Workshops & Courses

 

FALL 2018

 

The Heart of Helping (online)

Oct. 15 - Nov. 11, 2018

Mindfulness Strategies (online)

Oct. 29 - Nov. 25, 2018

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The Heart of Helping: Understanding Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue

Online: October 15 - November 11, 2018

 

About the Presenter

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with a speciality in resilience, mindfulness and therapeutic journaling for self-care, personal growth, healing, stress reduction and wellness for  helping professionals and their clients.    

She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as author of Life Source Writing™ and producer of the Creative Wellness Guided Meditations CD.  She has practiced mindfulness in our own life and in her work with clients for over 20 years.  Learn more about Lynda’s work at the following websites: lyndamonk.com, CreativeWellnessWorks.com and IAJW.org

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. There was something for everyone, taking into consideration the various ways people learn. The tools provided are ones I can use again. ~ course participant

Course Description

Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are common occupational hazards for social workers, counsellors, healthcare professionals, educators, and others in high-care fields.  This 4-week online course is designed to teach those in the helping, human service and healthcare professions about these work-related risks that can result from the very nature of the work itself.  You will gain a deeper understanding of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, what they are, how they manifest and how to prevent and/or intervene with the negative effects that can flow from the heart of helping.  Discover how to balance caring for yourself while caring for others, in order to stay healthy while you make a difference.

You will have the opportunity to learn, reflect and connect with others in a caring, dynamic and respectful online learning environment.  This course uses transformative learning principles and combines video teaching, engaging reading assignments, and reflective learning activities such as journaling exercises, guided meditation, coaching tools and assessments to support participants to deepen their learning, enhance resiliency and forward their action specific to replenishing from within and reducing the risk of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue in order to thrive personally and professionally.

Week 1: The Occupational Hazards within Helping Professions

  • Getting started, introductions and course learning objectives
  • The power of intention setting
  • Definitions, descriptions and distinctions of the relevant occupational hazards: job stress, burnout, primary trauma, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue
  • Motivation for entering the field/anticipated results and impact

Week 2: Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma (VT) and Compassion Fatigue (CF)

  • Nature of the work and risk for vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue
  • Risk and resiliency factors for VT and CF
  • Signs and symptoms of VT and CF
  • Self-assessment
  • Relax and renew:  techniques for grounding and replenishing

Week 3:  Self-Care and Wellness for Helping Professionals | Walk the Talk Inspiration

  • What is self-care, really?
  • Assess your current self-care in for key dimensions of wellness – emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual with a Whole Person Self-Care Assessment
  • Addressing and transforming vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue
  • Walk the Talk inspiration

Week 4:  Wellness and Resiliency in Caregiving Organizations | Self-Care to WE Care | Gifts, Joys and Hope in Practice

VT and CF are not just concerns for individuals.  The impact of these costs of caring are also high in organizations in terms of lost productivity, absenteeism, employee turnover and conflict in the workplace.  Workplace wellness strategies can help to mitigate these risks and they are proven to offer both employees and employers greater productivity, enhanced engagement, less stress, increased quality of work, as well as contributing to a positive overall workplace culture where helping professionals can DO and BE their best.

  • Explore the key factors for wellness in caregiving organizations
  • Shifting from self-care to WE care
  • Taking stock and taking action
  • Time for you – comfort and renewal
  • Gifts, joys and hope in practice – connect with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in within helping work

12 Continuing Education Credit hours. 

I have worked in healthcare for 24 years, and... this was excellent. I only wish I had this information earlier in my career for more preventative protection. ~ course participants

Regular registration (paid after September 12, 2018) $290
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Mindfulness Strategies for Helping Professionals

Online: October 29 - November 25, 2018

 

About the Presenter

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with a speciality in resilience, mindfulness and therapeutic journaling for self-care, personal growth, healing, stress reduction and wellness for  helping professionals and their clients.    

She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as author of Life Source Writing™ and producer of the Creative Wellness Guided Meditations CD.  She has practiced mindfulness in our own life and in her work with clients for over 20 years.  Learn more about Lynda’s work at the following websites: lyndamonk.com, CreativeWellnessWorks.com and IAJW.org

Lynda is an excellent teacher -- not only in what she presents, but also in how she presents the information and the opportunities she gives for practice and student interaction. ~ course participant

Course Description

Mindfulness is both a simple and a profound practice that can support the well-being and efficacy of helping professionals, while also being a tool for integrating into work with your clients to support them to achieve greater health, healing and desired clinical outcomes.  Mindfulness is ultimately about becoming more aware of one’s inner processes and this supports helpers to feel more grounded, self-aware and balanced.  Mindfulness practices also deepen both self-compassion and compassion with others. During this 4-week online course, you will discover what mindfulness is, learn its many benefits, and experience many mindfulness practices, tools and skills to nourish yourself and enrich your work with others.

Course Overview

  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Benefits of Mindfulness
  • Mindful Self-Care for Resilience & Stress Relief
  • Foundations of Well-Being:  Mindfulness Quiz
  • Finding Your Place of Refuge Within
  • Mindfulness Practices
    • Stillness & Powerful Pause (week 1)
    • Mindful Meditation (week 2)
    • Body Awareness (week 3)
    • Loving Kindness (week 4)
  • Compassion & Wisdom:  Making a Mindful Difference
  • Mindfulness for Wellness at Work
  • Introducing Mindfulness Strategies with Clients/Patients for Improved Treatment Outcomes

12 Continuing Education Credit hours. 

There were numerous practice applications for both personal and professional/therapeutic purposes. I appreciated strategies and resources for bringing mindfulness into clinical practice. ~ course participants

Regular registration (paid after August 8, 2018) $290
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