Join the Mid-America MHTTC for an informational 101 on our approach to supporting health care workers: The Adult Resilience Curriculum for Health Professionals. This webinar is geared toward health care professionals, administrators, and stakeholders interested in developing a culture of well-being. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the what, why, and how of the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC), as well as the most up-to-date information on stress: how it affects us psychologically and biologically, why it is necessary in certain situations, and how it relates to our overall well-being.
ARC for Health Professionals is a 10-module model for implementing well-being at both the individual and organizational level. The curriculum is rooted in adult positive psychology and organizational well-being theories and has been adapted to apply across medical and educational settings. During the webinar, our Center will also present upcoming activities and trainings related to professional well-being, including a visit from two special guests: Dr. Jordan Thayer and Dr. Hannah West, to preview their new podcast, Burnout Busters.
Dr. Erika Franta is the school mental health program director for the Mid-America MHTTC and an assistant professor in the psychology department at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Franta has specialized training in juvenile forensic assessments and treatment, which led to her passion for increasing access to mental and behavioral health care for children, adolescents, and families through school, medical, and community systems. Dr. Franta approaches her work through a strengths-based and prevention lens and takes a systems-level approach to implementation of mental health initiatives across all settings. She oversees our Center's team of faculty and regional trainers and engages in training and technical assistance with educational leadership teams and school mental health providers in implementation of comprehensive school mental health supports. Dr. Franta also provides training and supervision in psycho-educational assessments, school consultation, and integrated care. She received her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her doctoral internship at Travis County Juvenile Probation in Austin, Texas, and her post-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.
Brittany Liebsack, PhD, LP, is a faculty trainer for the Mid-America MHTTC's school mental health team, developing and providing training and technical assistance at the universal, targeted and intensive levels. Passionate about the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for children and their families, Dr. Liebsack helps our Center implement comprehensive mental health programming via the most accessible mental health providers for youths and teens: our schools. Throughout her undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research and clinical experiences, Dr. Liebsack became aware of and frustrated by the research-to-practice gap in the use of evidence-based practices in community settings and routine care. This led to her pursuit of graduate training and research interests in implementation, dissemination, and patient/family engagement in and barriers to treatment. Dr. Liebsack’s clinical interests include school mental health, integrated primary care, trauma/anxiety, and externalizing behavior. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at West Virginia State and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute, where she is now a postdoctoral fellow.
Jordan Thayer, PhD, PLP, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is a member of the research and implementation team behind the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC). He received his doctorate in school psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In both graduate school and in his work at MMI, he has split his time between collaborative research with schools and staff and practicing school-based mental health. These experiences developed Dr. Thayer's appreciation for the real-world challenges that every teacher faces when trying to implement what we know works to help kids develop academically, socially, emotionally, and mentally — particularly when teaching children with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultural values. Although recognized, these challenges are not always addressed, leaving teachers stressed and overwhelmed. ARC was designed to provide a flexible, contextual approach to support teachers’ personal well-being development by incorporating various skills and strategies into their daily lives. Dr. Thayer also works with school leaders and policymakers to remove outside factors that cause educator stress so that teachers’ well-being is supported by their own skills and by their environment.
Hannah West, PhD, PLP, is a regional trainer for the Mid-America MHTTC and postdoctoral behavioral health provider at Sunflower Pediatric Behavioral Health in Shawnee, Kansas. Dr. West completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at Henderson State University, a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Missouri State University, and a doctorate in school psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. West is passionate about assisting schools and districts at the systems level through consultation and coaching to match student academic, behavioral and mental health needs with resources available through the development of multi-tiered systems of support. As a trainer for the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) PREPaRE curriculum, she is also passionate about working with schools to implement best-practice prevention, intervention, and postvention supports related to school crises. She began working with the Mid-America MHTTC's school mental health team during her predoctoral internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, but recently was promoted to regional trainer in Missouri and Kansas.