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Responding to a Disaster: Where do we go from here?
Disasters can greatly impact our human experience on all levels from individuals, families, workplaces, and communities. The ability to recognize and name what happens during a disaster can help us move forward in healthy, collaborative ways. This program will review the typical phases of a disaster, impacts of sustained stress, and introduce tools that can be immediately implemented to help individuals and teams cope with cumulative losses to prevent and address secondary trauma.
Download the Stress and Self-Care Continuum PDF Guide
Whether you are grieving or working with others experiencing grief, understanding the fundamentals of grief can help us better understand what to expect, provide effective interventions, and find ways to support ourselves and those grieving.
Religion While Grieving
Through the grief process, it is common to question religious beliefs and relationships with God. During the grieving process, religious leaders can have profound impacts on the grief experience. This topic will discuss ways to walk with those experiencing grief, answer questions, and guide people to find meaning in loss.
Supporting Others While You Are Grieving
When people in professional caregiving roles (therapists, clergy, religious leaders, medical staff, victim’s advocates, medical staff, first responders, etc.) are grieving, it can complicate professional roles and how we respond and continue to care for others and ourselves. This topic offers tools and resources so we can continue to support others when we are experiencing our own grief.
Is This Grief…or Something Else?: The differences between grief, moral distress, and trauma
After a loss or difficult situation, the emotions and thoughts we experience can be a result of many different things. While on the surface it may seem our responses to an event may be grief, distinguishing the differences between grief, moral distress, and trauma can guide interventions and tools to move through our reactions and feelings.
Responding to Someone Grieving
Research supports that how we respond to people experiencing grief can deeply impact the grief experience. This topic will cover the differences between empathy and sympathy, listening versus hearing, and ways to respond to those experiencing grief.
Grief and the Holidays and Anniversaries
It is a common misconception that people move on and the grieving process ends with time. Holidays and anniversaries can be triggering experiences for those who are grieving. This session will review what to expect from holidays and anniversaries and how we can bring comfort, hope, and meaning-making for those who are grieving during the holidays.
Self-Care and Compassion Fatigue
Caring for ourselves is essential so we can continue to care for others. It is common for those in caregiving roles to experience compassion fatigue and burnout. This session will cover the differences between compassion fatigue, burnout, moral distress, and secondary trauma. We will then review factors that contribute to compassion fatigue and how to care for ourselves so we can continue to care for others.