Actions and Detail Panel
Political Stress & Compassion Fatigue: Self-Care for Helping Professionals
Fri, March 24, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM CDT
I. share with each other the personal and professional impact of the current political climate:
- share our thoughts and feelings about the current social-political climate
- share how the concepts of justice, equality, privilege and oppression, and oppression fatigue are factors in our personal & professional lives
- speak to how our clients' and patients' varied reactions impact us professionally and personally
II. understand and identify burn-out and compassion fatigue:
- understand the similarities and differences between the concepts of compassion fatigue, trauma grief, vicarious trauma, stress, primary and secondary trauma, and burn-out
- understand the real dangers of compassion fatigue
- explore the many ways that these issues inevitably impact us as caregivers in the social service, mental health 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, epecially when we are feeling worried, anxious or overwhelmed
- explore how to implement and sustain these strategies personally and professionally: for ourselves in our eveyday lives and when we are in therapy sessions, and how to teach these strategies to our clients
- Develop "My Personal & Professional Self-Care Plans". These plans are specifically geared towards folks in the helping professionals
CEU forms to submit to your boards for CEUs will be available. (Typically 3 to 3.5 CEUs have been granted.)
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.
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.