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Learn more about Lauren Kazee and the services offered through LivingS.L.O.W.

LivingS.L.O.W.™ Background

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.

Services Offered Through LivingS.L.O.W™

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.

Work with identified school representative(s) to train, coach, establish and maintain efforts around staff wellness.

Pricing varies upon request.

Self Care

Why?

  • 46% of teachers report high daily stress during the school year. That’s tied with nurses for the highest rate among all occupational groups.[1]
  • Research estimates that between 23 percent and 42 percent of teachers stop teaching within their first five years[2]
  • The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future estimates that public school teacher turnover costs more than $7.3 billion per year.[3]
  • Burnout is common among health care workers. Characteristics of the health care environment… combined with personal predisposing factors and the emotional intensity of clinical work put clinicians at high risk. Estimates for the prevalence of burnout ranged from 10%–70% among nurses and 30%–50% among physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.[4]
  1. Gallup (2014). State of American Schools. Retrieved from http://www.gallup.com/services/178709/ state-america-schools-report.aspx.
  2. Ingersoll, R., Merrill, L. & Stuckey, D. (2014) Seven trends: the transformation of the teaching force. CPRE Report (#RR 80). Consortium for Policy Research in Education, University of Pennsylvania.  Raue, K., & Gray, L. (2015, September). Career Paths of Beginning Public School Teachers: Results From the First Through Fifth Waves of the 2007—08 Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study, Stats in Brief. NCES 2015-196. U.S. Department of Education.  Perda (2013) dissertation in Ingersoll (2014)
  3. National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (2007). The High Cost of Teacher Turnover (Policy Brief)
  4. Perspectives on Safety February 2016 Burnout Among Health Professionals and Its Effect on Patient Safety

"High energy presenter, great resources, and information"

What?

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.

"Excellent, enthusiastic, passionate, smart, clear. Nice job. Great info!"

Who?

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.™.

"She was very enthusiastic and seems to love what she does! She was very enlightening."

Where?

Contact Lauren Kazee, LMSW at Lauren@livingslow.org

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