WPFP2: Preventing Parent Burnout and Building Resilience with Eileen Devine


In This Episode

Today, some wisdom from a professional who has real, lived experience. Eileen Devine, LCSW, and host Kendra Wilde discuss how compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout can happen to parents and what we can do to safeguard our physical and emotional wellbeing. Parents of children with special healthcare needs (of any kind, but especially behavioral challenges) experience higher levels of stress, illness, depression and anxiety than other parents -- but this fact is too often ignored. As the adoptive mother of a child with significant neurobehavioral challenges and a professional with over a dozen years of clinical experience in supporting parents, Eileen knows this subject. When I read a moving article Eileen wrote about managing caregiver trauma, I knew I had to get her on the show. In this conversation, she explains how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and shares some practical strategies for filling your bucket and building resilience, so you can be the parent you want to be.

About Eileen

Eileen Devine, LCSW has over a dozen years of clinical experience and is the adoptive mother of a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. She believes that kids do well if they can and that when we understand the way a child's brain works, we then understand the meaning behind challenging behaviors. Eileen's goal is to support parents in feeling more competent and confident in connecting with their child by parenting from a brain-based perspective. When this shift happens, both parent and child experience less frustration and more success in their relationship.

Eileen's clinical practice is tailored for parents who are supporting an individual with confirmed or suspected FASD; prenatal or postnatal toxic stress exposure (substances or trauma); children who struggle with challenging behavior, are chronically inflexible, and experience a low threshold for frustration tolerance; and children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to recognize the signs of stress, compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout

  • Why stress and grief around our kids’ “invisible” challenges aren’t generally acknowledged

  • How understanding the meaning behind challenging behaviors can help shift your perception of stress and connect with your child

  • Why self-care is essential -- not selfish

  • How your emotional and physical wellbeing impacts your parenting

  • Steps you can take to move things off your plate and fill your own bucket

  • What Eileen does to take care of herself


Resources Mentioned

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