Heads Forum: Coping with Burnout
You’re a year into supporting faculty, staff, and families through a pandemic, contentious election, and economic crisis. We hear each day that you, our TABS heads of school, are just plain exhausted. The challenge is no longer what you need to do to stay safe and operational; the challenge is how to keep doing it, day in and day out.
Join psychologists Rob Evans and Michael Thompson and the community of TABS heads of school to explore the reality of burnout for leaders steering residential learning communities, to reflect on the coping skills you’ve developed, and to talk through ways to recharge as we head toward the unknowns of spring.
Michael Thompson PhD
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
A dedicated author, speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR’s “Morning Edition” with Susan Stamberg, “Talk of the Nation” with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled “Raising Cain” that was broadcast nationally in 2006.
Rob Evans EdD
Robert Evans Ed.D. is a psychologist, author, and school consultant. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted to more than 1,700 schools, public and private, throughout the U.S. and internationally, working with teachers, leaders, and boards. Rob received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Harvard. His particular interests are in leadership, in helping schools cope with change, in crisis intervention, and in improving collegiality and candor among educators.