*Presenting: Self-Care for Providers & °Stress First Aid Workshop

Marcie Beigel, April Naturale, & Patricia WatsonConstitution Hall Room 2

Presentation One

Self-Care for Providers

Abstract: As we provide support to others, especially others in crisis, it is easy to forget that we need care also. It is easy of put all our energy on those experiencing the crisis. It is easy to forget how powerful a few minutes of self care can be. It is easy to stay in action.

Yet, the impact of taking a few minutes to focus on yourself makes a tremendous difference.

By taking care of yourself you are able to do more for others. By taking care of yourself, you will have focus when caring for others. By taking care of yourself, you will have more energy to support those in need. By taking care of yourself, you will be able to stay in the trenches longer. You are part a valuable part of the equation and need to give yourself the same care and attention you give to others. 

This panel presentation is an experiential moment to take care of yourself. We are going to start with an experience of being. More accurately an experience with the possibility of being because being sometimes takes practice. Then we are going to explore our personal beliefs that hinder our being and help our being. The final piece of this workshop will be identifying small steps to take throughout each and every day to enhance being-ness. Being is not about the absence of action, it is about redefining action and clarity and intention at times while in action. This step is about creating lasting impact.


Dr. Marcie Beigel

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Title: Family Culture Expert
  • Bio: For 25 years, Dr. Marcie has been creating culture change with families, schools, and organizations; sharing her tools and strategies with tens of thousands. She helps families shift from breakdown and disconnection to happy dances and memorable moments. She helps organizations build the bridge between mental health and business. Dr. Marcie believes the best way to create change is through inspiration and experience. This means her work, with both organizations and families is experiential, engaging, and practical because change only matters if it lasts.Dr. Marcie earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate Level. She is the best selling author of Love Your Family Again and Love Your Classroom Again. Love Your Family Again and Again and Again and Again is her new podcast that you can find on your favorite streaming platform. She is based in New York City, though loves to travel to her clients around the world. She has been a guest behavioral expert on national media, including FOX, ABC, and NBC. Sharing her passion for behavior has led her to speak at organizations ranging from individual school districts to the Royal Australian Navy to TEDxNaperville. For more information about her programs and training visit DrMarcie.com.
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Presentation Two

°Stress First Aid

Abstract: Stress First Aid (SFA) is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based framework developed for health professionals to better manage and care for stress reactions within themselves and their team. In this training suitable for mental health professionals and disaster response teams at all levels, Patricia Watson and April Naturale takes participants through SFA to learn how to recognize when stress reactions are developing into long-term problems that inhibit a person from taking care of themselves, their loved ones, or the communities they serve. The trainers provide learners with the core principles of SFA, how to recognize maladaptive stress symptoms and behaviors, and methods for recalibrating one’s response to and relationship with stress.

Whether stress is caused by day-to-day responsibilities many healthcare workers face or the result of experiencing disasters and crises on the job (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), there are ways for frontline healthcare workers, first responders, and disaster management teams to minimize harmful stress responses for themselves and their teams. It is important for teams that face more stressors than typical to know how to come together and minimize any potential lasting impact before the stress leads to burnout, breakdown, substance misuse, or mistakes on the job.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the population(s) for whom Stress First Aid is useful intervention
  2. List the 4 levels of the Stress Continuum
  3. Define at least 3 of the 7 Core Actions of Stress First Aid

Continuing Education

1 CE for psychologists (all) and social workers in VA, NY, and DC.
Audience level: Introductory
Agenda: https://app.box.com/s/blcn6dii8gd3p1x4047cl6r2qm6w9fj3


Dr. Patricia Watson

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Title: Senior Educational Specialist
  • Bio: Patricia Watson, Ph.D. has been a psychologist for the National Center for PTSD since 1998.  She has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric psychology. She has been involved in extensive science-into-practice translation, intervention development, and program implementation, including co-authoring versions of Stress First Aid self-care/coworker support models for military, law enforcement, forest firefighters, nurses, probation officers, and rail workers, as well as public-facing versions for patients and clients. She has also co-authored books, articles, and manuals related to resilience and post-disaster intervention, such as Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR).

Dr. April Naturale

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Title: AVP for Crisis and Wellness Programs at Vibrant Emotional Health
  • Bio: Dr. Naturale is a traumatic stress specialist focused on response to disasters and mass violence. She has provided disaster and traumatic stress response training and consultation throughout the U.S. having led the NY mental health response to 9/11/01, the Boston Marathon bombing and responding to 12 of the last mass violence shooting events. Dr. Naturale also helped launch the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Disaster Distress Helpline. Internationally, she has trained Psychologists in the Ukraine Military Service, Humanitarian Aid workers for the European Union and helped launch the European Centre of Expertise for Victims of Terrorism. Currently, Dr. Naturale is Vibrant Emotional Health’s AVP for Crisis and Wellness at the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and was also recently appointed by the U.S. Attorney General’s team of subject matter experts to review the law enforcement response to the May 24, 2022, Uvalde, TX, Robb Elementary school shooting.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support between any presenter and Vibrant Emotional Health for this program.

Sun 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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day two, presentations, self-care, streaming