Educator Wellness Webinars

Educator Wellness

 

The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Northwest PBIS Network are collaborating to bring you a FREE, 4-part webinar series presented by WellEducator, LLC

 

The Educator Wellness Webinar Series is part of The Well-Being Series - Connections During COVID-19: Mental Wellness Webinars for Families and Educators. Click here to learn more about our series of webinars for kids, parents, and educators, focusing on mental wellness and suicide prevention. 


RECORDING & PRESENTATION MATERIALS WILL BE POSTED ON THIS PAGE FOR ALL 4 WEBINARS AFTER EACH EVENT.


At WellEducator we wholeheartedly believe that nurturing others begins by nurturing oneself. 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 also believe EVERY educator is doing the best they can, and there is always room for growth and development.

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. We know you are showing up for your students, that’s what you do! It’s time to take a time out just for you!


"I absolutely loved the webinar and participated in the exercises of mindfulness and breathing. Letting go of what you cannot change is an important message and focusing on what you can is key. I enjoyed the cartoon video that spoke to having and accepting feelings AND acting towards your values. I think Renee sends powerful messages in simple ways and I love it!"

*Quote from Lisa Hanson, Supervisor at Early Education Program (EEP) Eugene, Or.

 

 


Educator Wellness Webinar #1: Cultivating a Community of Compassion During Times of Stress

April 3rd, 2020
1pm - 2:30 pm 

Compassion is how you respond in the face of someone’s suffering, including your own. Educators can experience compassion fatigue as they care for students experiencing difficulties expressing their emotions in healthy and productive ways. Compassion fatigue can affect school communities and cause friction between staff and students, amongst colleagues and between staff and administration. Building compassion takes practice and can lead to many positive benefits including stronger communities. In this webinar, participants will learn the benefits of a practice of mindful compassion on wellbeing, how to practice mindful compassion to cultivate strong school communities, and how to practice self-compassion to enhance resiliency and combat compassion fatigue.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits of a practice of mindful compassion and self-compassion on the wellbeing of self and school community.
  • Learn 3 self-compassion exercises to enhance personal wellbeing.
  • Learn 3 mindful compassion exercises to build a strong, compassionate school community.

 

Presentation Materials:

 


Educator Wellness Webinar #2: Supporting Educator Wellbeing: Wellness Tips to Help You S.O.A.R.

April 24th, 2020

1pm - 2:30 pm 

Being an educator can come with some unique stressors. The effects of stress can lead to negative outcomes for both educators and students. In addition to the action that must happen at the organizational and systemic levels to create and sustain change, educators can boost their resilience through simple - though not always easy - activities and strategies. In this webinar, educators will learn how to: enhance their awareness through mindfulness practices, identify possibilities for enhanced wellbeing and create space to support change and boost resilience.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Learn three mindfulness practices.
  • Identify infinite possibilities for wellness and potential barriers.
  • Identify supports to get “unstuck” and create lasting change.

 

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Educator Wellness Webinar #3: Trying to Change that Negative Loop of Self-Criticism and Perfectionism? Mindfulness Practices Can help!

May 15th, 2020

1pm - 2:30 pm 

 

*Clock hours will be provided.

 

It’s quite easy to form unhelpful habits like self-criticism, perfectionism or obsessively checking social media. A habit loop is a way to try and make ourselves happy by maximizing pleasure and avoiding pain. Once we’re in the loop, there are lots of triggers and cues around to fuel these unhelpful habits. Anything that brings pleasure and/or lessens pain can drive a habit loop. Mindful awareness is a kind of curiosity that can interrupt the habit loop at different points and open the opportunity for new choices. This webinar will illustrate how mindfulness practices can work to help break unhelpful habits. It will also include suggestions for starting a mindfulness practice and lead participants through 3 guided meditation practices.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe how mindfulness practices work to break unhelpful habit loops.
  • Identify ways to start a mindfulness practice.
  • Learn 3 guided meditation practices.

 

Presentation Materials:

 


Educator Wellness Webinar #4: Cultivating a Practice of Gratitude and Appreciation in Your School Community

June 3rd, 2020

1pm - 2:30 pm 

 

*Clock hours will be provided.

 

As the end of the school year approaches it’s the perfect time for celebration and appreciation, which will also lay the foundation for resilience for the days ahead. There are many benefits to expressing appreciation and gratitude including strengthening social connections and increasing self-confidence. A practice of gratitude shifts our attention from the negative to the positive. The ability to make this shift is a useful skill to have in your back pocket throughout the school day and beyond! Come learn how to create a practice of gratitude and appreciation for yourself and others, how to receive and “take in” appreciation and learn a bit about what the research has to say about the benefits of a practice of gratitude and appreciation for both self and your school community.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Learn strategies to create a practice of gratitude and appreciation in your daily routine within a school community.
  • Learn how to receive - really “take in” - and apply appreciation to boost resiliency especially at the end of a school year.
  • Identify several benefits to a practice of gratitude and appreciation to both self and within a school community.

 

Learn more and register here.

 

Presentation Materials:

  • Presentation PDF - COMING SOON!
  • Recording - COMING SOON!

 


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