Is it possible to unplug from unhelpful habits that no longer serve us? Can we use accessible language, grounded in science, to describe how to live more intentionally in our personal and professional lives? Are we able to successfully address burnout in our profession? Can we positively impact our overall wellbeing and the wellbeing of those we serve?


The answer is YES WE CAN!


Join us as we explore how to PAUSE unworkable habit loops that often move us away from valued living. PAUSE stands for Present moment awareness, Acceptance, Unstuck, Self-Compassion, and Engagement. PAUSE is based on scholarly and applied work in ABA, behavioral neuroscience, positive psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Disengage from unhelpful, reactive habitual behaviors and support your wellbeing through the application of PAUSE.
  2. Practice present moment awareness in your everyday routines to build your “mindful muscles.”
  3. Access resources and tools to help break unhelpful habit loops and create self-care practices to enhance overall wellbeing and mitigate burnout.

About the Presenter

Renée Van Norman
Dr. Renée Van Norman is Educator and Founder of WellEducator, LLC. She partners with early childhood programs, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education to provide professional development and consultation grounded in research-backed methods. She has designed, implemented, and evaluated an innovative virtual wellness community model, WellEducator Neighborhoods, to support educator wellbeing. She is a graduate in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. Her career has taken her to higher education as an Assistant Professor in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Oregon. She has worked as a Director in Early Childhood Education and at the State-level in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. Throughout her work experience, she has witnessed the immediate need to support the wellbeing of our educational and helping professional workforce. Her passion for educator wellbeing, her personal stories, and her effective and engaging, research-based presentations, inspire educators to define and follow their own wellbeing plan for the betterment of themselves, their students, and the institution in which they serve. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, birding, and spending time with her partner Keith and their dog Charley.

Course information

  • Title: Overcoming Overwhelm: Practical strategies to support wellbeing
  • Presenter: Renée Van Norman Ph.D.
  • Date: Monday, July 29th
  • Time: 9:00 AM Pacific
  • Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
FREE!