TRAILS’ Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals


The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Student mental health support staff have been put in a uniquely difficult position as a result of COVID-19. Many experienced unprecedented professional challenges as they made contact with students and families, navigated unfamiliar technology, and helped their colleagues and students cope. Simultaneously, mental health professionals themselves may have experienced stress related to personal difficulties brought on by health risk or illness, loss of social connection, or competing demands of friends or family. For some, grief and traumatic stress are significant. Mental health professionals are likely to see continued high levels of stress, anxiety and depression in students and staff when school resumes in the fall.

TRAILS (Transforming Research in Action to Improve the Lives of Students) will present evidence-based strategies that participants can utilize to support both their own self-care as well as the mental health and wellness of their students and fellow staff members.


· Evidence-based self-care strategies to cope with challenging times both present and future
· Caring for others in a time of crisis: Collective and vicarious trauma
· Practicing what we preach: The importance of our own self-care


Natalie Rodriquez QuintanaNatalie Rodriguez-Quintana is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry working with the TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) program. Natalie’s research is focused on improving access and delivery of effective mental health services for youth.  Natalie’s clinical expertise is in the treatment of depression and anxiety across the lifespan using cognitive behavioral therapy. She has worked as a trainer, coach, and consultant in a variety of settings






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