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Our Caring Can Hurt Us: Minimizing Burn Out and Compassion Fatigue While Enduring Political Trauma Stress: Self-Care & Wellness for All Mental Health and Social Service Professionals
October 6, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm$80.00
Addressing Stress, Burnout, Secondary Trauma, Oppression & Compassion Fatigue:
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, 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. talk about the work that we do
b. the impact of the current political climate on ourselves and those we serve
c. assess our own burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue challenges
d. understand the dynamics of oppression fatigue and how and why we experience it personally and professionally
e. assess our personal and professional self-care patterns
f. learn new sustainable strategies and proven methods to care for ourselves – personally and professionally.
Friday October 6, 2017: 830am – 1230pm
(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
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.
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 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 professionals
– 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 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 compassion fatigue
– learn and share concrete self care and stress reducing ideas and strategies to increase our emotional and physical balance, especially 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 everyday 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 clearer understanding about the blocks to you taking care of yourself and concrete self-care plans for your work and home life.
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 two short breaks.
Facilitated by: Irene Greene MSED / Greene Growth & Trainining 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 with North Star Health Collective, 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.