Trauma-Aware Resilience Training for Frontline Community Workers: Taking care of ourselves mindfully
101 6th Avenue West Prince Rupert Prince George, BC V8J 1Y9 Canada
To ensure continuity of service during the COVID-19 pandemic, all BCGEU offices are closed and staff are working remotely to assist members. We recommend that you email the appropriate office if you require assistance.
So much is expected of you when you serve the public.
People who've had traumatic experiences often express big emotions and can behave unpredictably.
As community workers, you might find yourself on heightened alert as you repeatedly face others' distress and not-infrequent anger. If you do administrative work, you might be transcribing difficult information, seeing disturbing photos and talking on the phone with people who are struggling.
Your role can be hampered by situations beyond your control, especially the limited resources you have to offer them. Many moments during your work day can be challenging. Our bodies respond instinctively under pressure: the neck or jaw tightens; the stomach gets queasy. Regular exposure to these taxing situations can leave us with chronic health conditions: irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, etc. and exhaustion.
Physical discomfort requires physical strategies. This training offers simple techniques you can practice to get you and your body working together. My hope is to leave you with renewed energy having practiced techniques you can implement to lessen the impact of your work. Come prepared to ignite your curiosity and explore new ways of taking care of yourself, especially in those tough moments.
What to expect from Shayna's training:
Shayna Hornstein is an adult educator, a body-focused counsellor and registered physical therapist. Her workshops improve resilience and communication skills. In her clinical practice she helps people lessen the impact that stress has on our bodies She loves supporting BCGEU members who do important work in our communities.