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1. What is RESST

1. What is RESST?

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Regulating Emotions and Stress for pre-Service Teachers

Program Development

The development of the RESST program was informed by:

Business Consultation

A needs assessment

A needs assessment with pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and other relevant professionals nationwide 

Open Book

A review of the literature

A literature review of existing programs

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Consultations with partners

Consultations with partner universities nationally and internationally

A PROGRAM TO BENEFIT BOTH PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS

College Students

RESST is a program to enhance pre-service teachers’ well-being and resilience to stress, as well as that of their students

Teacher

RESST has been rigorously evaluated and has demonstrated efficacy with pre-service teachers at McGill University (at both the elementary and secondary levels)

Canada

The digital program will be shared with teacher training programs across Canada

4. RESST Aims

2. RESST Program Aims

1

To enhance pre-service teachers’ well-being by providing them with evidence-based strategies to help build resilience and protect against the effects of stress in the teaching profession

2

To teach strategies for both pre-service teachers and their students, so that they can be practiced together in the classroom
2. RESST Overview

3. RESST Program Overview

Program length: 5 hours total, divided into 4 sessions

Content includes...

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Sharing of evidence-based knowledge around stress management​

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In-session and at-home practice of strategies for personal use and for use in the classroom

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Video clips of interviews with in-service teachers discussing relevant topics

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Application of strategies learned to real case scenarios

(both personal and classroom scenarios)

3. RESST Topics

4. RESST Topics

Teacher
Resilience

Showing ourselves the kindness and consideration that we readily show loved ones and others

Becoming aware of different aspects of oneself as a teacher

Self-
Compassion
Self-
Awareness
Self-
Connectedness

The perceived sense of relatedness or connection to others

Paying attention to our present moment experience on purpose and with nonjudgmental acceptance

Mindfulness
Emotion Regulation

The process by which we manage the experience and expression of our emotions

5. RESST Evaluation

5. RESST Research Evidence

RESST has been rigorously evaluated at McGill University. Following program attendance, pre-service teachers reported...

Increased...

Positive affect

Well-being

Coping self-efficacy

Teacher self-efficacy

Mindfulness

Decreased...

Negative affect

Perceived stress

Anxiety

Böke, B. N., Petrovic, J., Zito, S., Sadowski, I., Carsley, D., Rodger, S., & Heath, N. L. (2023). Two for one: Effectiveness of a mandatory personal and classroom stress management program for pre-service teachers. School Psychologyhttps://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000611

Now Available as D-RESST!

Offered in a standalone, digital format
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Compatible with most learning management software (LMS)
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Self-paced, with automatic completion tracking
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Available in both English and French, with female and male narration options

Call-to-Action

The digital RESST program is now available to share with teacher preparation programs across Canada.

For all inquiries, please email the RESST program administrators:

or

You may also contact Dr. Nancy Heath at nancy.heath@mcgill.ca

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