The Heart of Resilience: Personal Tools for Professional Educators

Description of Workshop:

Concerns about teachers’ self-care and well-being are having a resurgence as studies show 46% of teachers experience high stress levels on a daily basis.   Given the environment of academic, social, behavioral and parental demands in addition to concerns about physical safety and violence, it is not surprising that teaching is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States.   

Chronic stress in teachers has been linked to depression, sleep disturbances, and increased susceptibility to illness.  In addition to higher absenteeism and turnover, teacher stress has been linked to poorer teacher performance and student outcomes. The use of mind-body based stress reduction techniques by teachers for self-care may improve student and classroom outcomes in addition to job satisfaction and  physical health.

Through experiential and evidence-based learning, participants will learn a variety of mind-body techniques and biofeedback skills to improve stress levels, resilience, focus, and emotional well-being. Participants will be able to incorporate their “toolkit” immediately into their work and home environments to build internal resilience, decrease stress and improve their capacity to self-regulate in the face of change and uncertainty.  

Intended Audience: Teachers, administrators, staff, parents, school counselors and community members.

Danna Park, MD, FAAP, FACP

Dr. Danna Park specializes in Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Park received her M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She is Board-certified in all three specialties. Dr. Park has specialized training in mind-body medicine (such as guided imagery), vitamins and supplements, nutritional approaches for brain-based disorders and integrative cancer care. She is a Certified Trainer in HeartMath ™ biofeedback and has been using and teaching this modality in her practice for over seven years.

Dr. Park is a graduate of the Residential Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, one of the first and oldest clinical integrative medicine fellowships offered in the United States. She holds faculty positions in both the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Park is the director of Mountain Integrative Medicine, PLLC, an integrative medicine consultation practice in Asheville, NC. Dr. Park provides integrative medicine consultations for adults and children with a variety of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, ADHD and other chronic and acute medical illnesses. In addition, she works with people who are well and want to optimize their health. Dr. Park works closely with specialists and primary care providers to make sure an integrative plan meets the needs of the patient, addresses the concerns of their physicians and fits within the conventional medical plan in a safe way.  

In addition to being a mother of two active boys, Dr. Park practices the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon Do and enjoys sharing a passion for flying airplanes with her husband, who works for Carolina Ophthalmology as a retinal specialist.  

Website: Mountain Integrative Medicine


Phone: 828-333-3339