While there are many rewarding benefits to choosing a career that centers around helping others, there is also unique stress inherent in these roles. Healthcare professionals, first responders, clergy, mental health providers, educators, and many others deserve support as they navigate the emotional aspects of their profession.

Resources for professionals

Peer Support for First Responders and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center employees:

Peer support offers a confidential opportunity to discuss the impact of a challenging case, a difficult patient loss, a tough interaction with a patient or their family, or a stressful situation within the workplace. Conversations can take place individually or within teams.

*Peer support is not considered mental health treatment. However, if counseling would be helpful, a peer supporter can help you link with a mental health provider.

Schwartz Center Rounds (Ohio State Wexner Medical Center employees)

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is a proud member of the The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. Schwartz Center Rounds is a social-emotional grand rounds panel discussion. Held monthly (excluding January and July) on the 1st Friday of the month from noon-1:00 p.m., attendees will listen as a panel discusses a challenging case or a topic that centers around navigating emotions in healthcare. A question & answer segment with the audience follows. Lunch is provided for the first 100 attendees.

Brief Emotional Support Teams (BEST) Training (OSU Wexner Medical Center employees)

Compassion in healthcare begins with colleagues recognizing the need to provide support to one another, especially related to the emotional cost of caring that is inherent in our role. BEST training equips participants with the necessary skills and resources to have effective supportive conversations with colleagues and peers.

Join us to gain insight into the impact of stress and trauma on healthcare professionals, and how best to offer support and build resilience.

  • Participants will learn strategies for how to recognize, empathize, intervene, and support others who may be struggling or suffering.
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to consider the impact of stress and trauma on their own lives, and learn effective ways to heal and stay healthy

To Schedule Training, register online through BuckeyeLearn.

Call (614) 293-STAR (7827) or email STARTraumaRecoveryCenter@osumc.edu

Brief Emotional Support Teams (BEST) Training for External Health Systems, Businesses, Schools, and Non-Profits

Contact Arianna.Galligher@osumc.edu to learn more about building an evidence-based peer support program in your workplace.

How to refer a patient

Ohio State’s STAR Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) serves adult survivors of crime-related violence. If you believe a patient would benefit our program, contact Arianna Galligher at STARTraumaRecoveryCenter@osumc.edu, or call (614) 293-STAR (7827).

To receive training or support for your group contact:
STAR Professional Support Services (PSS)
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
1670 Upham Drive

614-293-7827 (STAR)
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 am – 5 pm