Season 4 Episode 2 Teacher Wellbeing Podcast Blog Post

I speak with Ben Weir about his journey from classroom teacher to clinical psychologist, and the power of self-compassion. This was a really interesting conversation that aligns with the ethos of Self-Care for Teachers.

Having followed his love of learning into the primary school classroom and also into yoga, he now works at New River, an organisation that aims to build capacity for positive change in individuals, school communities and community organisations.

As part of his Masters of Clinical Psychology, Ben is researching teacher wellbeing via the Teacher Stress and Self-Compassion Study, which he would love you to participate in.

Find out more about New River on their website, follow Ben’s research on Facebook or to participate, go here:

This episode is brought to you by Daniela Falecki’s teacher wellbeing cards. These 52 cards give you simple daily reminders to help better support your wellbeing. Find them and Daniela’s other resources at

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Links mentioned in this episode:

  • Be awesome like Kirsty and Jane by becoming a supporter of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast on Patreon here! Sign up before the end of August to be in the running for the quarterly prize draw in September
  • My book recommendation this week is ‘Self-Compassion Step by Step’ by Kristin Neff. You can get a free audiobook download and 30-day free trial of Audible at
  • Sign up for Self-Care September here
  • Get my Weekly Self-Care Planner on Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Find other Teacher Wellbeing Podcast episodes mentioned here,
  • To see if coaching can help you, book an intro call here
  • Follow me on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Instagram.

Questions, comments, episode ideas and to volunteer to be a guest on the podcast, email me: ellen [at] selfcareforteachers [dot] com [dot] au

Remember: you are a person first and a teacher second! Be well!

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