Trainings & Workshops

Worker Mental Health

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Title: Mental Health Issues in Client Services

Hours: One 4-hour session

Number of Participants: 12 minimum - 30 maximum

This interactive course is separated into two parts

PART I -  2 hours:

A body of research literature has been growing in the past three decades that documents the comorbid prevalence of mental health and substance abuse disorders in direct social service community-based organizations.  This section is designed to increase staff awareness about various signs and symptoms of key disorders, so as to help increase discernment between client resistance to behavioral change, versus need for appropriate referral to other adjunct community services for more intensive clinical treatment. 

 

Outline:

1.Overview of primary mental health disorders, and key symptom identification

2.Overview of primary substance abuse disorders, and key symptom identification

3.Research review on trauma, and how PTSD interferes with successful client treatment engagement and retention

 

Goals and Objectives:

 

  1. Increase proper identification of mental health & substance abuse disorders for additional clinical referral and treatment

  2. Learn to identify trauma in clients, and develop organizational strategies to increase staff             and client safety, and reduce triggering environments and interventions. 

 

At the conclusion of the plenary, the participant should be able to identify symptoms of various comorbid health disorders, and list at least 3 organizational strategies to reduce their effects.

 

PART II -2 hours:

This section is designed as practical skills building for all participants.  

 

Outline:

1.Learn grounding techniques, to assist clients to de-escalate when triggered

2.Learn 80+ healthy safe coping strategies 

3.Learn 15+ common cognitive distortions, and how to respond differently

4.Dissemination of resources

 

Goals and Objectives:

 

  1. Participants will be able to list 4 active coping strategies to help clients better cope with daily life stressors in healthier ways.

  2. Participants will be able to utilize 3 different grounding methods to de-escalate clients

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to utilize at least 4 new active coping strategies and 3 grounding techniques with clients.

Title: Self Care for Social Service Workers

Hours: One 4-hour session

Number of Participants: 12 minimum - 30 maximum

This interactive course is separated into two parts

PART I -  2 hours:

A body of research literature has been growing in the past two decades that documents the emergence of vicarious traumatization in professionals, particularly those in the helping professions.  This section is designed to increase participants’ awareness about the syndrome, as well as identifying intervention strategies to help reduce vicarious traumatization symptoms in staff and organizations.

 

Outline:

1.Overview of research

2.Description of 5 core self/other areas affected by vicarious traumatization

3.Review of vicarious traumatization symptoms in 7 inter/intrapersonal domains

4.Strategies for mitigating vicarious traumatization in staff

5.Organizational responses to vicarious traumatization to minimize staff harm

 

Goals and Objectives:

 

  1. Increase awareness about and proper identification of vicarious traumatization symptoms.

 2.   Provide strategies for organizations to implement as a means of reducing vicarious                         traumatization perpetuation in their colleagues and support staff. 

 

At the conclusion of the plenary, the participant should be able to identify symptoms of vicarious traumatization, and list 3 organizational strategies to reduce its effects.

 

 

PART II -  2 hours:

This section is designed as an experiential and interactive session for all participants.  

Practical application of strategies to reduce vicarious traumatization in oneself is the primary focus of the session.  A model for conceptualizing the development of vicarious traumatization and dissemination of resources to enhance coping skills will also occur.

 

Outline:

1.Self-assessment of vicarious traumatization symptoms

2.Presentation of model on the development of vicarious traumatization

3.Intra/interactive journaling & small group work (on five core self/other needs)

4.Presentation of coping strategies

5.Dissemination of resources

 

Goals and Objectives:

 

  1. Participants will be able to list 4 active coping strategies to reduce the effects of vicarious traumatization in their lives.

2.    Participants will have access to a number of resources to access ongoing developments in            vicarious traumatization assessment tools and research developments.

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to list 4 active coping strategies to reduce the effects of vicarious traumatization in their lives. 

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