Wellness Strategies for the Helping Professional (1 day)

In many organizations it is common to find large numbers of employees suffering from the adverse effects of stress. In the helping field, there are additional factors related to the nature of supporting people that can contribute to compassion fatigue or secondary trauma symptoms. Left unmanaged, stress can lead to unproductive patterns and result in loss of focus, motivation and productivity at work. This workshop will help participants identify personal stress factors and introduce them to practical methods to successfully manage stress. Participants will create a plan for stress management that focuses on resilience and enables them to function at their best.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Wellness in the Helping Profession
  • Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction
  • Phases of Stress
  • The Stress Cycle
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Stress Test – Assessing Your Experience
  • Red Flags – Your Cue to Pause
  • Unhealthy Reactions to Stress
  • Workplace Factors in Wellness
  • A Wholistic Approach to Wellness
  • Strategies for Physical Wellness
  • Strategies for Cognitive Wellness
  • Strategies for Emotional and Spiritual Wellness
  • Strategies for Social Wellness
  • Key Areas of Work Life that Promote Compassion Satisfaction
  • Personal Plan – Repair and Rejuvenate
  • Organizational Strategies to Support Helper Wellness
  • Building Toolbox for Resilience

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, personal reflection, interactive group activities and small group discussions

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers, social workers, youth care workers and anyone who identifies as a caregiver.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the causes and signs of burnout, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction.
  • List areas of strength and vulnerability in one’s own work wellness.
  • Describe skills to reduce stress and increase resilience.
  • Identify areas of organizational health and vulnerability.