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Collective Care: Supporting one another and preventing burnout in Housing F...

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The Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI) presents a webinar on "Collective Care: Supporting one another and preventing burnout in Housing First Programs".

Housing First work is both inspiring and intense. How can we manage the impact this can have on the emotional, physical, and mental health of Housing First staff?

During this webinar, you will:

  • discuss and practice strategies, including mindfulness, a highly researched practice that promotes well-being and reduces anxiety;

  • explore the theoretical and biological underpinnings of mindfulness; and

  • examine some practices that can help us build a culture of collective care in our workplaces.

Participants from different communities are encouraged to attend to learn and share their experiences in working with Housing First for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.

Presenter: Brian Dean Williams was a clinician working with the Vancouver arm of the At Home/Chez Soi project, and has 22 years of frontline experience with mental health, addictions, and homelessness. He is now in private practice and travels widely to facilitate workshops and training.

Moderators and OHFRN-CoI Co-Leads:

  • Tim Aubry, Professor, School of Psychology & Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa

  • Geoff Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University


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