Front-line health workers, law enforcement invited to free mindfulness-based resilience training

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in partnership with West Virginia University’s Office of Health Affairs, Marshall University and Mindful Badge training facilitators are recruiting 200 front-line health workers and law enforcement personnel from West Virginia to participate in Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training. The two-day training will help to improve mental and physical well-being along with preventing compassion fatigue, burnout and attrition.

Participants may include:

  • Foster care families
  • Social Workers
  • Child Protective Services personnel
  • Case managers and coordinators
  • Emergency services personnel
  • Behavioral health personnel
  • Law enforcement personnel

“Burnout is a well-documented negative occupational consequence among front-line health workers and law enforcement personnel, placing these workers at physical and mental health risk”, said Keith Zullig, Ph.D., principal investigator of the project and professor and chair at the WVU School of Public Health.

Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training has emerged as a novel approach to address the pressing need of effective interventions for first responder resilience in the context of acute and chronic stressors inherent to law enforcement and other front-line worker occupations, and may be especially helpful for workers in West Virginia “where they report high exposure to traumatic events and face significant barriers to accessing mental health treatment,” says Zullig.

Training opportunities will be held:

  • Feb. 14-15 at Huntington, Cabell County 4-H Camp
  • Feb. 17-18 at Huntington, Cabell-Huntington Health Department
  • March 21-22 at Martinsburg, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
  • April 21-22 at Martinsburg, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
  • April 25-26 at Charleston, John Paul XXIII Pastoral Center
  • May 12-13 at Wheeling, Wheeling University
  • May 17-18 at Beckley, WVU Tech
  • June 16-17 at Parkersburg, WVU Parkersburg
  • June 20-21 at Lewisburg, State Fair of West Virginia Fairgrounds
  • June 23-24 at Morgantown, Morgantown Event Center

There is no cost to attend this training, and all meals and materials will be covered. The only cost is your time and willingness to participate. Participants will need to work with supervisors to allocate time to participate.

To receive additional information or enroll in training, please reach out via email to mindfulnesstrainingWV@hsc.wvu.edu or call 304-293-1545.

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