Workshops and Trainings
Designing and presenting workshops, lectures and trainings is one of the best parts of the work that I do. Over the past thirty years I have given hundreds of presentations on subjects related to compassion fatigue, oppression fatigue and vicarious trauma, healthy relationships, PTSD & trauma, sexuality and gender fluidity.
I offer trainings to mental health, social service and medical providers, educators, non-profits, and community groups.
I have a casual, relaxed, down-to-earth style, and am known to be organized, thorough and well informed. When I present, I am cognoscente and inclusive of issues related to privilege, oppression, access, race, class, ability, sexual and gender minorities, cissexism, and heterosexism.
Training fees vary depending on the services that are requested and the length of the presentation. I custom-design each workshop so that it meets the particular needs of the audience.
Contact Irene for more dates or to inquire about scheduling a custom-designed workshop for your mental health, medical, social service, non-profit or social justice agency or organization.
Workshop and Training Topics
White Privilege and Racial Justice Topics:
For Staff, Advocates, Counselors, Teachers, Organizers, and Volunteers who work in the Helping, Social Service, Medical and Educational Systems
Example of CEU title and sub-topics: “When We White Helping Professionals Work with People of Color: Mixing Good Intentions, Good Practices and White Privilege”
-Talk openly about race and our whiteness
-Identify common race dynamic questions, worries, and issues that we may have, situations we have come across, and the mistakes that we white helpers often make when helping People of Color
-Discuss our white privilege, our overt and covert racism, and common approaches, stereotypes and judgments that white well-intentioned people/professionals often have when working with People of Color
-White Liberalism, White Fragility, Cultural Appropriation, White Savior Complex: how these concepts show up in our work as helping professionals
-Review information from People of Color about their experiences with well intentioned white people and white helping professionals and what they would want / need from us instead
– Make a plan for realistic and specific personal and professional action steps to each do our part to increase racial justice
Professional and Personal Self-Care and Wellness Topics:
Examples of titles and sub-topics:
“Political Trauma Stress & Radical Self-Care: Turn Anxiety and Fear into Resiliency and Resistance” for LGBTQ2S+ Folks and Allies.
Professional CEU Trainings:
“Minimizing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue for Socially Conscious Helping Professionals: Improving Wellness & Self-Care”
“Burnout, Stress & Compassion & Oppression Fatigue: Self-Care and Wellness for LGBTQP2S+ Helping Professionals”
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, and empathy, compassion and oppression fatigue. Dealing with stress, pain, hardship, trauma and suffering is core to much of the work that we do – making burnout and vicarious trauma an all too common “occupational hazard.”
– Impact of Political Trauma Stress on ourselves and those we serve
– Causes, signs and remedies of burnout, vicarious trauma and empathy and compassion fatigue
– Brain science behind how stress impacts us physically, emotionally, and psychologically and what we can do about it
– Personal assessments of our own burnout, vicarious trauma and empathy and compassion fatigue
– Personal assessments of our personal and professional self-care and wellness habits and pattern
– Sustainable strategies and proven methods to increase self-care and decrease burnout and compassion fatigue
– Create a personal and professional self-care and wellness plan.
Relationships for LGBTQ+ and Allies: (All relationship configurations welcome.)
“Relationships: Increasing Personal Intimacy, Connection and Respectful Communication”
“LGBTQ2S+ & Allies Hurting & Healing: Relationship Survivor Workshop: Being Strong Together When One or Both (or More) Partners is a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse or Trauma”
“LGBTQ2S+ & Allies Relationship with Kids Workshop: Balancing Everyone’s Needs”
Open to adults within all kinds of interpersonal relationships and family compositions. Address co-parenting, blended families, parenting with an “ex” in the picture, being the non-biological parent, fostering, adopting, polyamory. Explore how being a parent impacts your adult relationship(s) and develop sustainable ways to foster healthier problem solving, connection and communication.
Professional and Personal Self-Care and Wellness Topics:
PTS: Political Trauma Stress: Self-Care in these Social Political Times
Professional and Personal Self-care for Helpers: It’s Much More Than a Massage
Professional and Personal Self-care for LGBTQ+ Helpers
Vicarious Trauma, Burnout and Secondary Victimization
Compassion Fatigue is Much More Serious Than Burn-Out
Oppression Fatigue and Healing Justice
Caring for Others’ Trauma When Dealing with Our Own
Healthy communication skill building
Increasing emotional and sexual intimacy in relationships
Divorcing and breaking up respectfully
Polyamorous and Open Relationships
LGBTQ+ Relationships: Boundaries, Balancing Our Needs
LGBTQ+ Relationships: Building a Healthy Relationship When One or Both Partners is a Survivor of Abuse
LGBTQ+ Relationships: Balancing Everyone’s Needs While Parenting
Contact Irene for more workshop information and registration materials.