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Trauma peer support/Emerging Leaders monthly workshop - Shared screen with speaker view
Mackenzie Warren
31:42
The Nieman article I put in the chat before we started is particularly relevant to some of the stuff Bruce just said.
jhodges
33:17
Can you share that link to the Nieman article again?
Eric Miller
33:52
https://niemanreports.org/articles/what-could-trauma-informed-journalism-look-like/?fbclid=IwAR3uGPwBkWBcE23KN28JoXpI-F8ZkXzwT40CC5VsdoTFy4mJqUc45yZSXV8
jhodges
34:45
Thanks!
Cynthia Benjamin
42:45
So true! We had a photographer who was in the thick of a police chase and he came back clearly traumatized by it. Managers were coming out of every corner of the room to offer help. We ultimately sent him home and also connected him with support from HR.
irangel
44:23
I'd love to hear more tips on how to deal with reporters self censoring and trying to please sources. We have an issue in our area with politicians refusing to talk to us, calling us "fake news" etc.
Mackenzie Warren
45:47
Good questions/thoughts, CJ and Isadora. We will get these in
CSilva
48:36
In terms of professional support, my biggest challenge is referring people to HR services, because there are only a few free counseling sessions covered by HR policy and some reporters don't feel like they earn enough to pay for therapy with the deductible. I feel like I can't help them when they tell me they can't afford therapy but are experiencing PTSD from a story.
CSilva
49:31
Another challenge is then do you encourage someone who is going through it to find a beat that involves less violence? How do you help guide them on story selection when obviously we do need to cover shootings, war, rapes, etc.
Cynthia Benjamin
49:34
Thank you!
avmartinez
49:41
I also have a question about how to approach colleagues who have trauma in their backgrounds and it’s clearly impacting their work. I’m not their direct boss…I’ve suggested getting outside help or things I do or have done, but I do wonder how far to go/ways to help. Their potential is so high, yet there’s this block. I go between, it’s not my place and I want them to be their best, and maybe x or y could help.
Mackenzie Warren
01:05:07
Thanks for all those great questions. Please keep them coming!
Mealand Ragland
01:07:48
did anyone else lose sound?
Mackenzie Warren
01:08:44
All good here
avmartinez
01:08:55
I can hear!
Mealand Ragland
01:09:00
Not sure what's being said but I whole heartedly agree with having a self-care plan.... I'll log out and back in
Sarah Kyle
01:09:47
Hello! I'm the breaking news editor in a relatively small newsroom. Our team does a pretty good job of sharing the load, but often the most traumatic assignments/stories do fall on the same small group of people (my team/me), and it's often in a "when it rains it pours" fashion. What are some suggestions for helping reporters (and myself) pace the load in situations where there aren't a lot of other options beyond forging ahead? Some things I'm already doing: Making sure people have opportunities for stories that aren't just doom and gloom, checking in with reporters, modeling self care, etc.
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:10:42
See link to Beacon Health Options and see everything offered through our EAP - https://mylifeatwork.ehr.com/us/en/Health/Pages/Employee-Assistance-Program-(EAP).aspx
Mackenzie Warren
01:10:57
Sarah, great question/point Let’s get to that
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:12:02
Another way to get there-
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:12:06
https://www.achievesolutions.net/achievesolutions/en/gannett/Home.do
Eric Miller
01:15:37
Tip sheets can be found here: https://dartcenter.org/resources?type[0]=16
Robbie
01:20:20
In terms of self-care, I've told colleagues that, when needed, it's okay to take time off to prioritize their health and allow time to process, exercise, sleep, etc. But what happens when they use up PTO and then later they may be stressed because they don't have enough PTO for personal plans they had already made?
Mackenzie Warren
01:21:32
Robbie, thanks for this. I’ll ask LaNita to reply
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:26:04
They should always reach out to MetLIife because their situation may be covered under Short Term Disability and the Family Medical Leave Act depending on the circumstances. If approved, only the first 5 days are counted towards PTO.
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:26:48
Our EAP plan allows 5 free appointments per issue.
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:27:52
With our medical insurance, if you have the Low or Mid plan, mental health services are subject to the deductible just like a doctor's appointment.
Robbie
01:28:24
Thanks, LaNita!
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:28:34
The high plan is not subject to a deductible, but requires a $50 co-pay.
bhorn
01:29:54
I would try and identify other people who may not have directly covered the shooting, who we may be able to tap to jump on this hurricane coverage
CSilva
01:31:44
I really appreciate the tip of motivating staff by naming why the work has value.
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:31:53
If enrolled in our medical insurance, you can also see a behavior health specialist through MDLive via video. For the Low and Mid plans, it is subject to the deductible and a $25 co-pay for those who have the High plan.
LaNita Gaines-Hargett
01:34:33
I will send MD Live information to Mackenzie to distribute after this webinar.
avmartinez
01:35:58
Cristina, I thought the same thing. We’re mission driven people! It’s so important to remember and hear what we’re doing and why it’s so important.
Mealand Ragland
01:39:00
Check in on her and ask how she's holding up
Kyleah D
01:39:02
Acknowledge the traumatic or heavy work she's been doing and check in to see how she's doing
Mealand Ragland
01:39:49
and try to get her away from the work. Go for a walk and get coffee or ice cream
Eric Miller
01:41:00
Here is an excellent tip sheet that relates to Skill Practice 2: https://dartcenter.org/resources/handling-traumatic-imagery-developing-standard-operating-procedure
adoyle
01:42:21
I have. We lost coworker and friend who died while working with us. And a coworker struggled quite a bit because she'd just lost her mom a few weeks before. The EAP was a good resource to refer her to.
Anna Gallegos
01:48:09
If you're on the other side, how do you start up the conversation with a manager, supervisor, editor about needing help/resource - especially when previous efforts have went nowhere.
avmartinez
02:10:55
Thank you. This was wonderful.
sbruss
02:11:01
Thanks at ton, Bruce. We appreciate it.
elafleur
02:11:19
Thanks again!
Kyleah D
02:11:55
Thank you!