Tolerating a Stressful and Uncertain World: Remembering Our Passions to Support Professional Resilience
What makes you return to your early childhood work after a day that includes witnessing and working to mitigate significant risks and challenges? What keeps you coming back, day after day? What is your passion, your motivation—what fills your cup? And how do you help others fill theirs?
This Institute track will explore the multiple challenges to our well-being that have been amplified due to the pandemic, racism, terrorism, wars, and other aspects of our current world context. We’ll explore the risks, signs, and symptoms of compassion fatigue, secondary or vicarious trauma, moral distress, and burnout that early childhood professionals may experience. Together we will examine strategies and tools to assess and address these risks and concrete ways to encourage, build, and sustain professional resilience in ourselves and with and for the early childhood professionals we support.
Paula Zeanah, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN; Lafayette General Medical Center/Our Lady of Lourdes Endowed Chair and Eminent Professor of Nursing and Director of Research, Picard Center for Child Development, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA; Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans; ZERO TO THREE Annual Events Workgroup; Leadership group, Whole Louisiana (Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards office); Advisor, New Families home visiting program, Oslo, Norway; Former Clinical Director, Louisiana's maternal infant and early childhood home visiting and infant mental health programs.
Cristina Galto, LCSW; Faculty Associate with Arizona State University; Clinical Supervisor for Integrated School Based Services at Valle Del Sol, Phoenix AZ; Southwest Maricopa Regional Council Member for First Things First; and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health provider for Kaleidoscope Family Care in Goodyear AZ.
Kyong-Ah Kwon, PhD; Principal Investigator for Happy Teacher Project, Associate Professor & Drusa B. Cable Endowed Chair in Education & Early Childhood Education, Rainbolt Family Endowed Education Presidential Professor, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma.
ZERO TO THREE Facilitator: Katrina Macasaet, MA, Professional Development Manager, Professional Innovations Division