Date: 1/4/2019, 9:00 am—4:30 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth Center
This training will begin with administration of the ProQOL (Professional Quality of Life measure, a self-report measure that identifies burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion satisfaction). Participants will score and interpret the measure. We will then proceed to an in-depth review of Dr. Pearlman’s significant framework of Vicarious Trauma. In this review, we’ll define the term, explore who is most at-risk and why, examine signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma, as well as Dr. Pearlman’s concept of the two levels of responding to vicarious trauma, which she calls Coping with Vicarious Trauma, and Transforming Vicarious Trauma. We will then comprehensively review the neurophysiology of stress, including an overview of the Polyvagal Theory. We will review the Applied Mindfulness restorative practices conceptual framework. In the second half of the training, which is experiential, we will experience a broad variety of restorative practices for applying mindfulness skillfully in responding to the disruptions in autonomic nervous system regulation that characterize second-level trauma exposure. We will explore internal practices, relational practices, practices of nature connection, and creative practices. Individuals will identify a variety of approaches for themselves that address underlying concerns, and identify a toolbox of approaches that they can apply. These plans will identify two levels of response, first a ‘coping’ level for addressing VT on a daily or maintenance basis, and then a deeper ‘transforming’ level that identifies deep, systemic, and on-going practices that a person may engage to shift baseline nervous system states. We will conclude by studying the emerging field of behavior design, which synthesizes insights from neuroscience and design thinking about how to transform behavior.