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Minimizing Burnout & Compassion Fatigue for Helping Professionals
February 2 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
One event on February 10, 2018 at 8:30am
Doing the challenging work that we as helping professionals do, while also existing within these current social-political realities, increases our propensity for stress, burnout, vicarious trauma, empathy/compassion and oppression fatigue.
This workshop is an opportunity for socially conscious mental health, medical and social service providers, and other related helpers, to join together to create a safe and confidential space to:
a. discuss the impact of the current political climate on ourselves and those we serve
b. explore the ways that our personal oppression, privilege and that of our clients’ impacts us
c. identify the dynamics of oppression fatigue and how and why we may experience it personally and professionally
d. assess our own burnout, vicarious trauma and empathy and compassion fatigue challenges
e. learn how stress impacts us physically, emotionally, and psychologically
f. assess our personal and professional self-care patterns
g. learn new sustainable strategies and proven methods to care for ourselves.
h. create a personal and professional self-care plan.
(More dates will be scheduled. This workshop is available as a staff and volunteer training. I will customize it to your workplace and the nature of the services you provide.)
Registration: Space is limited. You must be registered through this Eventbrite site to attend and to hold your spot.
Fee: $80/person. OR 50% down now and balance due at door. Adjusted rate: $65 or 50% down now and balance due at the door
Two ways to pay:
(1) Register & pay at this Eventbrite site. (Eventbrite will add on their fees.)
(2) To avoid the Eventbrite fees, contact Irene for the Eventbrite registration coupon code. Then, to hold your spot, you will need to send a check for full payment directly to Irene.
(3) If you need an adjusted fee, contact Irene to make alternate payment arrangements. A deposit is still required to hold your spot.
Register early. Because of the nature of these workshops, space is limited to about 10 people.
CEU forms to submit to your boards for CEUs will be available. (Typically 3.5 to 4 CEUs have been granted.)
Workshop Content Details:
I. share with each other the reasons that we may experience stress, burnout, vicarious trauma or empathy/compassion fatigue and oppression fatigue in our professional lives:
– Identify specific reasons for stress in our professional lives
– share our thoughts and feelings about the current social-political climate and how it contributes to our own personal stress and impacts us as people who work and volunteer in human services
– speak to how our clients’ and patients’ varied reactions to the social-political climate impact us professionally and personally
– learn about oppression fatigue (a term “coined” by Irene Greene) and its relationship to compassion fatigue for helping professionals
II. understand and identify burnout and empathy/compassion fatigue:
– understand the similarities and differences between the concepts of compassion fatigue, trauma grief, vicarious trauma, stress, primary and secondary trauma, and burnout
– understand the real dangers of compassion fatigue: how it is far more serious than “burnout” and why it is an “occupational hazard” for helpers
– explore the many ways that these conditions inevitably impact us as caregivers in the social service, mental health, medical and related helping professions
– understand the psycho-physical impacts that stress, primary and secondary trauma, and oppression have on our mind, body, and emotions
III. assess our personal and professional self-care patterns and learn new strategies:
– assess our personal and professional self-care
– learn proven methods and assessment tools to identify and heal professional burnout and empathy/compassion fatigue
– learn and share concrete self care and stress reducing ideas and strategies to increase our emotional and physical balance, epecially when we are feeling worried, anxious, overwhelmed or adversely impacted by our work
– explore how to implement and sustain these strategies personally and professionally: for ourselves in our eveyday lives and when we are helping our client or patient, and learn how to teach these strategies to our clients/patients.
– Develop “My Personal & Professional Self-Care Plans”. These plans are specifically geared towards folks in the helping professionals. You will leave with a clearer understanding about the blocks to you taking care of yoursef and ideas and templates for concrete professional and personal care plans.
General points about the workshop content and format:
1. In this workshop, our diversity, in all of its forms, is nurtured, valued and celebrated; including, though not limited, to sexual, affectional, gender, spiritual, racial, class, age, educational, employment, size, ability and familial diversity. People who can join in this intention are welcome.
2. It is especially helpful if participants already have some understanding of their own privilege or are open to learning more about it.
3. This workshop will incorporate lecture, group discussion, personal reflection time, and (optional) personal sharing. Folders with hand-outs, worksheets and a bibliography, as well as healthy snacks, water, tea and coffee, will be provided. We will take one break.
Facilitated by: Irene Greene MSED / Greene Growth & Training LLC
Irene has 29+ years as a therapist, wellness and relationship coach, community organizer, and educator. She is the Chair of the MN LGBTQ Therapists Network, a psychological first-aid street medic trainer, provides professional mental health consultation and training, has completed the certification training in compassion fatigue, and is a past member of the steering committee for MN Women in Psychology.
More Workshops & Groups Offered by Irene: www.irenegreene.com
Contact me for more dates or to inquire about a custom-designed workshop for your mental health, medical, social service, human service, educational, non-profit or social justice agency or organization. For Staff, Advocates, Counselors, Students, Psychologists, Social Workers, Community Organizers, First Responders and other Medical professionals, People who work with animals, Street Medics, etc.
For more information: contact Irene at email@example.com