Principles for Practical Stress Management

Thursday, June 25 | 3:30-4:15pm

  • Heads of School & Boards

In normal times as a school professional you often face challenging and emotionally charged situations that involve staff, parents and/or students. In addition, the relentless nature of your work requires you battling the constant challenge of having to take on, “Just one more thing.” A pandemic as the “just one more thing” was unexpected, unplanned, and only increased the stress. While you tend to others, the impact on you is routinely overlooked. Your everyday experiences of dealing with crises and potential crises across multiple fronts, as well as the day-to-day functions of a school, can come at a cost. That cost can be called Compassion Fatigue (CF) and/or Burnout which can lead to consequences that can affect all parts of your life, personally and professionally. Research supports that proper self-care can prevent, decrease and/or eliminate Compassion Fatigue and Burnout. This workshop will assist you in THE most critical area… making sure you are in a good place to go the distance.

Eleanor Wells

Eleanor Wells was a board member of Faith Christian School in Roanoke, VA for the first 6 years of the school and her two sons are graduates of the school. Later, she was the first Director of Enrollment at FCS. She has been a parent, donor, volunteer, board member and employee therefore, truly understanding many sides of a Christian Classical School.

Recently, she graduated from Lipscomb University’s Performance Coaching Program and is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. Much of her coaching practice is focused on Compassion Fatigue and Burnout with those in helping professions. After years of working with several nonprofits and ministries she has witnessed the toll of helping others on the lives of the helpers – the Cost of Caring. Through leading workshops and individual coaching, she has been able to help helpers learn to identify their risk factors, their symptoms and develop plans to deal with CF and Burnout.

There is much in the literature around CF and Burnout with social workers, health providers, ministry leaders, law enforcement, and animal workers, yet, there is little written about those in education. However, it is clear that the issue exists and needs to be addressed. Eleanor hopes that by providing awareness and practical helps at the SCL conference that many will benefit. She will also be available during the conference for individual coaching appointments, at no cost.

I am now the CEO of Cohort4Care, a company that provides coaching, consulting and education on burnout and Compassion Fatigue. You may want to visit our website at Cohort4Care.com. Our primary focus is healthcare but we are available to provide services to any helping profession. We work with individuals and organizations.