Building Health & Resilience in the Workplace – Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
Learn about the concepts of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout in this interactive workshop. These are risks we all face when working in the human services as helping professionals but with the right tools, organizations, co-workers and individuals can work together to build healthier ways of interacting that ensure a positive work place culture. We can learn to maintain resilience and keep the passion in our work, while sustaining our work- life balance. Whether you want to learn about protective factors or the steps to take to heal the symptoms of compassion fatigue and burn out, this workshop will offer the tools to ensure a healthy workplace experience and better coping strategies.
What Attendees are Saying
- “I appreciated connecting what we already know about self-care in our personal lives to practices and protocols in a specific work setting.”
- “I really enjoyed the professional insight about vicarious trauma from the point of view of a social worker. I did not previously have this type of dialogue but have experienced some level of vicarious trauma. By sharing stories about field work and how vicarious trauma is a serious issue, it’s given me the language to more constructively deal with these situations as they arise.“
Heather Kerr a registered social worker, therapist, consultant and trainer. She holds a BA in Psychology/Law & Criminology and a Masters of Social Work Degree. Heather has over 25 years’ experience in the mental health field, specializing in addictions, concurrent disorders and trauma. She has worked extensively with provincial and federal corrections. Heather has provided training in Ontario, across Canada and in the United States. She is also an instructor at Wilfred Laurier University. Heather has held numerous leadership positions. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) and is the Co-Chair of the ICCA – Ontario Chapter. Heather is also on the Board of Directors of Addiction and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO).
Heather has been the Executive Director of Stonehenge Therapeutic Community for 15 years. Stonehenge is a modified therapeutic community founded in 1971 as a long-term residential treatment program for men and women with a history of chronic substance abuse. Stonehenge also offers a broad range of community programs across the harm reduction continuum including housing, outreach, community withdrawal, support coordination and services for pregnant and parenting women.
To inquire about fees or book this training, please contact Catherine Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 837-1470 x246.