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Self Care Starter Kit: An Essential Survival Tool for Helping Professionals

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Webinar - A Self-Care Starter Kit: An Essential Survival Tool

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Are you a front-line worker, team leader, supervisor serving vulnerable populations? Join us for an interactive webinar on self-care with Kathleen Gorman.

Webinar Format: This is an interactive webinar through Zoom. Link to access the webinar will be provided to registrants no later than 1 day prior to the event date.

Cost: $5

If the cost is a barrier to attend this webinar, please contact Rie at rie.nakai@reachedmonton.ca.

Webinar Description:

The metaphor of the Airlines safety measure “Put your oxygen mask on first so you can help others” has never carried more meaning than now, whether you are on the front lines providing an essential service, working in your office or working remotely from your home.

The most important part of coping with the intensity of the work is to acknowledge its impact on mind, body and spirit. It may be that we have never been more tested in our capacity to cope with this intensity than in our current year of 2020. Our world has changed dramatically in so many ways and continues to change, sometimes hourly or daily. How do we navigate through these times and find ways to support self-regulation and self-care in order to support our family, friends, colleagues, clients and community?

With this in mind, this webinar will explore:

• Coping with the unknown: How our nervous systems perceive threat and experience stress.

• Caring for Self: Ways to foster self-regulation and resilience.

• Caring for Others: Ways to foster co-regulation and collective resilience

Participants will have the opportunity to explore some somatic-based self-soothing practices that work with the wisdom of our bodies to promote self-attunement and encourage curiosity about what we can do to support ourselves in our work and life.

About the Facilitator:

Kathleen Gorman has been working in the fields of trauma, grief and loss, mental health and addictions, as well as domestic and sexual violence for over 38 years with Indigenous families and communities, government services, and not-for-profit agencies. She has held various leadership, clinical counselling, and community development positions in rural and urban locations. Her clinical social work practice is trauma-informed and holistic: Incorporating expressive arts, somatic/sensorimotor psychotherapy approaches, EMDR, CBT and other contemporary modalities and traditional Indigenous ways of knowing and healing. In her consulting/training private practice, areas of focus include vicarious/secondary trauma, historical trauma, trauma-informed practice, provision of trauma-informed clinical supervision and supporting agencies to develop trauma informed service delivery approaches.

She holds a BSc in Psychology, a Graduate Degree in Health Administration, a Masters in Health Law and a Masters in Social Work, Clinical Social Work Practice. Kathleen is a registered social worker and a certified trauma treatment specialist (CTTS) with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. She provides individual and group counselling at Aboriginal Counseling Services Association of Alberta and is a sessional instructor for the University of Calgary Faculty of SW and field coordinator/sessional instructor for the School of SW at Grant MacEwan University. 

Notice to Registered Social Workers: REACH workshops are eligible for Category A credits with the Alberta College of Social Workers if they align with your personal learning goals for the year and you submit a Category A Summary Form in your personal portfolio.

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