Assess, Recover, Mitigate, Strengthen (ARMS): A Wellbeing Regimen for Professionals
Assess, Recover, Mitigate, Strengthen (ARMS): A Wellbeing Regimen for Professionals was developed by Dr. Bill Nash, a pioneer and expert in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of moral injury and leading researcher, educator, and clinician in psychological health. This course covers concepts and tools to prevent and recover from occupational moral distress, moral injury, and burnout. It is appropriate for all human service professionals, including those in health care, social services, education, crisis response, and any other role requiring compassionate service to others. The framework is built on three pillars: the National Academy of Science recommendations on preventing mental health disorders, the National Academy of Science’s call to action to address global burnout in healthcare, and the doctrine of Combat and Operational Stress Control.
- Describe how work can affect one’s own health and wellbeing
- Identify occupational stress states from thriving to ill
- Explain the role of moral distress/moral injury in professional burnout
- List risk and protective factors for one’s own wellbeing
- Construct a regimen to maintain and improve one’s own wellbeing
Wellbeing in the Workplace
We all encounter challenges in our work roles -- from everyday issues like balancing multiple deadlines to supporting clients who are in distress. Explore this collection to learn strategies to manage workplace challenges and support your wellbeing in the professional environment.
Supporting Educator Wellbeing
Educators are constantly being asked to do more but rarely get new self-care and personal wellbeing resources. In this collection, educators can learn self-care tools and practices that match their busy schedules. We hope you find the training and resources helpful in supporting your wellbeing as you continue to educate and serve our communities selflessly.
Building Your Trauma and Resilience Informed Approach
Delve into a wide variety of resources to support your trauma and resilience informed approach to your life, work, and play environments. The content describes the foundations of trauma and resilience informed practices as well as tools to infuse into your everyday life. This is a curated collection of a variety of resources in multiple formats to meet your needs, regardless of the amount of time you have to explore. This collection is intended for all audiences.
Recognizing and Managing Anxiety in the Classroom
This course is designed to help educators navigate the nuances involved with recognizing and addressing anxiety and stress in K-12 students. John Piacentini, PhD, ABPP, Director, Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES) joins his colleagues, Monica Wu, PhD, Kate Sheehan, LCSW, and Emily Ricketts, PhD in discussing common manifestations of anxiety. Video vignettes engage the learner to better understand various ways in which anxiety may thwart a child’s academic, emotional, and social development. Practical strategies for individual and classroom use are offered ...
Looking Through a Trauma and Resilience Informed Lens
Designed for everyone, not just professionals who provide care, this course defines trauma and resilience informed care and reviews its six core principles. Throughout, evidence-based materials engage participants in active learning and assists them to reflect on their own experience and applications. Participants will be introduced to the pervasiveness of stress and trauma as well as the benefits of approaching situations from a trauma and resilience informed lens. These practices are applicable in a workplace setting as much as they are in our daily interactions ...
A Back to School Wellbeing Supply List
As educators and students prepare for the upcoming school year, promoting the wellbeing in school communities can help ensure a smooth, successful return to in-person learning. Stress and anxiety are normal responses to change, especially for those who might be stepping in the classroom for the first time since lockdown began.
Supporting Our Frontline Workers
Access this website for a podcast about supporting frontline workers and finding glee in the future. Dr. Brenda Bursch has been at the forefront of addressing the mental health and emotional wellbeing challenges frontline workers in hospitals are facing. Brenda shares tips on how we can boost our own resilience and reveals the science behind storytelling as a way to process trauma and integrate our emotions with our memories.
Coping With Reactions to School Shootings
The amount of exposure to images or stories about a traumatic event may have an effect on the development of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) symptoms. Research on the effects of indirect exposure to social media and internet coverage of traumatic events is still in its infancy, but some studies point to an increase in PTSD-like symptoms following the viewing of images and stories about a traumatic event. This suggests the need to limit exposure to news and other sources of information, especially if you have ...
Moral Injury as an Identity Wound
In this video, Dr. Bill Nash reviews the history of two competing, overarching conceptions of psychological trauma – one conceiving of trauma as the principal result of maladaptive coping with stress, the other as a literal and enduring wound to a person’s identity or social self. The evidence supporting each conception of trauma is also considered, along with evidence that observed symptoms of moral injury in veteran and healthcare populations may best be understood as resulting from literal damage to one’s identity. Finally, Dr. Nash ...
Stories From the Frontline: Child Welfare
Dr. Bill Nash is joined by Casswell, who has worked in social work and education. This one-time NFL hopeful discusses his sources of pain and hope. Dr. Nash uses the framework described in the Assess, Recover, Mitigate, and Strength (ARMS): A Wellbeing Regimen for Professionals course to conduct this interview.
Stories From the Frontline: Nursing
Dr. Bill Nash is joined by Katherine Brown-Saltzman, MA, RN, a nursing ethicist who co-founded the UCLA Health Ethics Center and founded the Ethics of Caring Conference. Katherine also developed a writing retreat for healthcare professionals who experience moral distress. Dr. Nash uses the framework described in the Assess, Recover, Mitigate, and Strength (ARMS): A Wellbeing Regimen for Professionals course to conduct this interview.
Caring in Community
Listen in on conversations that shine light on the importance of caring for ourselves and others in order to maintain and return to wellbeing. This podcast focuses on highlighting key concepts (such as self-care, community care, burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress) in the context of current events and climate. Guests share both personal and professional stories that highlight and reinforce caring in community.
Stories From the Frontline
Using the Assess, Recover, Mitigate, and Strengthen (ARMS) framework, Dr. Bill Nash explores with guests their individual and community strengths, challenges, distress, and recovery. Guests from a variety of backgrounds share their stories. The stories are intended to be watched after completing the Assess, Recover, Mitigate, and Strength (ARMS): A Wellbeing Regimen for Professionals course.
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Enhancing Professional Wellbeing
The Enhancing Professional Wellbeing course is designed to explore ways to maintain personal wellbeing, support a positive working environment, and reduce feelings of burnout. Learn about wellbeing from fellow LA County employees and explore fictional situations to gain strategies for supporting professional wellbeing.
Shifting Perspectives: Adopting a Trauma & Resilience Informed Lens
Employing a trauma and resilience informed lens in your work requires practice. Take this course and learn alongside fictional county employees as they adopt and practice the core principles of trauma and resilience informed care to improve their interactions with the people around them in the “real world.” Consider how applying the skills taught in this video can enhance your current work practices.
The Impact of Trauma on the Brain and Pathways to Healing
Stress and trauma can take a significant toll on the minds and bodies of individuals and families. This course will provide an inside look at the potential impact that stress and trauma on the brain and how that affects everyday living. This course also highlights ways in which intentional healing can begin. A trauma and resilience informed lens is also described, supporting learners in ways to "focus on the wins."
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- UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence
- DMH + UCLA Public Mental Health Partnership
- UCLA Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence
- UCLA Depression Grand Challenge's Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) Program
- UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families
- UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
- Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA
- National Clinical Scholars Program
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