A Self Care Starter Kit

Date: Monday February 12th 2018 12:30 pm to Monday February 12th 2018 4:00 pm
Place: Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, Multipurpose Room 6


Working with individuals, families and communities in any capacity is rewarding work for all types of service providers, however, supporting survivors of trauma, violence and abuse comes with a host of challenges that can deplete internal resources of those in the frontline caring professions.

This is increasingly evident as we are asked to do "more and more with less and less," which may also threaten to overwhelm coping abilities. The most important part of coping with the intensity of the work is to acknowledge its impact on mind, body and spirit.

With this in mind, this presentation will provide an overview of:

Compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue

Vicarious traumatization and burnout

The factors that contribute to these concepts

Participants will have the opportunity to explore and share self-care strategies within a holistic framework.

About the Facilitator:

Kathleen Gorman has been working in the fields of trauma, grief and loss, mental health and addictions, as well as domestic and sexual violence for over 36 years with Indigenous families and communities, government services and non-profit agencies. She practices within a holistic framework that incorporates healing arts and sensorimotor psychotherapy approaches with other contemporary and traditional Indigenous ways of knowing. Areas of focus include vicarious/secondary trauma, historical trauma, traumatic grief, and supporting agencies to develop trauma informed service delivery approaches.

She holds a BSc in Psychology, a Graduate Degree in Health Administration, a Masters in Health Law and Masters in Social Work Practice. Kathleen is a registered social worker and a certified trauma treatment specialist (CTTS) with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. Kathleen is also a sessional instructor for the University of Calgary Social Work Faculty and provides individual/group counseling at Aboriginal Counseling Services Association of Alberta.

Participant Feedback:

"That I need to practice self care more and make suggestions to my team for better self care at work as a team."

"Even when one has worked through their own trauma triggers can occur."

"When I am numb, I cannot tell if I am hurting others. We cannot be numb in our work with clients."

Notice to Registered Social Workers: REACH workshops are eligible for Category A credits with the Alberta College of Social Workers if they align with your personal learning goals for the year and you submit a Category A Summary Form in your personal portfolio.

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