By: Caitlyn Brown
At MFLN Family Development, we have spent a lot of time discussing and exploring resiliency in military families. However, we do not want to overlook the importance of resiliency in our providers. As providers, we are often taught about self-care and work/life balance. However, implementing what we are taught is often easier said than done. There are many situations and cases that may linger with us as providers; following us home and impacting our own affect, behavior, and thoughts. Fortunately, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology has helped to fill that gap through the creation of an app called Provider Resilience.
Apps are something that many of us take for granted at this point, despite the amount we rely on them. The Provider Resilience app is another to add to the pages of our smartphones, to utilize when needed. This app is aimed towards clinicians, who often put their own self-care on the back burner as they care for their clients and others in their lives. According to the director of the program that created the app, it’s designed to fit easily and seamlessly into the busy schedule of practitioners in order to keep their emotional well-being in check. This is done through mini self-assessments that track an individual’s risk of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary stress and provides personal resiliency rating. This resiliency rating consists of components such as rest and relaxation clock, burnout, and Professional Quality of Life.
The Provider Resilience app is free to both Android and Apple users and can be found in the respective stores associated with each brand. We at MFLN Family Development encourage you to check out this resource and share with us how it is helpful to you in the comments below. We would also love to hear about ways in which you commit to your own provider resilience!
This post was written by Caitlyn Brown of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.