State of Mind Speaker Series for Educators

Educator Self-Care (1:02:50)
Machen Champion, MA, LPCC, RPT – Catalyst Counseling
Self-care has never been more important than in these unprecedented times. In addition to requiring teachers to move their classes online, COVID-19 has disrupted classroom communities, leaving educators isolated from their students and colleagues. This webinar will introduce, discuss, and practice various self-care strategies; strategies that may look different today than they did a few months ago.


Coping with Anxiety and Stress – (54:07)
Todd Provenzano – St. Aloysius Managing Director, Clinical Service and Partnership
There is an increased level of anxiety for many individuals right now. This may be especially true for educators who are moving to online learning and having to connect with students through a virtual platform. Many may have concerns for their students’ safety and wellbeing- increasing the risk of secondary trauma. This webinar will introduce basic coping skills for managing stress and anxiety using a trauma informed lens.


Grief and Loss During COVID-19 (45:37) 
Ann Marie Kahwaty-Bogan, MSW, LISW-S – Companions on a Journey, Bereavement Specialist
Like many people right now, educators are mourning the loss of current and future experiences. Teachers prepare for an entire year of work and experiences that will now no longer occur. For educators to support youth through this process, they must also learn how to process their own feelings of grief and loss. This session will provide support and tools to do so.


Introduction to Mindfulness – Mindfulness for Uncertain Times (32:53)
Jen Wright, BA, MBA, E-RYT500, C-IAYT – Real Human Performance, Director of Mental Resilience and Corporate Wellness
Meriden McGraw, MPH – Meriden, LLC, Founder
Mindfulness is an evidence-based tool shown to reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety. This session is designed to introduce the concept and practice to individuals who are unfamiliar with mindfulness. The session will provide a brief overview of benefits, discuss the impact of mindfulness on well-being, and teach participants a few short practices they can implement.

Mindfulness Deeper Dive

Jen Wright, BA, MBA, E-RYT500, C-IAYT – Real Human Performance, Director of Mental Resilience and Corporate Wellness
Meriden McGraw, MPH – Meriden, LLC, Founder
The purpose of this session is to work with a group of people who are already familiar with mindfulness and want to dive deeper into the practices. The session will include research on the impact and benefits of mindfulness for adults and youth, the history of the practice, introduce various types of mindfulness practices, and lead participants through multiple practices.

Mind, Body & Spirit: How we are connected & how loss and change affect us (32:10)
Dr. Dan Nelson, MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Medical Director, Child Psychiatry Unit
This enlightening talk will leave you feeling grounded and centered. Part philosophical & part meditative, Dr. Dan Nelson will help you explore the connection between your mind, body, and spirit and explain how loss and change affects all aspects of our being.



Teen Mental Health: Sources of Stress and Implications for Change 
Dr. Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd
As a pediatrician and well-being expert Dr. Slavin will discuss findings from his surveys of high school students about their mental health and the stressors in their lives. He will discuss the implications of these findings and provide strategies to improve teen mental health.