Our most successful wellness consultancies involve a series of online team-building sessions with wellness as a focus. Your team chooses which sessions, in which order, and who attends, depending on needs. Prices vary; for example, one 45-minute session with one trainer starts at $250. Multiple trainers and recording rights cost more.
What do these trainings all have in common? A potent combination of brain science, engaging your team's personal stories, giving practical action steps and setting up accountability systems. We train and coach folks to engage wellness committees and other team-driven action.
Starting July 15, Tyecia and Susan will lead a small cohort online (max 25 people) on a customized series of trainings, with an emphasis on self-care, wellness equity, and fostering Culture Committees in the workplace. Registration is open to anyone, but the program is designed for nonprofit or K-12 school leaders.
Sessions will combine the "greatest hits" from our training curriculum (below) in an interactive format that brings out information and connections from the group. Held on Wednesdays: July 15, July 22, July 29, and August 5, at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific.
Many teams know they need help to manage stress (better). Often, inspiration arises from understanding more about the central nervous system and its links to our physical and mental health. This session presents the latest neuroscience (including polyvagal theory) and uses the Personal Stress Prescription so that each participant designs their own plan by the end of 45 minutes together.
For a sample, here are Susan and Kirsten speaking to both the brain science and some real-life office systems that address stress: Office Systems for Stress Solutions
We think teachers and nonprofit workers need "team care" even more than self-care -- as a sector, we have not proven to be very good at taking care of ourselves. Your team can learn how to reset their positivity when they set appropriate wellness goals, and they learn the inevitable cycle of habit change.
During a pandemic, we must boost our immune systems so we can resist infection even after coronavirus exposure. This science-based session quickly goes over 15 Immune Boosters your team can consider adopting. This 50-min session was hosted by the Society for Nonprofit Organizations: https://youtu.be/Smprqs9YjaE (however, this session was not interactive).
Wellness Equity is the concept that those who suffer the most stress should receive more wellness resources. The Stressor Scorecard is a way to measure and discuss that, safely, as a team. In this session, Mo and Susan go over microaggressions, intersectionality and how to use the Stressor Scorecard with a team: Wellness Equity & the Stressor Scorecard.
This interactive session was developed for civilians at the Pentagon, and has been tweaked, presented, and enjoyed by many audiences over the last six years. The presentation gives three broad suggestions of how to design brain breaks for productivity and joy, along with dozens of ways to practice. This version of Take Five, led by Susan and Ty, involved a surprise cryotherapy session: Take Five: The Best 5-Min Brain Breaks
Tyecia and Gabby, both fitness professionals, have dozens of tips to get you started on your next exercise adventure, even if you're about to fall apart and/or are under quarantine. Low-medium-or high impact? Solo or community? What barrier are you overcoming? Here's one session where Ty and Gabby address these needs: Getting Moving Even While Stressed.
In December 2017, hundreds of nonprofit folks responded to Susan's "burnout prevention survey," which asked about respondents' motivations, stress levels, and wellness needs.
Below, check out the resources that were suggested.
For more about this survey, and the Nonprofit Wellness Pilot that it informed, go to www.nonprofitwellness.org/pilot
Exercise, nutrition, and sleep are critical for every body. For nonprofit workers, physical health is the cornerstone of effectiveness at work (and therefore impact on the world). See what online resources can support moving, feeding and resting your body...
Nonprofit workers are unusually stressed about problems of the world, plus we have problems of our own. Depression, financial woes, addiction and workaholism plague our sector -- so let's pay more attention to our mental health. Here are some great places to start...
We're often communicating poorly and fighting for scarce resources at work. Sometimes we're experiencing racial divisions, sexual harassment or other toxic office cultures. Even the best teams need to constantly invest in building trust, improving communication, providing professional development, and attending to equity issues.
Thanks for the dozens of diverse suggestions y'all sent in -- books, podcasts, TED talks, web resources -- check 'em out & keep 'em coming.
“We’re going to win this war, not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.”
-- Rose Tico (Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi)
"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. All things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you."
― L.R. Knost