Professional Well-Being

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Professional Well-Being

 

Overview

Front-line caregivers, including health care workers and school-based providers, have endured atypically high stress levels since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. High mortality, increased health care demands, rationing of basic health care supplies, and moral injury are common causes of burnout during an infectious disease outbreak. In addition to the harmful mental health impacts, burnout can impact performance, meaning it is crucial for us to make the mental health and well-being of these populations a priority.

Fortunately, there are steps we can take to improve professional well-being. While many people, especially in health care, are likely familiar with self-care strategies, these strategies are often misunderstood or underutilized. Sometimes, attention to well-being can even feel challenging or burdensome. Our goal is to help providers incorporate research-backed well-being practices into their lives in new and innovative ways.


 

Our Approach: The Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC)

 

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The Adult Resilience Curriculum, or ARC, 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 it has been adapted to apply across medical and educational settings.

 

Expectations

ARC learners are expected to engage with the "core" modules — Modules 0-5 and Module 10 — at minimum. Modules 0 and 1 introduce the ARC framework and cover foundational knowledge of stress and well-being. Modules 2-5 cover non-negotiable well-being concepts including organizational (contextual) well-being, values identification, mindfulness, and connection. In Module 10, learners reflect upon the skills they've acquired and create an individual wellness plan for the future.

Each module is equipped with corresponding activities for learners to complete. The activities are intrinsic to the curriculum package, and therefore learners are strongly encouraged to complete them.

 

Applications

We have many exciting (and free) materials in development. Check back soon for updates.

 

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