In January of 2020, I founded The Child Safety Collaborative LLC, the parent organization of the Teacher Care Network because I was concerned about the emotional development and emotional safety of children and teachers. I didn't want to spend my career as an educational psychologist doing research without having ongoing engagement with the people the research exists to serve. When I founded the Collaborative, I had no idea we were a few months away from a public health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Teacher Care Network was born out of request, meaning that I started receiving so many requests for teacher burnout workshops, coaching, and consulting that it took on a life of its own.
Research shows that one of the most important protective factors in preventing child maltreatment is the support of adults in the child's life. The Child Safety Collaborative, and subsequently founded Teacher Care Network, exist to support schools, organizations, and individuals as they build the skills they need to show up as a supportive adult in the lives of the children they interact with on a daily basis.
I do that in two ways: 1) working with organizations, families and children directly to help them embrace a culture of physical and emotional safety through practical skill development (Learn more here.), and 2) working with educators who are experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue so they can bring their best self to their relationships with students.
I bring a wide array of expertise to the table related to education, psychology, and professional development that combine to bring you high quality, individualized and group services.
Email me today to set up a Discovery Call about how I can help you, your school, or your organization take intentional action to be emotionally safe within yourself and with the children you spend your days helping grow.
-Dr. Jen Johnson
I'm an educational psychologist with a PhD specializing in emotional/behavioral disorders, a child safety expert, a former special educator, and teacher burnout specialist. I founded The Child Safety Collaborative, the parent organization of the Teacher Care Network, to equip adults as they promote child safety and positive behavior in their homes, schools, and organizations. Through my work with social emotional learning implementation in schools, I saw and heard so many stories of teacher burnout and compassion fatigue. It became clear to me that before teachers could have the bandwidth to implement social emotional learning with their students, they needed to experience safety within themselves. And not only did they need the emotional safety, they wanted it!
At that time I dove into the research databases and developed a model for teacher burnout prevention and recovery based on evidence-based practices from the very small amount of educational research and from nursing research, which has arguably the most well-developed literature as it relates to compassion fatigue and burnout recovery.
The model is called THRIV and has been implemented with individual teachers, small groups, and large groups since 2020.
Here are links to some of my published works and contributions related to child safety:
Published works related to burnout: