Peer Wellness Supports for Healthcare Providers; 2-Part Training

10:00am - May 17, 2022 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Collaborating TTC: Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 16, 2022
Peer Wellness Supports for Healthcare Providers 2-Part Training



Training Overview

Professionals across the health care continuum are trained to support, educate, and care for others. Sometimes this care comes at their own expense, and they may have difficulty tending to their own well-being. Burnout and compassion fatigue can lead to poor job performance which can negatively impact colleagues, patients/clients, and students, as well as family and friends.

Attention to self-care and simple daily practices can build resilience and increase a person’s overall wellness. This training will help professionals in a range of disciplines and settings facilitate brief self-care sessions with their peers and colleagues.

Each two-hour live webinar will include didactic, experiential, and implementation planning components (e.g., brief overview of practice, doing a self-care practice, resources, and challenges to using materials at their location, and discussion). This training is highly interactive and experiential. At the end of this training, the audience will be able to lead wellness groups for small teams within their own health center.


Training Schedule and Sequence

May 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST: Session 1 will include an overview of the program and self-care practice experience for participants.

May 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST: Session 2 will include peer strategies and how to implement a colleague-to-colleague program and developing your plan (identifying strengths, possible challenges, and strategies to overcome possible challenges).


Recommended Audience

Health center leadership (with authority to implement training) across all departments, especially clinical and administrative leadership. Teams of managers/supervisors, and “change agents” who will lead wellness groups are highly encouraged to attend together.


4 CEUs are available through full participation in this training event.



REGISTER HERE by Monday, May 16, 2022



Priming Materials:

For more information on the training and what to expect, please watch this brief video and review the facilitator manual that will accompany the training.



About the Facilitators


Dr. Margaret Peggy” Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA

Peggy Swarbrick has made significant contributions to the body of literature in occupational therapy, nursing, and community behavioral health care practice, focused on topics such as the 8 dimensions of wellness, wellness coaching, peer support, health disparities and social determinants of health, financial wellness, employment, trauma, self-care and more.  She developed a strength based 8-dimensional wellness model to promote recovery from mental health and substance use. Peggy is known for bringing the voices and needs of people to the table by collaborating with the peer community and family groups to identify and address social determinants that are barriers to wellness. She has created self-care and wellness programs for people in recovery, caregiver’s, families, youth, and professionals. As a co-investigator, consultant, and collaborator on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grants as well as National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, she has contributed to significant research and been a lead for developing trainings and intervention manuals for many of these projects. Peggy was a co-investigator on Perspectives on the International Classification of Diseases (11th revision); Using lived experience to improve mental health diagnoses in the United States: INCLUDE – US Study. Peggy worked for many years at the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey Wellness Institute and has been teaching occupational therapy courses for many years.  Peggy received a doctoral degree at New York University and an Advanced Training and Research fellowship, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.


Michelle Zechner, PhD, LSW, CPRP

Dr. Michelle Zechner is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers-SHP, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Programs and has focused her career on supporting health and wellness for all people, with special expertise in people living with serious mental health conditions and their supporters. Michelle has provided workforce development education and consultation in a variety of settings including community and inpatient mental health programs, aging services, and in-home services. In her current role, she works with a diverse range of health and mental health professionals to support resilience and flourishing in healthcare settings. She also teaches and mentors students.  Michelle’s research agenda centers on motivational health and wellness services.  Michelle has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and is a sought after speaker. Her latest projects include a podcast series: Flourishing at Work: A Plan for Helping Professions, the development of frameworks and programmatic strategies to support wellness for people aging with serious mental health conditions and educational research designed to improve health professional knowledge and comfort providing health care services to people living with serious mental health conditions.