Pennie Sempell has spent much of her adult life answering this question: How do I boost my resilience? In this interview with John Jurica, host of the Physician NonClinical Careers podcast, she explains what she and her colleagues have developed to address that very challenge.

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Host Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick talks to the CEO of StressPal, Pennie Sempell. She has a tremendous background in using technology to address the mental health needs of healthcare providers to improve performance and reduce burnout. Their discussion focuses on resilience training for clinical and administrative staffs at hospitals and health systems.

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Our final group of thought leaders bring us insights on 2021 as we will continue to struggle to control and eradicate COVID-19. The continued strain on healthcare communities, medical professionals, healthcare staffing, and resource allocation that the pandemic has brought about may not go away for most of next year.

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A rustling of leaves was heard in the deep underbrush. The hunter froze in place, his fingers stiffening around his bow, poised for attack or flight. He bolted, leaping across the rocks as the cougar emerged, just missing its prey. Not stopping until he reached his destination, the hunter collapsed by the fire and fell asleep. This analogy showcases the survival response and a natural, rapid recovery.

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The Physicians Foundation’s 2020 Survey of America’s Physicians: COVID-19’s Impact on Physician Wellbeing finds that nearly 1 in 4 physicians (22%) know a physician who committed suicide and the majority (58%) express feelings of burnout. The full report is available to download.

StressPal, a leader in evidence-based resilience training for clinicians, today announced the launch of StressPal Frontline – an active-learning tool that blends best practice strategies to protect psychological resilience and reduce burnout, enhancing cognitive clarity, improved decision-making, better communication and performance.

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Healthcare delivery is inherently complex, unpredictable, and challenging. Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, those pain points become exacerbated. On a daily basis, clinician teams and administrators are faced with multifaceted responsibilities and demands for time, attention and compassion that can lead to stress, fatigue and burnout. Contact with ailing patients and their relatives creates further complexities, potentially impacting psychological and physical health, quality of life and performance.

To read the full article, authored by Pennie Sempell, JD, and James Monroe, PhD, visit Physicians Practice.

Evidence-based, personalized training program helps high stress clinical teams build resilience to reduce burnout, improve decision-making, communication and performance

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – October 27, 2020 – StressPal, a leader in evidence-based resilience training for clinicians, today announced the launch of StressPal Frontline – an active-learning tool that blends best practice strategies to protect psychological resilience and reduce burnout, enhancing cognitive clarity, improved decision-making, better communication and performance.

Grounded in peer-reviewed research, this interactive program harnesses the brain’s complex capacity to change how the brain responds, adapts, learns and recovers from stressors and challenges. StressPal Frontline’s core training is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with an innovative integration of cognitive behavioral models and mindfulness exercises. Compelling storytelling in a video-rich environment creates an immersive experience that is concise, engaging and easy to follow. The developmental learning model is self-paced over four weeks, with brief daily repetitions to progress to the next level, and ongoing support.

Alfredo Alberto, a Family and Community Health Extension Agent for Prairie View A&M University in Texas, works in a high stress environment alongside healthcare workers who provide triage to primary care for Medicare and other patients. He recently started the StressPal Frontline program saying, “There is a great amount of emphasis put on awareness, which has been exciting to see. For weeks now I have benefited greatly in identifying, managing and creating new mindfulness skills through their program.”

StressPal Frontline is specifically designed for healthcare organizations to customize and brand a training program that is secure and confidential for their clinical teams, staff and allied professionals. Co-Founders Pennie Sempell, JD and James Monroe, PhD bring more than 60 years’ combined experience in clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, research and integrative health education to the StressPal leadership team.

“A common misconception is that resilience or grit is something you are born with, that it can’t be improved. That’s not the case. With more than half of clinicians experiencing symptoms of burnout even before the current pandemic, we felt it imperative to help the healthcare community by offering leading intervention strategies to protect and build resilience,” said Sempell. “The cutting-edge science behind our Frontline solution helps clinicians and their staff protect and build their resilience in these high stress times. We all need healthcare to survive and thrive. Resilience and flexibility are crucial to that success.”

About StressPal
Founded in 2015, StressPal expands the ability for clinicians and mental health professionals to provide excellence in behavioral medicine solutions for patients that are truly personalized, engaging, low cost, effective and easy to administer. Through active-learning models, StressPal innovates online stress resilience education programs that embed leading psychotherapeutic models in a compelling storyline with animation and interactivity at its core. For more information visit https://stresspal.com/.

In this article published by HiMSS, physicians speak out on factors they consider in self-care for burnout.

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Learning effective ways to turn down the amplitude of the stress response has benefits in preventing illness. View the full post here.