MMI takes part in national MHTTC wellness symposium

July 30, 2021

Image with caption: Grace Gengoux, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center's national symposium.

Grace Gengoux, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center's national symposium.

UNMC leaders will take part in the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network's Organizational Well-Being in Health Care: A National Symposium.

The Mid-America MHTTC is located at UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute.

The free symposium, on Aug. 5 and 6, now is open for registration.

Health care professionals have long experienced high levels of burnout, and since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue. Burnout can manifest as fatigue, impaired focus, and depersonalization resulting from emotional exhaustion symptoms that require attention so that health professionals can continue to care for our most vulnerable.

While health care workers can and should utilize self-care strategies to enhance their personal and professional lives, organizations have the responsibility to improve working conditions from the top down. When organizations adopt a culture of well-being, employees can expend their energy working rather than simply tolerating their work environment.

In this two-day symposium, attendees will learn why it is essential for health care organizations to play a role in evaluating and addressing the conditions influencing their employees' well-being. Attendees will learn the lasting benefits organizations can experience upon investing in these values.

The keynote speaker for the event is Grace Gengoux, PhD, clinical professor, director of the Autism Intervention Clinic, and well-being director for the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. Her presentation is titled "Systems Solutions for Enhancing Professional Well-Being."

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, will moderate a panel at 10 a.m. CT on Aug. 6 on "National Perspectives for Improving Organizational Responses to Health Professionals' Well-Being." Steve Wengel, MD, assistant vice chancellor for campus wellness, will be a member of the panel.

Learn more about the speakers at the event.

"The Mid-America MHTTC has been engaged in regional efforts to provide training on supporting the well-being for health care professionals at the organizational level. This is an issue of critical importance at this time as we continue to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our workforce," said Brandy Clarke, PhD, project director of the Mid-America MHTTC and a faculty member at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. "This symposium will bring together national experts on this topic to help disseminate knowledge and new tools to address this issue."

The Mid-America MHTTC integrates behavioral health care into primary care programs and provides training and technical assistance in implementing comprehensive school mental health programming, community-based programming to address serious mental illness and behavioral health workforce development.

One- or two-day registrations are available.

See more information and register.

Questions can be addressed to Lauren Robinson via email.