Introducing Our New Course, “A Tiered Approach to Educator Well-Being”
Looking for CEUs this summer? Looking for a way to support your mental health and well-being? Are you curious about how the system in which you work impacts you? We are excited to offer a self-paced online course for 12 CEUs that introduces you to a Tiered Approach to...
Why I Started My Own Practice
Hello! I’m so glad you’re here and we found each other in this space. I’ve been reflecting a lot about why I’m here and how I came to the decision to quit what was essentially a dream job at a leading community mental
What is Provider Trauma? Let’s call work-related trauma what it is.
If you work in a field in which you interact with people who have experienced trauma, you may be (hopefully) familiar with terms such as Burnout, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma or Compassion Fatigue.
How big of a problem is work-related trauma exposure?
Let’s be honest, trauma is a hot issue right now. There are articles and buzzwords and initiatives and modalities about trauma and how best to address it. The explosion of trauma awareness is not a bad thing
No One Should Be Surprised We Are Impacted By Our Work
If you’re reading my posts, chances are you are a professional that works with people who are traumatized, or you care about someone who does. Because of that, I’m hopeful that you already know how trauma
What We Can Learn From Educators About Work-Related Trauma
In early October I had the pleasure of presenting with my friend and colleague Jen Goepfert at the Minnesota Association of School Administrators conference in Duluth. Our topic was on Secondary
If part of your management style is to tell trauma-exposed employees to “toughen up,” read this before you say it again.
My first foray into supervision was in the late 1990s for a Twin Cities organization that served what we called at the time “victims of domestic abuse.” That language is dated now, and I’m confident the approaches
The Responsibility of Leadership
In January an article was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about suicide rates and PTSD in the Minnesota police force. I was glad to see the article posted, because the issue of PTSD and suicide rates for police
Covid-19 and Secondary Traumatic Stress
As with seemingly all things, Covid-19 has changed the landscape of Secondary Traumatic Stress. That is happening in two primary ways: a deepening of the impact for those whose professions already expose
When it comes to how to treat frontline employees, Bruce Perry says it best
First off, I debated with myself a long time about this blog, and about the ethics of putting out even more content on Covid-19. If you’re like me, you’ve been flooded with stories, emails, videos, all from people
It’s Not Your Fault You’re Burned Out: Rethinking Workplace Wellbeing for 2021 and Beyond
Welcome to 2021! We’re glad to be here and glad you found us. Much has been said, rightfully, about 2020 and the immense pain that it brought the world. That pain and disruption have caused many
Emergency Self-Care In The Year of Burnout
As someone who specializes in workplace burnout, 2020 has been a year that defies description. I’m grateful for the spotlight that has shone on burnout, to be honest. But deeply sad about the
Trauma effectiveness and the need for supervisory coaching
The industry has a well-known phrase for those moving from a therapist to a clinical supervisory position: “I was a therapist on Friday and Monday I woke up as a supervisor.” A promotion to a supervisor position
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