prevention practitioners and mental health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI
December 17 at 8am PT / 11am ET Register
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This toolkit is designed to help guide conversations to include a trauma-informed, equitable, and compassionate lens to providing mental health supports to every member of the school community. Because we will all return to school as different people than when we left, caring leaders are seeking to support each other in turning our tragedies into growth, recognizing the joys amongst the ongoing and profound difficulties, and re-establishing school communities to serve everyone, with greater justice and equity.
This webinar offered information on awareness, self-care, and connection with others so public health workers can develop a plan for maintaining their mental health. We discussed common issues such as coping with fear, anxiety, and loss; changing work demands; navigating family relationships; and coping with an uncertain future as the pandemic continues.
Compassion Fatigue: Additional Risks while Serving Vulnerable Populations During a Pandemic | Mountain Plains MHTTC
This session raised awareness about compassion fatigue - which is the cost of caring for people who are in emotional and physical pain. This session provided attendees with an overview of the symptoms of compassion fatigue and how unaddressed compassion fatigue can lead to burnout. Attendees had an opportunity to assess their current level of compassion fatigue and be provided with tools and resources to build compassion satisfaction for better self-care.
Recording coming soon!
Many workers have been pushed to the limit as they seek to adjust to a “new normal.” This presentation defined and identified signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue while also offering suggestions in avoiding and/or overcoming compassion fatigue. We also discussed healthy self-care activities while also developing boundaries and a balance between work and home life. You can also view the accompanying fact sheet here.
Developed by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, this series is focused on addressing compassion fatigue which includes elements of burnout (work demands that outpace psychological resources), secondary traumatic stress (vicarious traumatization), direct traumatic stress (the experience of fear when treating patients), and prior traumatic stress history (Figley et al., 2004). Its signs resemble those seen in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and include physiological hyper-arousal, anxiety, avoidance, social withdrawal, irritability, and persistent thoughts about difficult, “traumatic” clinical experiences.
COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources | Pacific Southwest MHTTC
The Pacific Southwest MHTTC curated a series of topical resource sheets to help you find high-quality tools and information on caring for yourself, your families, and the communities you serve.
With the current public health crisis, we are facing a new way of engaging and teaching our students. While some of us may have been doing some assignments remotely in the past this new platform and the current social distancing orders have created a whole new set of stressors on our educators, their students, and families. This webinar provides some helpful hints to help us all survive and thrive during this time while simultaneously taking care of ourselves, our students, and their families.
Educator Wellness Series | Northwest MHTTC
The Northwest MHTTC, in Partnership with WellEducator & the Northwest PBIS Network, brings you the Educator Wellness Series! This Educator Wellness Series is designed for you, the educator, to take a break from what can feel like an overwhelming hustle to prepare, deliver, and support your students and focus on your own wellbeing. We designed this 4 Session Series to support you in tapping into your resiliency skills, increasing your self-compassion, creating self-care routines, building a practice of gratitude and appreciation, and celebrating - even those small successes - to support your wellbeing.
- Session 1: Cultivating a Community of Compassion During Times of Stress
- Session 2: Supporting Educator Wellbeing: Wellness Tips to Help You S.O.A.R.
- Session 3: Trying to Change that Negative Loop of Self-Criticism and Perfectionism? Mindfulness Practices Can Help!
- Session 4: Cultivating a Practice of Gratitude and Appreciation in Your School Community
- Helpful links & resources shared throughout the series
This presentation focuses on prioritizing self-care while working from home. Presenters introduce the impact of job burnout, as well as how to recognize signs and symptoms; define “Social Emotional Learning” and provide examples on how this can be included in the classroom or virtually; discuss tools to help prevent burn-out, and set boundaries to separate work time from personal and develop a self-care plan.
Mental Health Providers and Vicarious Trauma During National Emergencies | National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
The presenter discussed the dimensions of vicarious trauma, the concepts of compassion fatigue and burning syndrome, the neurobiology of accompaniment in mental health professionals, individual responses and their implications at the organizational level, the post-natural events experience, and strategies to face the effects of vicarious trauma.
English and Spanish recordings coming soon!
This webinar training explores the differences between and strategies to counter fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. Participants also learn strategies to enhance well-being and promote job satisfaction.
A public health crisis causes distress for all involved, including providers of behavioral health services. Attending to our personal well-being during this time is just as important as supporting individuals receiving services. Hosted by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, this webinar recording highlighted specific tools, strategies, and resources that promote provider well-being.
This is a list of resources that have been compiled (and continues to be updated weekly) during the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC's ongoing series: Strategies of Support for Mental Health Providers - Empowering one another during times of crisis. This guide was tailored for providers who are Native and/or are working with American Indian and Alaska Native individuals.
This one-pager provides an overview of resources for primary care providers experiencing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic or other health care crises.
Self-Care and Compassion for the Educator Webinar Series | Northwest MHTTC in partnership with the Northwest PBIS Network
During these sessions, participants practice skills to decrease stressors on mind/body systems to stay connected to the wonders and curiosities of teaching using evidence-based mindfulness practices, radical acceptance and values-driven goal setting.
These are overwhelming times. Stress, anxiety, fear, loss, and grief – all part of ordinary life – are exponentially heightened in this time of pandemic. How do we name what we’re experiencing? How do we stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit? How do we keep gentleness and compassion alive for self and others?
This handout for educators and school mental health providers provides tips for recharging after a school year cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recording coming soon!
This Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC) issue brief shares results of the reflective conversations the New England MHTTC has had with C-TLC Fellows - a unique group of district leaders, educators, and school-based mental health professionals with whom the New England MHTTC has built a sense of trust and community over the past 18 months.
The Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) hosted mutual support calls for mental health supervisors and direct service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the document are tips and resources that supervisors have shared with us over the last few weeks to address the challenges of providing supervision during this current crisis.
Coping with a public health emergency can be stressful and worrisome. This resource, developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, addresses steps you can take to care for yourself during difficult times. There are also services and supports available if you need a higher level of emotional care.
Developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, this resource addresses that a public health crisis can cause distress for all involved, including providers of behavioral health services. Attending to your personal well-being during this time is just as important as supporting the individuals you serve. Providers are encouraged to be aware of the toll that working with others in distress can have on their own mental well-being.
The recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted mental health providers and all who provide support and care in unanticipated ways. This webinar provided attendees with a brief overview of how the body can react to the stress and trauma related to COVID-19. In this webinar, we introduced several evidence-based strategies to reduce anxiety, distress, and hyperarousal. Additional resources can also be found here.
This webinar focused on how providers are coping and how to best support this critical segment of the workforce. Participants learned how hopelessness, fatigue, stress, trauma, and social distancing are impacting the well-being of mental health and substance use practitioners. Presenters highlighted the need to practice self-compassion, holistic wellness, and self-care as essential strategies to deal with compassion fatigue and burnout.
While it can be difficult to reflect in the midst of a crisis - like in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic - this session dedicated time to exploring strategies for improving leadership’s response in times of crisis. This session explored the Crisis Leadership Continuum (readiness, response, recovery, and renewal), highlighting health care leadership approaches and strategies integral to ensuring staff wellbeing through crisis.
Fact Sheets and Tip Sheets
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is standing by 24/7 to support you during the pandemic & beyond. Toll-free, multilingual, & confidential support services are available to all residents in the U.S. & its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.