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Teaching is well-documented as a high-stress career and teachers who work with high-risk youth are exposed to additional stressors exacerbating this problem (Bottiani et al., 2019).

An in-depth needs assessment was conducted using an online survey, observations, interviews, and the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Educator Survey. The needs assessment revealed demand to increase communication and positive acknowledgment, promote a healthier lifestyle, and provide more wellness resources.

A program was developed and proposed to address high psychological stress and burnout which can result in teachers experiencing dissatisfaction, absenteeism, and high turnover. The program is designed to help enhance workplace wellness for teachers and staff working with high-risk youth using an occupational therapy perspective.

Occupational therapy has the potential to enhance workplace wellness by means of promoting overall health in addition to improving the physical environment. A toolkit was developed which includes a wellness resource packet, guide for a 6-week group communication session series, positive feedback initiatives, and a gamified health incentive plan.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Burnout, Professional, Occupational Stress, Teachers, Occupational Therapy, Needs Assessment


Educational Administration and Supervision | Occupational Therapy | Psychology


Poster presented at the Fall 2020 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on December 11, 2020.

Workplace Wellness for Educators of High-Risk Youth