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October 2020

Burnout From an Organizational Perspective [ssir.org]

Instead of pressuring already-stressed individuals to fix themselves, true wellness requires organization-level interventions. By Leah Weiss Oct. 20, 2020 The term “burnout” first came into use in the early 1970s in the context of air traffic control, after an increase in human error-precipitated collisions was linked to frustrations with increased traffic, poor human-machine interfaces, and the general monotony of the work. Described by the WHO as “resulting from chronic workplace stress...

COVID, ACES, and Radical Self-Care

COVID, ACES and Radical Self-Care Dr. LateshIa Woodley, LPC, NCC & Alexis Kelly, MPA COVID Thursday, March 13, 2020, I woke up thinking I love my life, I have the best job in the world, I get to wake up every day and strive to make a difference in the lives of students and families. Little did I know that a few hours later my life, the lives of my family, and the lives of the families that I serve would forever be changed due to the COVID pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, I was leading...

Equity and Inclusion: The Roots of Organizational Well-Being [ssir.org]

By Mary-Frances Winters, Stanford Social Innovation Review, October 14, 2020 Although more and more organizations are taking steps toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, people of color continue to consistently report feeling undervalued, unsafe, and exhausted from navigating unwelcoming work environments. They see implicit biases play out as micro-aggressions (such as consistently mispronouncing one’s name, confusing one person of color for another, or...

Join us for Excelerator: A Community in Action

Excelerator: A Community in Action is the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities brand new, reimagined fall experience for learning, networking, and entertainment, starting October 19. This is a completely virtual experience that will provide a space for exchanging ideas, collaborating on solutions, and of course, having fun. Explore the program to discover courses and events that will be available through the online, interactive community, VeloCity. Here, participants will come...

The 38 Websites, Podcasts, and Books You Need to Become a Trauma-Informed Leader

While serving as a Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi, I first learned about the concept of "adverse childhood experiences" through a newspaper article. But when I wanted to learn more, I wasn't sure where to turn. After lots of research and trial and error, I found these resources to be some of the best. (Yes, ACESConnection is on the list!) If you would like your free copy of this PDF, just click the link and download: mrchrisfreeze.com/top38resources (Sometimes web links...

Preventing Burnout Is About Empathetic Leadership [hbr.org]

By Jennifer Moss, Harvard Business Review, September 28, 2020 How many of us are currently living without margins — the space to handle life’s simplest stresses. I know I’ve fallen into this trap myself. It can happen after being mentally stretched and dealing with chronic stress for too long. Basically, we are left with zero margin for error. It also means that we don’t realize we’re at our max until it’s too late. Before we know it, we’ve hit the wall. As part of the research that I’m...

Dr. Sandra Bloom Introduces Creating PRESENCE [creatingpresence.net]

From Creating Presence, October 2020 Protects Clients: Clients who are exhibiting behaviors are often labeled or diagnosed without an understanding that many social disorders are a result of adversity and past traumatic events. These symptoms can best be understood with a trauma lens that recognizes the complex impact of trauma and other forms of adversity on the brain. Supports staff: Helping trauma-impacted children and adults is a difficult job that has a secondary traumatic effects on...

NCBH Resource: Trauma-Informed, Recovery-Oriented System of Care Toolkit

In August, the National Council on Behavioral Health released a new toolkit to help organizations create sustainable system-wide change that addresses trauma and fosters recovery for the people they serve. More from the NCBH: The opioid crisis has affected families across the nation. Approximately 10.3 million people live with an opioid use disorder and there were more than 46,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018. We know that trauma is a significant driver of substance use disorders...

Trauma-Informed Strategies for Supporting Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System during COVID-19 [childtrends.org]

By Rebecca Vivrette and Jessica Dym Bartlett, Child Trends, September 30, 2020 Children and youth who become involved in the child welfare (CW) system often experience trauma as a result of maltreatment and other adversities while in the CW system, including removal from home and multiple out-of-home placements . Children and youth of color , particularly Black and Native American children, are disproportionally represented in the CW system and are more likely to experience trauma due, in...

New Resource in Trauma-Informed Design!

Interested in Trauma-Informed Design concepts, but don't know where to begin? Check out this new website! www.https://traumainformeddesign.org/ Trauma informed design used to be a nicety, now it is a necessity. Businesses now have to deal with the wellbeing of its employees like never before. Seeing a need for a unified location to showcase the amazing work of designers, psychologists, educators, architects, and other professionals in the trauma-informed design world, the website was...

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