Educators are regularly reported as belonging to the one of the most stressful occupations. The effects of stress are leading to low teacher retention rates and a high prevalence of burnout. There has to be a better way! How can teachers set about reducing their feelings of burnout and improve motivation and work engagement? Dr Maureen Miner-Bridges has been integrally involved in some Australian-based research that has examined well-being amongst faith-based workers. On the evening she helped us explore how faith-based practices influence work engagement, motivation and helped us to apply practices that lead to improved well-being.
We were pleased to have Dr Maureen Miner Bridges (Director of Research at Excelsia College, Adjunct Research Fellow at UWS and Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University) speaking at this event. The evening was designed to examine how Christian educators can set about reducing their feelings of burnout and improve motivation and work engagement. This evening was based around recent Australian research and it reveals the particular resources that Christians have available to ensure improved well-being. The evening was an opportunity for us as a professional learning community to interact with each other and the speaker to consider how this research can be applied to our individual and corporate practice in school communities.
Speaker: Dr Maureen Miner Bridges
Maureen Miner /Maureen Miner Bridges (BSc (Hons), M.Clin.Psy., PhD) is Director of Research at Excelsia College, Adjunct Research Fellow at UWS and Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University. For over 15 years Maureen has taught and researched in the field of the psychology of religion/spirituality. She also consults as a clinical psychologist with clients having a religious worldview. Current collaborative research projects include the antecedents of burnout and job satisfaction in church leaders; the impact of attachment to God on psychological health and well-being; and ethical decision making. She has published in the Journal of Psychology & Theology, Mental Health, Religion and Culture, Review of Religious Research, Theology & Science, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Further Reading for Teacher Identified Professional Development
Below you will find a number of readings connected to the content of this event. These readings will give you an insight into the content of the evening and will be valuable to inform your thinking. This reading can be accredited as Teacher Identified Professional Development. Enter it into your personal log and into your online professional development record with NESA. Don’t forget to write a short explanation of how the activity addressed the standard descriptors you nominated.
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3. Bickerton, G., Miner, M., Dowson, M., & Griffin, B. (2014). Spiritual resources and work engagement among religious workers: A three-wave longitudinal study. Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology, 87(2), 370-391. DOI: 10.1111/joop.12052
4. Bickerton, G.R., Miner, M.H., Dowson, M. & Griffin, B. (2014). Incremental validity of spiritual resources in the job demands-resources model. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 7(2), 162-172. DOI: 10.1037/rel0000012