In 2018 you can catch me in-person presenting at the following conferences:
April 22, 2018: IAABC Animal Behavior Conference in Boston
May 17, 2018: HSUS Expo in Kansas City
2018 Dates TBD: Maine Federation of Humane Societies
The Caregivers Journal Workshop (Writing for Resilience)
How do we process the intense stressors of caregiving work and build resilience in the process? Writing is practical, low-barrier tool that can help caregivers cope not just with harm, but with a diverse array of job-related stressors and emotional upheavals. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to enhance caregiver resilience by introducing a simple, effective coping tool. This workshop uses the Caregiver’s Journal developed through a pilot program for nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital and can be done in a single session or two workshops.
In the first workshop, staff are taught why and how to practice expressive writing to respond to on-the-job stressors and will take a stress evaluation. Staff participate in discussions and writing exercises. Each workshop participant will receive their own personal journal which contains exercises that help them reflect on, and write about, work-related stress and personal issues that can affect their lives. This session lasts for one hour and is suitable for 5-35 people.
In the second workshop (or on their own, if a single workshop was scheduled) staff re-take the stress evaluation to assess their stress levels and note any changes after completing the journal exercises. This can help raise awareness of stress symptoms so they can be addressed in a timely manner. If there is a second in-person workshop, discussions and writing exercises are also incorporated. This session lasts for one hour and is suitable for 5-35 people.
Who is this workshop for? Helping professions of all kinds, such as nurses, animal welfare, social workers, etc., in organizations located within 90 minutes of Portland, Maine. Please contact me for more information. You may also wish to read my IAABC journal article Expressive Writing for Resilience.
2018 Note: I’m currently in the process of redesigning my workshops and will not be booking any new workshops at this time. I offer a very limited number of in-person workshops in the northern New England area. If you’re more than 2 hours outside of Portland, Maine, we can get together for a live, private group webinar! More details here.
Currently on Hiatus
Compassion in Balance: Understanding + Managing Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatigue is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people or animals. It’s an occupational hazard for professionals and volunteers, but there are proven strategies to help us address this unique stress. This workshop will give you and your staff the tools to succeed in this challenging work.
Compassion in Balance identifies what compassion fatigue is, its symptoms, and contributing factors. We examine stress management and self care, including practical on-the-job techniques.
Participants will have the opportunity to take a self assessment, reflect and connect with the positive aspects of their work, and create a self-care plan during the session.
Organizations that I’ve presented workshops and webinars for include: