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:

  1. Explore the signs, symptoms, and neurological mechanisms of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue unique to mental and medical health providers.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Examine the capacity of building resilience to address job-related stress.

 

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Activities to Support Provider Well-Being

rebekah Webinar Series: We Make The Path By Walking with Trauma Integration Programs / Rebekah Demirel

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. 


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Webinar Series on Provider Well-being with AM Consulting & Clinical Services / Aleks Martin

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.


c4 innovationsLive Learning Communities and Webinars with C4 Innovations  

 

 

 

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


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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 logoAlaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

"Healthy Healers" Train the Trainer program in Alaska for Indigenous rural providers.


   Provider Well-Being for School Mental Health Professionals  Coming Soon!


And more!

  • First Episode / Early Psychosis Peer Specialist consultation and self-care support
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for ACT Teams
  • Family Bridger project

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Provider Well-Being Resources

There are several existing resources that provide information and context on supporting provider well-being. Some of these resources include:

MHTTC Network Responding to COVID-19 Provider Well-Being

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.

Wellness Matters: Self-Care for Mental Health Providers

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.

Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Coping with Stress and Compassion Fatigue

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.

Preventing and Managing Stress

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.

Organizational Evidence-Based and Promising Practices for Improving Clinician Well-Being

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.