On Wednesday February 17, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Medaille College, Dr. Caitlin Riegel, presented at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Conference. She presented alongside Dr. Rosina Mete, a registered psychotherapist located in Canada. Their presentaiton, titled “Strategies for Stress Management and Emotional Wellbeing: Teacher Educators Adapting within the Age of Distance Education,” focuses on facilitating comprehension of mental health concerns in the 21st century classroom and provides an overview of strategies to address teacher educators’ stress and emotional wellbeing, with an emphasis on education and awareness to reduce stigma.

Dr. Riegel and Dr. Mete’s presentation focused on stress during the time of a pandemic and what this looks like for educators in the classroom. Dr.’s Riegel and Mete addressed evidence-based self-care practices from concepts such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while illustrating how technology can be used to support their emotional wellbeing during the age of distance learning. The presentation concluded by exploring several technology-based resources (podcast, Facebook group, mental health apps, stress management toolkit, etc.) that can be included in teacher educators’ stress management routines. The relevance of this presentation on teachers s’ mental health is a vital consideration within educator preparation programs as the need to address and advocate for the holistic, caring, and ethical practices in the development of educators rises.

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