Unrelenting demands, constrained resources, ethical challenges, frequent crises, and 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.REGISTER
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.
This 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 connections that honor vulnerability.
By the end of the day, participants will:
- Understand the ways toxic stress interferes with team functioning;
- Describe how mirror resonance systems operate within groups;
- Explore the benefits and hazards of the social brain and tribalism, including how to cultivate teams that maximize inclusion and minimize “othering;”
- Recognize and neutralize interpersonal threats that undermine a trauma-informed team;
- Practice specific, concrete activities, based on recent neuroscience, to increase team cohesion, well-being, and social harmony, including leading mindful team meetings.
This day-long workshop, “Sustaining Trauma-informed Teams: Tools to Create a Mindful Culture,” occurs June 27, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, at the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211. Six continuing education units have been approved through the National Association of Social Workers.REGISTER