- Tai Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT; Associate Professor; University of Minnesota; Twin Cities, MN
- Nancy Carlson, MPhil (Disaster, Crisis, & Intervention); Behavioral Health & Community Resilience Coordinator; Minnesota Behavioral Health Medical Reserve Corps Administrator; Minnesota Department of Health; Twin Cities, MN Center for Emergency Preparedn
As biomedical and behavioral providers (alongside public health professionals, hospital/clinic administrators, and others), we know that attention to our own self-care and (inter)personal well-being is essential to maintaining balance and biopsychosocial/spiritual health. But we also know that doing this is easier-said than it is done vis-Ã -vis the time-demands that our jobs require, the political impasses that we must often navigate, and the intensity (and at times, heartbreaking nature) of the clinical presentations that we see. Drawing from on-the-ground efforts advanced by trauma-response teams (e.g., MRC, ICISF, RCF, FEMA), the presenters will introduce empirically-supported strategies in self-care that harness our resources across individual, family, social, and spiritual systems continua. Bridging these strategies to the everyday contexts of our “day jobs”in primary, secondary, and tertiary care will be outlined. Tangible resources / tools used in fieldwork and everyday practice(s) will be shared.
- articulate common challenges in health care provision (e.g., crises of faith, scope of practice, role flexibility and clarity) that make burnout- and compassion fatigue- prevention challenging in contemporary care practices.
- describe empirically-supported strategies for preventing and/or repairing burnout and compassion fatigue that cut-across individual, family, and social systems continua.
- engage with tangible resources / tools for self-care (e.g., mobile app, worksheets, professional literature).