Recovery and Self-Care Tool-Kit for Helping Professionals and First Responders: Video Course
A 2-day workshop
Speaker: Babette Rothschild
Product: Video Course
There are two main avenues where helping professionals (counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers) and first responders (firefighters, paramedics, hospital workers—including doctors and nurses) are most vulnerable to the impact of the trauma suffered by those they are endeavouring to help:
- On the scene of trauma (accidents, bombings, war, crime, emergency room, and the like), personnel, mainly first responders, are exposed to gruelling scenes of bodily harm and, often, death. Being a first-hand witness to violence and death is one of the major categories of trauma exposure that can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Moreover, many first responders suffer injury themselves, further putting them at risk for PTSD
- After the fact, those who regularly hear the recounting of traumatic experiences, primarily helping professionals as well as friends and family, face different, though nonetheless incapacitating, risks: compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and debilitating countertransference
- Anyone working in these types of situations is at risk of primary as well as secondary traumatisation
- Any and all of these conditions can amplify to the degree of burnout
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Full Course Information
It is critical to note that what hurts and what helps is different for each individual. Therefore, the aim of this professional training is to equip each of the delegates with a personalized tool-kit for preventing, intervening in, and healing whichever (single or combination of) conditions they either suffer from or are at risk for. Think of this workshop as offering a buffet of theories, tools, and skills drawn from trauma studies, neuroscience, mindfulness, and somatic psychology, — all for tasting, sampling, and experimenting. What ultimately comprises a particular participant’s own tool-kit will be unique to them.
The tool-kit buffet will include:
- Brain Structure
- Sensory Nervous System: identifying the present moment
- Autonomic Nervous System: monitoring and adjusting arousal
- Empathy: dialling resonance up and down
- Mirror Neurons: how our brains connect us to others
- Skills and Interventions
- Keep Cool: don’t flip your lid!
- How, When, and How Much to Share?
- Down Regulating
- Mindfulness: anchoring in the present moment
- Exteroceptors: identifying safety and danger
- Unmirroring: reduce resonance
- Imagery: minimizing the impact of listening
- Separating Mine from Thine: in body and mind
- Balance: for mind as well as body
- Quality Time Off: Transitioning between work and free time
Video course packs, including all notes are sent by post on memory sticks.