COLLECTIVE TRAUMA, such as the coronavirus pandemic, exacts a profound toll on populations, straining people’s ability to regulate overwhelming emotion and to prevent the development of trauma effects and other physical health symptoms. These impacts land particularly hard on professionals whose work centers care and connection in health, human services, and non-profit settings. These workers are charged to provide compassionate service to vulnerable populations while they also worry about their own health and safety as well as their families and communities.
How can practitioners be helpful to their clients when they are fearful themselves?
In two just-in-time morning webinars, we explore how to apply concrete principles of mindfulness to support workers during the pandemic. The webinar will also provide a REFLECTIVE FORUM for helping professionals to breathe, reclaim their own intentions and visions in doing difficult work, and exchange mutual support during trying times.
PART ONE: How Toxic Stress Affects the Nervous System
(Day 1, 8:30 – noon, one long break)
- Articulate the practitioner’s role in delivering quality care and how it shifts under extreme circumstances
- Describe the continuum of toxic stress and the relationship between adversity and trauma
- Identify the three components of traumatic experience and how practitioners can mitigate effects
- Identify protective factors that prevent extreme adversity from becoming trauma
- Name one mindful practice they can use (e.g. intention-setting, witness and affirmation, breathing)
PART TWO: Embracing Co-suffering and Expanding Resilience
(Day 2, 8:30 – noon, one long break)
- Understand the different pathways of the autonomic nervous system and how they impact emotional self-regulation
- Use a “bottom up” approach to map their own nervous system
- Apply the phenomenon of co-regulation and resonance systems
- Practice using the Wheel of Awareness to train attention during tumultuous times
- Name one mindful practice they can use (e.g. reflective journaling, movement, meditation)
Wayne Scott’s webinars are not just lively and fun but they’re trauma-informed in both design and delivery. Employing diverse media, they have less lecture, more dialogue and time for reflection, and an emphasis on drawing out the collective wisdom of participants. Webinars are less expensive than similar webinars offered by bigger companies and there’s no paper fliers to clutter your inbox (Because: PESI). NOTE: If you have any special needs that require accommodation or particular triggers that should be avoided, please contact me.