Teams

The next “Sustaining Trauma-informed Teams” workshop will be January 18, 2019 in Eugene, Oregon.  

Unrelenting demands, constrained resources, ethical challenges, crises, cumulative toxic stress: These are the challenges of working with deeply vulnerable populations. They take a toll on workers in non-profit, health, and human services settings, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. The stresses can interfere with the quality of client care and decision-making. As agencies strive to create trauma-informed cultures, leaders, supervisors, lead workers, and “natural leaders” must re-examine how they can, with intention, build resilient teams, fostering authentic social connection and supporting collective wellness.

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Strong, resilient teams are the antidote to these occupational hazards. They are the indispensable foundation of a trauma-informed organizational culture. Sustaining trauma-informed teams in the workplace leads to improved morale, higher quality decision-making, and increased productivity.

Wayne Scott Favicon yellowThis workshop introduces concrete team-building tools and practices. Current research in trauma and interpersonal neurobiology yields important lessons about how teams can cope effectively, including: improving the capacity for self-regulation, both individually and collectively; interrupting interpersonal reactivity and reframing negative thought patterns such as blaming and scapegoating; and building authentic, trusting, fun connections.

By the end of the day, participants will:

  1. Understand the ways toxic stress interferes with team functioning;
  2. Describe how mirror resonance systems operate within groups;
  3. Explore the benefits and hazards of the social brain and tribalism, including how to cultivate teams that maximize inclusion and minimize othering;
  4. Recognize and neutralize interpersonal threats that undermine a trauma-informed team;
  5. Practice specific, concrete activities, based on recent neuroscience, to increase team cohesion, well-being, and social harmony (including having fun!).

This day-long workshop, “Sustaining Trauma-informed Teams: Tools to Create a Mindful Culture,” has been approved for 6 CEUs through the National Association of Social Workers.

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