Nourish to Flourish Stress & Its Effects

About the Session

Everyone has stress, which can be helpful. Learn how stress can turn toxic. Mental health is a public health concern. Research has indicated that when an individual has toxic stress, this can affect their physical and mental health, both short-term and long-term. Today's youth and many young adults have not been taught the proper skills will how to deal with stress and other mental health issues. This has led to a mental health crisis. We need to identify the sources of toxic stress, learn how stress effects our overall health, spot behavioral indicators of toxic stress, and determine how best to mediate the potential negative outcomes.


Participants will:
  • Discuss types of stress.
  • Identify when stress becomes toxic.
  • Discover how toxic stress effects our brain and body.
  • Distinguish protective factors and resiliency.

About the Presenter

Shawnee Hendershot  is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Relations at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She received her Masters and PhD from Utah State University. She teaches courses on human development, family violence, and family dynamics. One of her passions is educating about mental health. Shawnee grew up in Wyoming. She has also lived in Idaho, Utah, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. She has 17 nieces and nephews, who are the light of her life. In her spare time, she volunteers with female youth ages 8-18. She loves to read, sew, and play the piano.

Professional Development Unit (PDU):  1 CFCS, 1 CNWE

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Nourish to Flourish

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