Building resilient families
By Andrew Miki
In late 2015, CPCO and Starling Minds’ founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Miki launched an online mental health initiative supporting our Practicing Associates. Starling is an online program available to all CPCO members. The program includes an example of an administrator named Virginia to help explain mental health concepts and how to increase resiliency to stress. To learn more about Starling Minds, please read our earlier blog posts.
The Starling program was developed by Dr. Andrew Miki. Andrew is a registered psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with patients to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This is the fourth of several posts Andrew is contributing to our blog.
Think back to the time in your life when you decided to become an administrator. Did it feel like a natural extension of your career?
The most frequent reasons that I hear are an intrinsic desire to serve, lead and increase one’s scope of influence. These reasons likely outweighed the significant increase in responsibility, commitment and stress that are inherent to an administrator’s position. Back then, how could you have known that you would need to manage so many “balls in the air”, such as pressures from your board, unpredictable demands from so many parents, budget cutbacks, safety issues, staff politics, potential investigations and students’ behaviours? It’s only by working as an administrator that you learn the job can be so fulfilling yet, at the same time, be such an all-encompassing part of your life. You probably didn’t realize that you were at risk of developing a co-dependent relationship with your smartphone!