School Psychologist Grant Wood AEA Tipton, Iowa, United States
Presentation Details: In this session, the presenters will discuss strategies, approaches, and resources used to support staff wellbeing and self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA) CISM team feels that everyone deserves to have access to peer support and meaningful resources, including those who respond to disaster and crises. The pandemic has led to school shutdowns, virtual learning, and added stressors that created feelings of anxiety and loneliness or isolation for our staff. During the uncertainty and unique stressors presented during the pandemic, our GWAEA CISM Leadership Team recognized the need for supports for all of our staff.
From this session you can expect to learn a few of the ways that we have met this need for social-emotional staff-peer support. This will include some of our Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) models and practices for our small and whole group CISM meetings, as well as meetings and communication with all agency staff. We intentionally hold Leadership Team meetings throughout the year to design and present themes that build upon one another. These are designed to meet the various resiliency and self-care needs that allows us to continue this essential work. These meetings also serve to build team cohesion, which is key to our ability to function as a close-knit team. The pandemic has challenged and pushed us beyond the boundaries of our typical coping mechanisms and added stressors to our lives. Our CISM team has and continues to provide some beneficial supports for staff that we would like to share with you.
Upon completion, participants will be able to
Identify models that support self-care and well-being for colleagues.
Identify approaches and strategies to support caring for colleagues.
Reflect these approaches within the context of the pandemic, or other stressful situations, including how they may meet unique individual needs.