Trauma can force us to develop strategies to help us survive what we experienced. These actions of survival and truncated actions of survival get stuck inside the nervous system and, as we now know, the body keeps the score. Our biography becomes our biology. And then our biology informs our current and future biography. The strategies that kept us alive can keep us from fully living.
By learning to recognize and safely release the tension patterns of these survival responses, we can manage anxiety and overthinking, emotional flooding, and overwhelm. New choices become available for the neuro-muscular system, which can allow us to cultivate self-awareness around past behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.
This begins with learning about how trauma impacts the body and the nervous system, so that we can begin to befriend the ways in which your system has learned to cope, and learn new skills for self-regulation and connection.
Empower staff and organizations to nurture professional and personal longevity through providing education and skills around managing stress.
One hour presentation: The toll of stress
The impacts of chronic and acute stress on all aspects of our everyday performance: brain function, cognitive function, emotional regulation, behavior and communication patterns, physical health and wellbeing, and capacity for authentic connection to self and others. We also cover the risk factors for worker fatigue and burnout.
2 x one hour presentations: Stress hacks
Stress hacks to enhance performance, reduce employee turnover, improve employee performance, and increase customer satisfaction.
Skills for work-life balance
The focus of this class is to get you achieving the life that you want *outside of work*, which is known to be a protective factor and buffer against workplace stressors, including compassion fatigue and burnout.
In this 2 x 1 hour class, you will learn the skills to plan for peak performance and enhanced work-life balance. We will learn the difference between coping skills and self-care, and will create new healthy habits. We will learn about the how the brain processes information, so that we are empowered to create effective habits to protect ourselves from open information loops and obsessive information-seeking which is a hallmark of these unknown times. We will learn about the silent killers of productivity, as well as cover battle-tested time management and productivity techniques.
- To differentiate between knowing and doing.
- To differentiate between coping skills and self-care.
- To apply how our brain processes information to optimize task lists, calendar practices, goal setting and goal achievement, and to create a self-care schedule.
- To recognize silent killers of productivity and time management.
- To recognize the importance of sleep and hydration for optimal brain function.
- To review, select and implement time management and productivity techniques.
The cumulative toll of acute and/or chronic workplace traumatization – when unaddressed – can develop into PTSD, but is more commonly recognized as: staff absenteeism, diminished enthusiasm and performance outcomes, communication and/or teamwork issues, substance abuse, and suicide risk, as well as reduced quality of life and relationships outside of work.
This workshop will cover:
- a guest speaker from a similar professional background who will share about his/her lived experiences of critical workplace incidents that have caused for the nervous system to get stuck on “on” or “off” (or vacillate between “on” and “off”), and their journey to healing
- how to know if you or a co-worker is potentially experiencing Acute Stress Disorder (the precursor to PTSD)
- how to prevent Acute Stress Disorder from becoming PTSD
- simple and effective techniques to regulate the nervous system, as a buffer against everyday workplace stressors
For: First responders (fire fighters, EMT), LEOs, ER staff, ICU and NICU staff, SART nurses, DVSA advocates, child protection workers, other human services frontline personnel.
It is highly recommended that your organization offers a separate workshop for the partners and family members of your staff. This is because family members are the first to recognize the signs and symptoms of vicarious traumatization.
The emphasis of recent trauma trainings has been on generating community awareness of the prevalence of Adverse of Childhood Experiences (ACEs or childhood trauma), including understanding the physiological and behavioral signs of trauma. Professionals may be provided tools and interventions for working with this population, however there is a lack of responsiveness towards providing the training and support necessary in order to provide care sustainably. This often results in compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and worker burnout, and can contribute to decreased quality of life, high staff turnover, and reduced patient/client outcomes.
Each 90 minute class is a combination of:
- Didactic education that you get to process in small groups, which not only enhances the integration of learning materials, it also builds community.
- Community building: by knowing other individuals who work in human services in our community, we build collegiate support, as well as enhanced case management referral support because we know each other.
- Experiential techniques to release stress and tension, and regulate the nervous,
Nested learning empowers learners to integrate class materials with and through small group learning circles. This empowers workshop participants to engage in mutual support, to co-create community, to deconstruct learned hierarchies, and to live the class materials and thus integrate it more fully into your lives.
Specifically, this series of workshops will address:
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and worker burnout;
- Reducing the negative impacts of compassion and empathy;
- Creating a program for sustainable caring;
- Supporting recovery from compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma;
- Supporting growth and resilience.
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