Teacher Stress: From the Inside Out

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Course Information
Course Type
Professional Development
Instructor Dr. Sheena Brown Term
Day & Time Online: Self-paced, June 1-30, 2017; In-person: 9am- 2:30pm, Saturday June 24, 2017

Course Description

A non-credit course offered through the University of Arizona, Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures, in collaboration with Continuing and Professional Education

"I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread." -JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 Forty-six percent of teachers report high daily stress, which compromises health, sleep, quality of life,  and teaching performance. During this course, we will learn and practice simple tools to manage  stress, recognize  and build upon existing strengths, develop self-acceptance, and discuss the role of  self-compassion in  managing stress. By becoming actively engaged in our own lives, (re)discovering  our passion and driving  forces, we can enhance our resiliance in spite of ongoing challenges.  Recognizing the components of our lives  that provide meaning, and learning how to respond to life's  challenges, we simultaneously impact our  happiness, health, and wellbeing. Stress management tools  will include minful meditation, low-impact yoga, and building a toolbox of stress management and  relaxation exercises that can be incorporated into daily life.

 Who should take this course?

 This course is part of a Religion and the Classroom series designed for educators involved with students at the K-12 level who are interested in the intersection of religion and the classroom. Although they are prepared with Arizona teachers and counselors in mind, the information in these courses is relevant to those from other states as well. A minimum of six hours is required in order to complete each fully-online course; these courses will also be offered in person. Upon verification, a certificate of completion (towards maintenance of teacher certification) will be issued by the Office of Continuing and Professional Education. 

Program Dates and Location:

Online Format- Self paced; available June 1-30, 2017

In-person Class- Friday through Saturday, June 23-24 2017 at 1955 East Sixth Street, Tucson AZ 85721

About the Instructor:

Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Human Services and Family Studies & Human Development at UA South, with a joint appointment in the Health Promotion Sciences department in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Brown trained as a neurobiologist, her Ph.D. is in zoology and anatomy from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Dr. Brown moved to Tucson in 2003 and worked as a research scientist in the Neuroscience Department at UA until 2013. In 2014 she completed a Master's in Public Health from MEZCOPH, and transitioned out of bench science and into community research. This transition was inspired by a desire to be more involved in higher education, to empower students to be engaged in their own health and wellness, their education, and in their community. Dr. Brown is particularly interested in the association between chronic stress and chronic disease, and has designed and implemented contemplative-based programs to address the increasing stress burden in both children and adults. Dr. Brown is an advocate and supporter of diversity, particularly in higher education.