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Values of Cultural Responsiveness, Equity and Justice

June 12, 2020

On Friday, June 12th, Dr. Leonard N. Moore, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and the George W. Littlefield Professor in American History, opened up the conversation with UT faculty and staff about systemic racism and how to navigate our campus conversations around Social Justice and the Black Community. He weaves together his personal experiences of racial trauma with highlighting actionable steps for faculty and staff to engage in to embody the values of cultural responsiveness, equity, and justice in our personal and professional roles.

Strategies for Dealing with Racial Trauma

June 11, 2020

Racial trauma is the experience of race-based stress faced by people of color. This stress and trauma may come from specific events including experiencing violence as the result of one’s race, from seeing repeated images of violence against the bodies of people of color, or from less overt microagressions in a person’s school or workplace. Like all trauma, racial trauma takes a toll on the body and on one’s sense of safety and worth.

Hope

June 9, 2020

Engaging with hope is an active process. To cultivate hope, we need to be able to imagine pathways to the future that we want, and the concept of “nexting” is part of this imagining the future. Nexting is the ability to look at what is next or when something will happen again. For example, we think of the next time we will see friends, when our next dental appointment occurs, when the next Marvel Universe movie is coming out. Kids as young as 3 can do some nexting in that we can say to the child, “Next, we are going to brush your teeth…next, we are going to get in bed and read a story.”

Helping Children Cope with a Global Pandemic

June 4, 2020

A clinical psychologist from California has written a free book for children to help them cope with the current global pandemic and created both an illustrated book and a coloring book version. The book validates the distress children are experiencing during such an uncertain time and uses mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies to help them manage discomfort.

The two versions of the book can be freely downloaded on their website: https://rightnowiamfine.wordpress.com/

Identifying Signs of Burnout

June 2, 2020

The third video in a series for front line healthcare workers identifies some of the signs of burnout, when the overwhelm and exhaustion of the pandemic may be rising above our current capacity. The video begins the dialogue of where and how one might begin to bring new options for coping and support. https://sho.co/1CLFH

 

 

How to Build Resilience as a Healthcare Worker

May 28, 2020

This second video in a series of three, offers ideas for health care workers looking to build their resilience and bring additional supports onboard as they continue to care for patients during the pandemic:https://sho.co/1CLFB

Validation of Emotions for Front Line Healthcare Employees

May 26, 2020

This is the first video in a series of three tailored specifically for front line healthcare workers. It offers normalization and validation for the unique emotions and experiences many workers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://sho.co/1CLF8

 

Communicating with Children about the Pandemic

May 21, 2020

We know that many UT staff and faculty members have responsibilities as caregivers to children and teens. Adding to your growing to-do list, how to talk to kids about what’s going on, can feel daunting. Check out this article that shares tips about how caregivers can talk to children about the current pandemic: https://www.verywellfamily.com/talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus-4798953

Adapting to a Crisis Condition

May 19, 2020

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers this thoughtful article that explores how we might adapt to the conditions of crisis. We at the EAP are especially moved by the invitation to self-compassion, normalizing and validating the emotions that might be arising, and the article helps offer a framework for what might be most important in current times —focusing on nourishing ourselves, caring for our family, and connecting with others where we can.

You can read the full article here:

Printable Care Package

May 14, 2020

If you are the caregiver for children, you may be facing questions of how to help support the little people in your family while staying safely at home. The Big Life Journal is offering a free packet of activities and lists for learning and movement while staying home. Available here:

https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/stay-at-home-printable-pack-families