The OZ Effect: Handling Day to Day Anxiety and Stress as a Grant Professional

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes - and can be positive, negative, acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) in nature. Stress is defined as the body's response to physical, mental, or emotional changes, situations, and forces. Negative stress often occurs in response to situations that are perceived as being difficult to handle or threatening. Each person reacts to stress differently. A healthy response to stress begins quickly; is appropriate in degree and in length; and can improve function, motivation, and productivity.

In the grant field, stress is a part of daily operations. Navigating the grant process can feel like you've been caught up in a twister! The OZ Effect will provide examples of common reasons for stress and anxiety, and focus on positive reactions in the workplace. Session outcomes will be that participants: 1) will be able to identify the causes of stress in the work environment, and its impact on the organization and the grant team; 2) will be provided techniques to silence their inner-critic and reduce their self-sabotaging behaviors; 2) be offered methods for reducing stress and anxiety to promote productivity and success in the grant fields.

They will gain information, tools and feedback that will allow them to employ the following learning objectives: Understand the study of stress and its impact; List tactics for successful time management; Explain how to prioritize and determine what is really important; Demonstrate techniques for interacting with difficult people; Employ physical and mental techniques for coping with stress; Creating reachable/achievable goals; Begin implementing goals during the session. For purposes of this presentation, examples will be given that will evidence reduction in stress and its relation to: How to craft, construct and submit effective grant applications; Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking; & Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Kimberly has a diverse background and her passions are public health, human services and advocacy. She strives to improve the health and well-being of medically underserved individuals experiencing a variety of economic and health-related disparities. Kimberly has held numerous positions in the public health, behavioral health and social services fields that have provided her the opportunity to build experience and improve her skills in the governmental and non-profit sectors.  

Lisa Jackson has 37 years of experience in non-profit corporation's administration and development. She has a degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in psychology and has been a peer reviewer and evaluator for grant programs funded through the U. S. Department of Education and the U. S. Administration of Children, Youth and Families. She currently holds the position of Director Grants for WestCare Foundation, a family of nonprofit organizations, focusing on recovery services.