Wellness Skills for Self-care and Health for Educational Support Professionals

Thursday, September 10, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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This training will offer simple healing skills for self-care and for promoting health and wellbeing for Educational Support Professionals (ESPs). The program was developed by Capacitar International for work with schools and educators in the U.S. and in other countries around the world. Based on popular education and energy-based methods, the Capacitar practices empower people to deal with traumatic stress, to stabilize and balance strong emotions and to awaken their own healing process. This workshop will include opportunities to practice and apply various healing methods. These methods can be used by all educators, families, and others in the community.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize signs of trauma and stress in students, colleagues, family members and oneself;
  • Demonstrate eight basic Capacitar practices for self-care and for alleviating stress and the symptoms of trauma;
  • Apply methods of protection with oneself/others;
  • Understand Capacitar’s popular education and holistic approach for healing trauma and stress; and
  • Adapt the practices to different cultures.

Patricia Cane, PhD, Capacitar Founder/Director

Joan Condon, MA, Capacitar Special Projects Coordinator

Sheila Grady, MSEd, Capacitar Board, Retired Educator


NEA affiliate leaders, staff, members and partners. All interested parties are welcome. You are encouraged to forward this invite to your partners, leaders and other team members.


Jennie Young, NEA Sr. Program/Policy Analyst

Jessica Brinkley, NEA Sr. Program/Policy Analyst

Questions? Contact Jessica Brinkley at jdbrinkley@nea.org.

For additional NEA ESP professional development opportunities, visit www.nea.org/esppd


Education support professionals essential to distance learning work

Education support professionals are essential front line workers. During spring ESPs have provided a wide variety of services from child care to children of essential workers to supporting students through virtual platforms. Education support professionals have been and will continue to be an intricate piece to the success of distance learning.

Many districts will be returning remotely this fall and within these districts ESPs job expectations vary greatly. What are some duties ESPs in your districts are doing? Please share in the comments below or send to Jill.scarcelli@ieanea.org


UGH!! Technical Difficulties

You know what they say about the best laid plans!! I want to apologize about the technical difficulties with yesterdays IEA ESP Roundtable! We will work on the issues for next months Roundtable on September 19th. For those who were able to attend, we did have a fabulous discussion with Dr. Stacy Young about ESP Health and Safety As We Return To School. Once the audio is ready it will be uploaded to IEA’s Members Only site.

Thank you again for your patience!!