Holding Steady in Turbulent Times with Beth Kelley

Oct 20, 2020 | Podcast

Many of us are experiencing chronic stress during these challenging times, including our pupils.

When we experience chronic stress – that is when our nervous system is activated for long periods of time – it has the same impact on us as trauma, says Beth Kelley, psychotherapist.

Beth co-authored the book, Teaching, Learning, and Trauma: Responsive practices for holding steady in turbulent times.

In this insightful and deeply practical conversation, Beth shares:

  • A simple definition of ‘trauma’;
  • Simple practices to manage stress or trauma in yourself;
  • Or your class, whether you’re with them in person or teaching online;
  • The most important first step to take in building resilience;
  • How building resilience as a school community means less heavy lifting on any individual teacher or leader;
  • A simple way of knowing when you’re nervous system is out of balance;
  • What to do if your system is ‘too hot’ or ‘too cold’;
  • The most critical thing you can do for your own wellbeing;
  • How to reconnect with your purpose;
  • And much more!

Beth Kelley is a psychotherapist, consultant, coach, and author. She loves working with schools that are committed to caring for their most valuable resource…their people.

Beth joins us from Colorado.

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