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Resources for Healthcare Workers

Here is a list of all our resources for healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 in their daily lives.

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The Reach for Resilience team composed this toolkit that can be utilized as a guide to preventing burnout. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been focused on taking care of others, but this toolkit is to help you care for yourself, and if in a leadership position, your employees too. Inside you will find practical tips, advice, and evidence-based research findings to assist you in preventing burnout and managing your mental health.

The Reach for Resilience team composed this guide after synthesizing available information and research on supporting employees (including healthcare workers) through the COVID-19 pandemic and general mental health concerns in the workplace.

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Reach for Resilience is hosting TWO Webinar Series

Culture Change - Fostering a Resilient Workplace

Who: Healthcare Leaders
When: Recurring Monthly starting May 5, 2022 at 12PM CST
What: FREE Monthly webinar to learn best practices in establishing a more resilient workplace. The webinar series will feature presentations from national authors and researchers on skills that leaders at any level can use to enhance clinician wellbeing.  No CEUs were pre-approved for the webinar series.

Building Resiliency in Healthcare Workers

Who: All Healthcare Workers 
When: Recurring Monthly starting May 19, 2022 at 12PM CST
What: FREE Monthly webinar series will host national authors and researchers to train and support healthcare professionals to increase resilience, self-care, wellbeing and decrease burnout and the risk of the mental health conditions.  No CEUs were pre-approved for the webinar series. 
ALL webinars will be from 12:00pm-1:00pm CST
No CEUs were pre-approved for the webinar series
Healthcare Leader Series:

May 5 Building a better workplace with saying “Thanks” – Lauren Locklear

June 2 – Self-care is not the solution for burnout – Dr. Justin Henderson

July 7 – Overview of the National Academy of Medicine Consensus Study Report, Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Wellbeing and resources on the National Academy of Medicine website – Dr. Christine Cassel

Click here to access the FREE version of the book referenced in this webinar.

A National Strategy for Clinician Wellbeing: A Way Forward
(PowerPoint slides from Dr Cassel’s presentation)

August 4 – Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Wellbeing.  An expanded conversation on the “systems approach” to clinician well-being, the conceptual framework of the overall report and the approaches for using/implementing the framework in your facility – Dr. Pascale Carayon

September 1 – Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Wellbeing. Expanding the conversation of how the work environment and its systems support well-being – Dr. Sharon Pappas

October 6 – Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Wellbeing. Characteristics of well functioning teams and how they can contribute to clinician well-being (as well as operations and improve patient outcomes) – Dr. Lynn Crismon

November 3 – 12 BEST PRACTICES for Mitigating Burnout and Improving Clinician Wellness – Dr. Chen

Healthcare Worker Series:

May 19 – Why Mourning for the Self is a Necessary Part of Healing – Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW

June 16 – On Resilience in an Age of Burnout: An evidence-based approach – Dr. Kira Schabram

July 21 – A Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety – Dr. Hardeep Kaur

August 18 – How Does Stress Affect Your Body? The latest research shows it can vary – Dr. Sherry Ross

September 15 – Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others – Dr. Karla Vermeulen

October 20 – Self-Compassion – Amy Noelle

November 17 – Good Enough is Okay – Dr. Lynne Siqueland

December 15 – Are You Deceiving Yourself? Breaking old patterns of self-denigration – Dr. Peg O’Connor


January 19 – Discomfort of Grief Can Help Us: Recognizing and adapting to loss during the COVID-19 outbreak – Dr. Katherine Shear

February 16 – To be determined

March 16 – Caring for Ourselves: Healing the Healer – Dr. Ken Ginsburg

April 20 – Post-Traumatic Growth

Be Wellcast Season 2: Episode 1 – Dr. Jon Ulven – Guest Toolkit

Dr Ulven joined the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota team for their podcast series: Be Wellcast. 

Episode notes:

Many of us experience times of stress, sleeplessness or panic, but not everyone is aware that it’s often a treatable symptom of anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders.

The last few years of the pandemic has exasperated many people’s mental health conditions, and our guest, Sanford Psychologist Dr. Jon Ulven, wants you to know that you aren’t alone.

Learn what mental health conditions can look like in day-to-day life, along with practical tips to treat symptoms.

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Reach for Resilience: Addressing Healthcare Worker Mental Health

ND Hospital Association 2020 Annual Convention (Sept 2020)

Jon Ulven, PhD, LP and Stephanie Schafer MEd, LPCC, NCC

This lecture discussed the research on the effects of COVID-19 on healthcare worker mental health, building resiliency within healthcare organizations, interventions to aid healthcare workers’s emotional health, and information on the Reach for Resilience program.

Watch on Vimeo

(2021) Culture Change: Fostering a Resilient Workplace

Reach for Resilience hosted a virtual conference on June 2, 2021. 

This event was provided in joint partnership between Sanford Health, Sanford Research, and North Dakota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division.

The purpose of this event was to equip and enhance the skillset of healthcare leaders
in addressing their employee’s mental well-being and burnout.


Stephanie Schafer MEd, LPCC, NCC: Pandemic Mental Health in the Workplace: How it presents and how to talk about it

Jenn Faul, LCSW: Strength Together Through and After the Storm: A group resiliency guide to calmer days

Jon Ulven, PhD, LP: Forget willpower and self-control! How we actually form new habits to improve workplaces and lives

Monica Riopelle, LMSW: Why it’s easier to succeed with mindfulness than you might think

Incorporating Mindfulness in Meetings


"I liked using mindfulness as a positive end to the session."


"I do want to say I appreciate the buddy system."


"Great visualization to the strength in numbers and the weakness of isolation using the redwood [forest example]."

Professional Help Resources

Connect with Others Dealing with COVID-19 in the F-M Area

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who’ve been there.

Someone Died in My Care

Unlocking Us: Grief & Finding Meaning Listen here

Grief Out Loud Podcast The Dougy Center

Terrible, Thanks for Asking PodcastApple Download | Google Download

General Self-Help Resources

COVID Coach – Apple Download | Google Download

San Francisco Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral

Government of Western Australia’s Centre for Clinical Interventions has put together self-guided worksheets and informational items for a variety of mental health conditions – View Resources

COVID-19 and Brain Health: Enhancing the Resilience to Stress Ratio – Watch here

What is COVID-19 Brain Fog and How Can You Clear It? – Read here

Our Brains Were Not Built for This Much Uncertainty – Read here

How Isolation Affects Memory and Thinking Skills – Read here

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