Strengthening Positive Self-Care to Promote Effective Leadership

By: Mr. YA Chanreaksmey
Reported by: Mr. Khun Channy

On July 25th, 2014, Mr. Khun Channy, Associate Dean for the College of Education at the University of Cambodia, was invited to attend a workshop training entitled, "Positive Self-Care for Strengthening Leadership in Higher Education," at the office of the Cambodian Higher Education Association (CHEA).

The workshop was jointly conducted by CHEA and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This leadership training allowed the participants to explore challenges and opportunities within current higher education leadership strategies and to investigate how the current system supports positive self-care techniques in employees, and how the current system may hinder positive self-care. After the opening remarks by H.E Ly Chheng, President of CHEA, the invited trainer, Dr. Russell Bishop, an American clinical psychologist, gave a brief introduction about the sufficient application of psychology for people who play a leadership role. The participants then had an opportunity to review and discuss in groups about the potential factors posing stress in their workplaces. In small groups, the participants also discussed the practical applications of positive self-care in their daily life. At the end of the discussion, representatives from each group provided the group’s conclusions and insights.

The workshop was concluded with a lecture by Dr. Russell Bishop on stress and stress management. His useful training covered many topics, such as psychological and biological aspects of stress, stress management, positive coping, negative coping, and positive self-care. The participants received resources and strategies for policy and program development in higher education to promote positive self-care and stress management techniques, in an effort to create a more efficient and cohesive working environment.

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