Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021 & Friday, September 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Sessions for Frontline Workers
ABRPO & OHRN are excited for all non-manager ASO staff and AIDS Bureau-funded-harm reduction workers in Ontario to participate in online group training with Vikki Reynolds. These additional sessions are added for workers who did not attend in the summer/fall of 2020.
Folks working with people struggling with addiction, poverty, violence and oppression are often told that they will “burn out”. Contrary to this is a story of sustainability; how our collective work sustains us, nourishes our hope, invites us to honour the resistance and strength we witness in the people we work alongside, and allows us to work congruently with our values and ethics. This experiential workshop will address our collective ethics and practices of collective care as opposed to self-care.
Vikki will differentiate Vicarious Trauma & Burn Out from the spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice with the people we want to be useful to. We'll look at our solidarity and 'shouldering each other up’ in dark times immersed in mean-spirited politics and neo-liberalism. Vikki will invite us to consider the transformations our work and the people we work alongside co-create. We'll explore our relationship to a believed-in hope, and resisting charitable and patronizing self-care prescriptions to workers. We will also consider a frame for Resisting Burn out that holds clients at the centre, based on how we treat people, and resist pathologizing ourselves and other workers as mentally ill and deficient...and that's going to bring us to The Zone of Fabulousness...
Please download the workbook in preparation for your session:
If this session is full or you are a manager, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info on alternative dates.