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Complex Emotional Burdens and Trauma: Being Human in Human Services

Burlington, Ontario
June 15, 2016

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
2020 Lakeshore Road

An Educational Retreat Day for all Health, Social Work and Justice Professionals

Are you feeling depleted, tired, burnt out or drained?  Come and gain successful coping strategies for growing and thriving as you are changed by your work--a full day about you, for you.

Your empathy is a resource – it can be depleted and restored.  This workshop will offer you an opportunity to recharge and refresh!

Please join us for a refreshing day to include education, conversation, validation and connection with people who do your work, who ‘get’ you.  Hosted by Tom Regehr and Becca Partington of CAST Canada, together we will honour the complex and emotional burdens of your work, validate the ideas with plain language, gather individual strategies for coping and thriving as you grow and are changed by your work.

You will leave with:

  • An understanding of empathy as a resource that can be depleted and refilled. Strategies to achieve balance.
  • An awareness of various, distinct stressors, how to recognize and manage them.
  • Grounding exercises to take into your work and personal life
  • Better strategies for long term self care, burn out prevention and compassion fatigue resiliency
  • An understanding that your approach to your work has more to do with the stress than the events.
  • Validation of the emotions involved in doing your work
  • A rejuvenated sense of wellbeing and hope

You are a frontline service provider, health or helping professional in any of the following areas: mental health, housing, employment, income support, Ontario Works, ODSP, shelters, outreach programs, addictions, sexual assault services, child protection/Children’s Aid Society, Acquired Brain Injury services, nursing and emergency room staff, at risk youth, community support services, probation and parole, private practice, etc.

Cost: $160 + HST

Participation is limited, book early!  

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