course »Preventing Vicarious Trauma for Professionals Working with System Involved Families

Date: 7/14/2020, 9:15 am—4:45 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
Online Class

This highly interactive training is designed to address the self-care needs of those working with children, youth and adults impacted by traumatic life events. Participants are encouraged to verbalize their understanding and connectedness to the multiple aspects of compassion fatigue. By taking a self-inventory, participants will see first-hand, the levels of stress they experience. The group will look at several tools and techniques to circumvent the most challenging aspects of their compassion fatigue and to be able to regain a state of neuro-physiological (mind-body) regulation, recovery and resilience.

Addressing stress in the workplace has traditionally been avoided or seem as a distraction to the delivery of service. This training integrates stress management techniques and strategies off and on the work site without interrupting productivity. Direct Care staff and management are encouraged/prompted to understand their vulnerabilities, recognize early their own and their colleagues warning signs of secondary and vicarious stress. Management is also provided with strategies to promote a more secondary trauma informed work environment and support the maintenance of professional and personal wellbeing in valued staff. These approaches can be applied to unique work settings to strategize appropriate opportunities to incorporate self-care concurrent with work performance.