Most of us are aware of the potential negative effects of stress, including physical and mental illness and eventual burnout. In worst-case scenarios, stress erodes not only our individual wellbeing, but also our ability to create healthy, effective relationships with our colleagues and the students on our campuses. Yuk.
The good news is that stress doesn’t have to be the enemy. In fact, if our goal is to live a stress-free life, we are cheating ourselves out of a potentially valuable fuel source. Stress, when understood and managed effectively, can result not only in increased personal wellbeing, but also in authentic community among our colleagues and relational connection with the students on our campuses.
- Participants will understand the role of the “fight or flight” response mechanism as we approach stressful events.
- Participants will identify how to engage (e.g., fight) and how to disengage (e.g., run) in ways that are helpful and hurtful.
- Participants will develop personal behavioral strategies that will empower them to access stress as a fuel to achieve peak performance in every role of their life.
- Classroom teachers
- Special education assessment staff
- Behavior specialists