10 Staff and Faculty Mental Health and Well-Being Workshops Training Guide

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Prevent Burnout, Improve Coping Skills & Support Struggling Staff

Staff and faculty members are spent. They’ve been through a trying, exhausting time during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, they’re contending with chronic post-COVID stress, burnout, compassion fatigue and other mental health realities that have been wearing away at them, leaving them depleted and struggling to cope. Their well-being is of great concern.

Continuing at this pace isn’t sustainable for anyone involved.

The realities of our collective trauma need immediate attention – to do right by our faculty and staff and the students they serve before more harm occurs. Plus, addressing employees’ very real concerns about well-being, change and reacclimating can serve to retain them and boost morale as you regroup and transition to your new campus normal.

And that’s where the 10 Staff and Faculty Mental Health and Well-Being Workshops can help. These 10 workshops and their supporting materials are designed specifically to support your faculty and staff members. They explore what employees are going through due to pandemic-related stressors and responsibilities, and offer real-life coping mechanisms they can put into practice.

However, this resource doesn’t engage in the platitudes and self-care “quick fixes” that you’re likely to find elsewhere. Instead, workshops delve into the research and examine solutions that fit hard-working, dedicated college and university staff and faculty members. Plus, your campus site license allows you to digitally share any of the 10 Staff and Faculty Mental Health and Well-Being Workshops with campus support staff, faculty, teaching assistants, administrators, directors and others as you help them cope emotionally and move forward effectively.

Topics Covered

Each of the modules within this 120+ page resource can be used to present a 45- to 60-minute training workshop in whatever format best serves your audience. Or, pieces of it can be used in smaller segments to meet your audience’s individual needs. Topics include…

  1. Contending with Chronic Stress: The pandemic pace has been wearing down faculty and staff due to trauma, never-ending workloads and the weight of students’ stress. Chances are, they’re worried about the pandemic’s ripple effects on job security, working conditions and more – all concerns that need to be taken seriously. Help them learn to face this type of post-COVID stress head-on, as it peaks, in ways that make sense for them as individuals.

  2. Handling Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: By engaging in greater physical and emotional labor during the pandemic, often taking on the suffering of students they’re assisting, employees are much more susceptible to burnout and compassion fatigue. Breaking the silence and stigma surrounding these very real conditions can help them discover how to cope and regain their emotional footing.

  3. Coping with the Reality of Increased Emotional Labor/Care Work: As staff and faculty members support students’ enhanced emotional and mental health needs – from online learning difficulties to the stress of isolation, financial concerns, basic needs insecurity and more – it’s critical that they learn how to manage in a balanced manner, so they don’t lose themselves in the process. After all, “when our students are stressed, we are stressed.” And it’s critical to face this reality with awareness and care.

  4. Engaging in Rest and Recovery Efforts: It’s necessary to take care amidst all the competing demands of this current time. Hard-working employees may be experiencing a rest deficit and need to restore their personal balance. Help them discover how to go beyond self-care to engage in truly transformative rest and recovery, as they cope with emotional exhaustion and hit the reset button.

  5. Supporting Colleagues Facing Pandemic Stress and Systemic Racism/Bias: The harsh reality is that some of our peers are weathering both pandemic trauma and the impact of bias and systemic racism in this current climate. Explore ways that employees can support colleagues, confront individual bias and help create campus environments where a sense of diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging rings true.

  6. Practicing Emotional Self-Management: The emotions of the moment are plentiful – work-related stress, frustration, emotional drain – and can easily derail us from living healthfully. Aid employees in learning how to contend with feelings of hopelessness, despair, chaos, anxiety, depression, loneliness, anticipatory grief and trauma related to the pandemic – and beyond – in healthy, sustainable ways.

  7. Addressing Languishing and Finding Flow: When we show up for work, yet are feeling blah and without purpose, we may be languishing. During the pandemic, this has happened to many people – not feeling good about life, lacking meaning or belonging, and feeling empty and stagnate. Work with employees to discover how to tackle languishing by finding a flow that can lead to flourishing and positive mental health.

  8. Engaging in Healthy, Enduring Behaviors Rather Than Soothing Behaviors: Instead of putting a band-aid over personal needs amidst relentless campus demands, how can employees adapt healthy, enduring strategies? Explore possibilities for positive care that will get your faculty and staff through these tough times while also allowing them to be their better selves for the long haul.

  9. Refocusing and Practicing Attention Management: We’ve been through a time of diverted attention, scattered actions and never quite feeling caught up at work due to pandemic effects. How do employees reclaim their time and focus? Help remind them of strategies that work and explore new possibilities as they get themselves back on track.

  10. Re-engaging with Your Purpose: The culmination of many pandemic realities mentioned above – languishing, chronic stress, compassion fatigue and more – is that our sense of purpose may be buried. Rediscovering our purpose and recommitting to key roles on and off campus is critical, as staff and faculty members return to themselves and healthier ways of being.

What’s Included

Use these tangible training tools to help improve staff and faculty members’ coping skills while decreasing their possibility of burnout and leaving your institution.

Within each of the 10 workshop modules, you’ll find…

  • An overview of the topic, filled with research, campus approaches and more that trainers can use to present the topic in a high-quality, comprehensive manner
  • Handouts and fact sheets with key information to share
  • Interactive worksheets and discussion questions to engage learners
  • Talking points and a sample workshop agenda that tie the information to all the supporting pieces

Your purchase also includes a site license to share with your staff and campus community — perfect for your remote training initiatives!

Two Versions to Choose From

  1. Printed with Digital Download – includes a printed copy of this training guide as well as digital access to the enclosed materials via a password-protected website and accompanying license to share with your campus community.  Price includes $9 shipping fee.

  2. Digital Download Only – includes digital access to the materials and accompanying license to share with your campus community.

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