Provider Well-being Support
Northwest MHTTC Provider Well-being Year 3 Supplement
As everyone continues to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a huge toll and significant impact on everyone's mental health. Now more than ever, it is essential to provide resources and best self-care practices 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. We received a supplement geared to behavioral health providers and building strategies for ongoing self-care practices to enhance personal and professional resilience.
Self-care and resilience isn't just about "doing more" or adding to your very full plates. We hope some of these experience will increase a feeling of connection, will reinforce that you aren't struggling alone and that there are tangible and inspirational ways to strengthen our ability to keep providing care for others and ourselves.
Goals to Support Provider Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
The Northwest MHTTC is supporting provider well-being by providing training, technical assistance, and products that:
- Explore the signs, symptoms, and neurological mechanisms of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue unique to mental and medical health providers.
- Identify tools and resources for self-assessment of symptoms related to burnout and offer steps to empower individuals to use resilience-focused approaches to reverse burnout.
- Acknowledge the need for organization-wide responses to provider well-being. This requires that organizations empower providers to engage in their own well-being and self-care. Offering guidance and resources to leaders as they engage in organizational change can have lasting impacts in supporting provider well-being.
- Examine the capacity of building resilience to address job-related stress.
Activities to Support Provider Well-Being
We Make The Path By Walking is an eight-part, open forum and webinar designed to help us reckon with our turbulent world, offering support and direction for a clearer path forward. Interactive sessions bring focus and connection through meaningful group discussion, opening opportunities for personal exploration, insight and the discovery of new ways to navigate life with resilience and hope. Psychotherapeutic modalities drawn from East Asian medicine equips participants with self-nurturance skills such as, meditation and breathing practices, voice-work and body awareness techniques for day to day well-being and sharing with others.
Rebekah Demirel L.Ac. MPCC is the founder and director of Trauma Integration Programs, with more than a decade as an ambulance paramedic, twenty-two years as a paramedic trainer and fifteen years of mental health counseling experience, specializing in post-traumatic stress and critical incident stress. (Licensed in BC) She is also a licensed East Asian medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, practicing in Victoria, BC. Rebekah’s unique skill set and experience are informed by her own traumatic childhood and teen years spent on the street and in the foster care system, giving her a special familiarity and empathy for trauma and loss.
Aleks will provide 8 live webinars supporting resilience for the workforce--see the full series here
Area of focus: anti-racist work, equity, specializing within the LGBTQI2+ and POC (Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian Pacific Islander) communities; Cultural Diversity Trainer x Harm Reduction Specialist x LGBTQ+ Equity Advocate x Program Consultant
Aleks Martin, MSW, LSWAIC, SUDP, MAP has a Master in Social Work from UW, has worked at numerous social service agencies in the area of substance use, public health, HIV/AIDS prevention, national trans* health, COVID-19 response and currently has a private practice focused on LGBTQI2+ People Of Color with particular interest in Asian/Pacific Islander Americans.
Live Learning Communities and Webinars with C4 Innovations
- Sponsored slots in two 5-week learning communities: Providing Trauma-informed Supervision & Best Practices in Whole Person Care
- 6 webinars on trauma, resiliency, supervision, equity
C4's training and technical assistance and consulting services spark learning and transformation through community change efforts, research and evaluation, and innovative product development and dissemination. Their work spans the continuum from prevention and early intervention strategies to housing solutions and recovery supports—all with a focus on transforming lives, systems, and communities. Their expertise is primarily in: Best practices for person-centered and trauma-informed care; Recovery from substance use and mental health conditions; Roles and supports for peers and people with lived experience
NEW! Join Dr. Kira Mauseth as she presents 2 series for the workforce on Disaster Response And Behavioral Health: general workforce and one specific for leadership. These include webinars and smaller skill-building modules. See the full series here
Dr. Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates, teaches as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. Her work and research interests focus on resilience, trauma and disaster behavioral health. She has worked extensively in Haiti with earthquake survivors, in Jordan with Syrian refugees and with first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States. She also conducts trainings with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
ANTHC's Healthy Healers training is designed to increase job retention and reduce burnout of rural providers. The training contains eight modules which cover topics such as loving your job, job stress, self-care, balancing body and mind, emotional balance and spiritual connections, balancing past and present, building a support system, building a sustainable community support system and how to bring all these components together.
Provider Well-Being for School Mental Health Professionals Coming Soon!
- First Episode / Early Psychosis Peer Specialist consultation and self-care support: 4 Regional calls for peers that work in coordinated specialty care to provide training in best practices and resilience for teams providing early intervention in psychosis. Includes 4 consultation calls with subject matter experts plus 4 coordination calls with other peer trainers/facilitators across the MHTTC Network to solidify curriculum development and respective areas of expertise.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for ACT Teams: The work that PACT Teams do can be stressful and overwhelming at times. This can lead to burnout and job dissatisfaction. Having tools at your disposal to help both yourself, your team members, and the people you serve can make a difference in your well-being. This is an intermediate level workshop designed for PACT team members of all levels.
- Family Bridger Peer Navigator project: The Family Bridger (FB) is a novel peer-to-peer model of support to address unmet needs of caregivers of loved ones experiencing early psychosis. While family and caregiver engagement is critical to improving long-term outcomes of individuals experiencing early psychosis, negative caregiver experiences can impede recovery. Peer navigator models have been demonstrated to be a successful method of addressing unmet caregiver needs, though such support for caregivers of loved ones experiencing psychosis is limited. The Family Bridger Program was developed to train caregivers with long-term lived experience caring for an individual experiencing psychosis (Family Bridgers) to serve as peer navigators to address these needs for newer caregivers via interpersonal support, education, advocacy, resource provision, and skill building. FB’s work collaboratively with caregivers to identify needs, co-develop a plan of action, and work with families to meet identified needs.
Provider Well-Being Resources
There are several existing resources that provide information and context on supporting provider well-being. Some of these resources include:
This webpage provides a curated listing of upcoming events, self-paged training, archived training resources and selected SAMHSA publications related to responding to provider well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. The MHTTC Network Coordinating Office updates these resources regularly to highlight training offerings from across the TTC Network.
This self-paced course, developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, consists of three one-hour modules with interactive exercises and assessments on self-care topics. The three modules cover self-care strategies to survive and thrive, wellness frameworks and strategies, and personal and professional resilience. This course has been pre-approved for Continuing Education credits.
This SAMHSA developed tip sheet explores stress and compassion fatigue, as well as signs of distress after a disaster. This tip sheet identifies ways to cope and enhance resilience, along with resources for more information and support.
This SAMHSA developed fact sheet provides tips to help disaster response workers prevent and manage stress while on assignment. It includes strategies to help responders prepare for their assignments, take stress-reducing precautions, and manage stress in the recovery phase.
This discussion paper, published November 2020 by the National Academy of Medicine, identifies six domains related to supporting provider well-being within organizations. This paper explores evidence-based and promising practices for organizational leaders to use when supporting provider well-being.
SAMHSA's Disaster 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.
Want more information? Visit the Northwest MHTTC's Resource Library and Websites by Topic and sign up for our monthly newsletter for regular updates about events, trainings, and resources available to the Northwest region.