Working on Wellness On-Demand Learning Modules

CHAMPS has partnered with the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) to develop the Working on Wellness On-Demand Learning Modules to promote resiliency and wellness in Region VIII Health Centers. These pre-recorded presentations offer the chance for Region VIII health center and Primary Care Association personnel to engage in educational content on their schedules. Please note that continuing education credit is typically NOT available for CHAMPS on-demand learning sessions unless otherwise indicated below.

If you have any questions, please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

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One Hour of Happiness: The Psychology of Happiness
The Science and Art of Meditation
Burnout and Well-Being: Regenerating YOUR Balance
The Inner Critic: Friend, Foe, or Neither?
Leveraging Neuroscience and Mindfulness to Maintain Well-Being in the Pandemic (and Beyond)

ONE HOUR OF HAPPINESS: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HAPPINESS

Dr. John Sommers-Flanagan, professor of counseling at the University of Montana, distills the content of his very popular semester-long course, The Psychology of Happiness, to one hour of just the essentials.

Watch this module here.
Presentation slides coming soon.
Length: 63 minutes

About Dr. Sommers-Flanagan
John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD is a professor of counseling at the University of Montana, a clinical psychologist, and author or coauthor of over 100 publications, including nine books and many professional training videos. His books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Clinical Interviewing and Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Strengths-Based Approach. To maintain his happiness, in his wild and precious spare time, John loves to run (slowly), dance (poorly), laugh (loudly) and produce home-made family music videos.

Related Resources
John Sommers-Flanagan Resource Blog
Montana Happiness Project

THE SCIENCE AND ART OF MEDITATION

Dr. Jay Moreland details the benefits of mindfulness and personal mediation practice while walking through several examples of meditation practice. Find a quiet place to view this video to allow yourself the opportunity to participate. You may find you want to view this video over and over again.

Watch this module here.
View the presentation slides here.
Length: 53 minutes

About Dr. Moreland
Jay Moreland, MD has practiced medicine for over 30 years. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He has board certification from the American Board of Family Medicine. He also has board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the Medical Director for Rocky Mountain Care’s palliative care program and is the Medical Director for their hospice program in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been a lecturer and preceptor at the University of Utah Medical Center for both the Family Medicine and OB/GYN residencies since 1998. He does full spectrum family practice, including obstetrics. Dr. Moreland received a medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, in Los Angeles, and completed residency in Family Medicine at the McKay-Dee Hospital and University of Utah Family Practice Residency in Ogden, Utah. He has been meditating for over 25 year and has his own podcast called “Dr. Jay’s Peaceful Meditation.” He plays lead guitar in a band called “Winding Road.”

Related Resources
Dr. Jay’s Peaceful Meditation (available in both English and Spanish)

BURNOUT AND WELL-BEING: REGENERATING YOUR BALANCE

Dr. Abbie Beacham, Director of Behavioral Science at University of Louisville School of Dentistry, defines burnout and it’s impact on individuals, organizations, and systems. Then Dr. Beacham introduces the PERMAH module of well-being to help individuals, teams, and organizations identify the areas areas most in need of change so they can begin to build lasting balance.

Watch this module here.
View the presentation slides here.
Length: 54 minutes

About Dr. Beacham
Abbie Beacham, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent her career working in health care and medical settings. She has her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville, completed her internship in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center, and Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry. Over the past five years she has worked extensively with physicians and other healthcare professionals in addressing their stress, burnout and well-being. As part of this work, she collaborated with colleagues to develop and implement evidence-based well-being programs for health professionals. Her most recent training “Cultivating Personal Resilience” has been presented to hundreds of professionals in both in-person and online formats.

In 2019, Abbie relocated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, CO to assume the position of Director of Behavioral Science at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Louisville, KY. A licensed psychologist in Colorado and Kentucky (provisional), she maintains a small private practice serving healthcare professionals via online consultation and therapy.

Related Resources
PERMAH Model
Project Well-Being

THE INNER CRITIC: FRIEND, FOE, OR NEITHER?

Dr. Christine Runyan addresses an often overlooked truth: healthcare professionals do not lack resilience. The rigorous training paradigm ensures they have the ability to “bounce back in the face of adversity.” However, needing to be resilient in the face of chronic stress, coupled with a common mindset of perfectionism, allows the voice of self-criticism to flourish. Many clinicians achieve excellence, in part, by repeatedly bowing at the altar of self-criticism and demanding more and better for themselves. This behavior is rewarded throughout training. Once training ends, however, this well-oiled mechanism is extremely hard to turn off simply because the evaluations, feedback, and grading has stopped. The cognitive and behavioral habit loops have been formed and a pernicious negative internalized voice persists. The seeming paradox between imposter syndrome on one hand, and perfectionism or even ego on the other hand, are actually manifestations from the same source. This presentation will focus on learning how to recognize and meet the inner critic for sustained well-being in clinical practice.

Watch this module here.
View the presentation slides here.
Length: 48 minutes

About Dr. Runyan
Christine Runyan, PhD, ABPP is a clinical health psychologist, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Co-Founder of Tend Health. After starting her career as a psychologist in the US Air Force, she focused her research, clinical service, and teaching on behavioral science in family medicine as well as promoting models of integrated primary care. Dr. Runyan is also a mindfulness teacher at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. At the height of the pandemic, recognizing the undeniable need for expert mental health services for healthcare professionals, she launched Tend Health. Tend Health provides specialized, private, and accessible mental health care and education to healthcare professionals and consultation to healthcare organizations willing to invest in their most precious resource.

Related Resources
Finance for Physicians Article: It’s OK to Not Be OK
Frankly Speaking Podcast Episode: Surviving Burnout: Caring for Ourselves
Tend Health Resources for Individuals

LEVERAGING NEUROSCIENCE AND MINDFULNESS TO MAINTAIN WELL-BEING IN THE PANDEMIC (AND BEYOND)

Dr. Christine Runyan begins this session with the premise that humans do not like uncertainty. The pandemic ignited uncertainty on a multitude of levels, for all of us. In the face of this uncertainty and fear, the very predictable stress response has been chronically activated and unmitigated for humans across the globe. It is this physiological activation that is likely at the root of the burgeoning mental health crisis, increased rates of substance misuse, poor health behaviors, interpersonal violence, and stress-related medical conditions. While the stress response is most often characterized by fight, flight, and freeze phenomena; rarely do we consider individual variability based on prior experiences.  Equally important, we have not been able to collectively leverage  the ‘tend-and-befriend’ response that is physiologically intrinsic to humans. This presentation will address both of these concepts, drawing upon neuroscience and mindfulness to understand current levels of distress as well as potent applications of these concepts to enhance well-being.

Watch this module here.
View the presentation slides here.
Length: 58 minutes

About Dr. Runyan
Christine Runyan, PhD, ABPP is a clinical health psychologist, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Co-Founder of Tend Health. After starting her career as a psychologist in the US Air Force, she focused her research, clinical service, and teaching on behavioral science in family medicine as well as promoting models of integrated primary care. Dr. Runyan is also a mindfulness teacher at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. At the height of the pandemic, recognizing the undeniable need for expert mental health services for healthcare professionals, she launched Tend Health. Tend Health provides specialized, private, and accessible mental health care and education to healthcare professionals and consultation to healthcare organizations willing to invest in their most precious resource.

Related Resources
CNN News: Here’s How You Can Combat COVID Brain Fog
On Being Article: What’s Happening in our Nervous Systems
Rocky Mountain Health Plans Recording: Managing Secondary Trauma in Primary Care
Tend Health Courses
Tend Health Resources for Organizations