Learn more about Lauren Kazee and the services offered through LivingS.L.O.W.
My name is Lauren Kazee, founder of LivingS.L.O.W.. Throughout my career as a licensed social worker, my efforts have focused on mental health and wellness for youth, inside and outside the school setting. While working with school staff in numerous buildings to address the mental health needs of students, it became evident that often the needs of the adults in the buildings were being neglected, and/or ignored. In some cases, teachers were completely frustrated and discouraged (maybe a few were even depressed). This, along with my work to expand the use of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies schoolwide, motivated me to shift my work to include a focus on the well-being of the school’s staff, thus prompting LivingS.L.O.W.. I believe (and have seen) that if you: “feed the teachers, they don’t eat the kids™”. I assert that when the grown-ups are doing well overall (i.e. socially, emotionally, physically, etc.), it allows for a better learning environment where everyone can thrive. The result: happy, healthy, safe schools where teachers can teach and students can learn. Isn’t that what we all want?
I received my Bachelors of Social Work in 1993 and Masters of Social Work in 1994, both from University of Illinois in Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. As a licensed professional, I worked in inner city Chicago, rural communities in Ohio and urban areas in Michigan as a school social worker and an outpatient therapist. My experience within the mental health field and education system led to participation in various federal and state-funded projects throughout the state of Michigan, as well as opportunities to contribute to and support mental health efforts in other states. I have decades of experience providing keynotes, training, workshops and presentations at national, state and local conferences, and professional development events.
You are not alone. Join us for “Teacher Talk” as we support one another in a place that feels welcoming and nurturing. Each group session is virtual and lasts for 60 minutes. Each cohort runs for 8 weeks. Select a group time that works best for you. Currently, offered every other Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. or every other Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration for Teacher Talk ends September 1st. Another session will begin in January 2023 if you miss this one. Check back for more details.
These interactive and engaging sessions focus on providing staff with self-care tips and strategies that are easy to implement throughout their busy day. Opportunities to practice and develop their own coping skills are included. All offerings are customized to fit the need.
Receive personal support on ways to establish, improve, or enhance self-care practices.
Pricing varies upon request.
Living S.L.O.W.™ supports the self-care and wellbeing of educators and caretaking professionals by providing brief and sustainable approaches that can be easily embedded into their busy day enhancing their positive impact of those with whom they work.
Setting aside time for self-care is important but may not seem readily accessible. Living S.L.O.W. offers strategies to help “in the moment” when self-care is most needed. These shifts can be done anywhere, take only a few moments, and can be used throughout the day. Ultimately, the hope is that everyone can learn to go S.L.O.W.©, to realize what you need, when you need it and how to effectively (& efficiently) take care of yourself, a valuable commodity.
My name is Lauren Kazee, founder of Living S.L.O.W.. Throughout my career as a licensed social worker, my efforts have focused on mental health and wellness for youth, inside and outside the school setting. While working to address the mental health needs of students, it became evident that often the needs of the staff in the buildings were being neglected or ignored. In some cases, teachers were completely frustrated and discouraged (maybe a few were even depressed). This motivated me to shift my work to include a focus on the well-being of educators, thus prompting Living S.L.O.W.™.