Toward Wellness and Recovery Podcast

The Toward Wellness and Recovery podcast explores topics of interest to those people who support and help others, such as health and behavioral health service providers. We have produced two seasons of the podcast, Season 1: Flourishing at Work and Season 2: Mind Care Matters.


Season 1: Flourishing at Work

Mental health is such a critical component of all of our lives. Some not only take care of their personal mental health but dedicate their professional lives to supporting the mental health of others. On the podcast channel for Season 1: Flourishing at Work, we’ll talk about topics of interest to those providing mental health services. We’ll address evidence-based practices, emerging needs, and ways to enhance your own wellness while supporting others. These podcasts are produced by the Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The podcast series for Season 1: Flourishing at Work, can be found here.


Season 2: Mind Care Matters

Mind Care Matters, a podcast series for behavioral health administrators, supervisors, and staff provides an overview of effective and innovative programs to inspire and support people with mental health conditions. Podcast host and psychiatric rehabilitation expert, Dr. Michelle Zechner, explores new and emerging psychiatric rehabilitation techniques, education, and research to help people living with mental health conditions to live, work and love beyond the symptoms of their mental health condition.

The podcast series for Season 2: Mind Care Matters, can be found here.

Flourishing at Work Plan

  Congratulations! You are invested in your well-being and want to commit to flourishing actions. Changing our behavior takes intention and attention. What changes could you make now that might improve your ability to flourish at work? This document includes a template for helping professionals to develop a Flourishing at Work plan.

Flourishing at Work: A Plan for Helping Professionals | Session 1: Making Myself a Priority

View Slide Deck Helping professionals, such as counselors, teachers, and health professionals, are critically important to the workforce, yet we are also at great risk for helping others more than we help ourselves! In this 6 part series, we invite YOU to sit down, take a breath, replenish yourself and restore by considering strategies to help you flourish. Together, we’ll explore the importance of making our own well-being a priority, think about our work/life balance, remember our purpose, take actions to flourish, and use our strengths within a framework of healthy positivity. This 6-week collection (webinar and podcast series) will be led by experts in supporting personal recovery, wellness, and positive psychology with practical approaches that build up to a comprehensive flourishing plan. Join us for this series designed to support your flourishing. Sessions: Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 Related Products: Flourishing at Work Podcast Series Pause, Breathe, Move: Self-Care for Healthcare Providers Peer Support for Healthcare Providers

Pause, Breathe, Move: Self-Care for Healthcare Providers - Session 1: Pause

View Slide Deck Session 1 will introduce taking time for yourself and specifically taking a few moments to “pause”. The purpose of the session is for participants to focus on the present moment, taking time to pause and become aware of their thoughts and breath. Consider pausing throughout the day – before or after patient care, at the end of a shift, or when a person catches themselves starting to feel uncomfortable. Taking time to focus, even for a few minutes, can help improve mood, decrease anxiety, and lessen feelings of stress. Facilitators: Michelle Zechner, Ph.D., LSW, CPRP is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers-SHP, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Programs and has focused her career on helping people and their families recover from mental illness for over 25 years, with special expertise in health promotion initiatives. She has worked in a variety of community and inpatient settings, including nursing homes, outpatient mental health services, state psychiatric hospitals, and community services for older adults. In her current role, she has focused on the implementation of evidence-based psychosocial practices in psychiatric hospitals, developing and testing health and wellness promotion interventions in community settings, teaching students, training diverse mental health staff on best practice interventions for older persons with mental health conditions, and conducting research. Dr. Zechner’s research includes the development of programs focused on multi-domain wellness for people with mental health conditions, promotion of and adherence to physical activity in persons with mental illness, use of peer health coaching strategies, and identifying best practices for use with older adults with mental health conditions. She has co-authored peer-reviewed and technical publications on health promotion for persons with mental illness and has presented her work at local, national, and international conferences. She is passionate about supporting older people with mental health conditions to improve their mental and physical health.   Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., FAOTA, is the Associate Director of the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies and a Research Professor in the Applied Department of Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers. She developed a strength-based 8-dimensional wellness model to promote recovery from mental health and substance use and has created self-care wellness programs for people in recovery, caregivers, families, youth, and professionals. As a co-investigator, consultant, and collaborator on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grants as well as the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) grants, she has contributed to research and been a lead for developing training and intervention manuals for many of these projects. Dr. Swarbrick 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. She worked for many years at the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey Wellness Institute. Related Products: Self-Care Program Manual Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others Movement Video Series Getting the Supports You Need

Peer Support Approaches for Healthcare Providers Session 1: Colleagues Involved in Reaching Colleagues through Listening and Empathy (CIRCLE)

View Slide Deck Session Description: Given the rates of professional burnout combined with the negative impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare providers, a peer support program was designed to support professional well-being.  CIRCLE Peer Talk and CIRCLE Peer Text groups allowed peers to connect with peers, to reflect and discuss what it means to be “well at work” and important issues that might not ordinarily be addressed in the day-to-day work.   These groups “meet” synchronously (via an online platform or face-to-face) or asynchronously (by text) every other week.  Learn about the program components, successes, outcomes, and impacts on professional well-being and patient encounters.   Presenters: Chantal Brazeau, M.D. | Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, New Jersey Medical School; Assistant Dean for Faculty Vitality, New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Chief Wellness Officer, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Dr. Brazeau has over 25 years of experience in the field of health professional well-being. She has taught about well-being and burnout, conducted local and national survey-based studies on medical student, faculty and physician well-being and presented at national and international venues on these topics.  As the inaugural Chief Wellness Officer at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, she works with school, university and hospital leadership teams to explore and lead the development and implementation of wellness initiatives for faculty and health care providers.    Ping-Hsin Chen, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, New Jersey Medical School   Dr. Chen is an experienced mixed methods researcher with extensive experience in intervention studies, community service-learning programs, quality assurance, and quality improvement projects, and clinical trials. Dr. Chen is proficient in building and managing secure online surveys and databases and using specialized statistical software packages for data analysis. She has provided quantitative and qualitative analyses and evaluations of several surveys on faculty and health professional well-being.    Manasa S. Ayyala, MD | Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine; Director, The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine, New Jersey Medical School  Dr. Ayyala completed a fellowship in medical education and has formal training in qualitative methodology and experience conducting large survey research. Her work exploring bullying in residency training was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2019.   She has experience in physician wellness interventions spanning the learning continuum from undergraduate medical education to faculty wellness and currently serves as Faculty Vitality Champion for the Department of Medicine and Chair for the Department of Medicine Wellness Committee.  Additionally, she has personal experience with engaging in informal peer support through a texting platform.  Sessions: Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Related Products: Flourishing at Work Webinar Series Pause, Breathe, Move: Self-Care for Healthcare Providers Self-Care Program Manual How to Implement a Provider Wellness Program at Work Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others See Something, Say Something
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