Working with vulnerable populations, such as people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, is extremely rewarding while also challenging. Have you ever stopped to think, “Why are we so good at taking care of others, but not ourselves?” Studies show that a high percentage of mental health workers may be experiencing high levels of burnout. Mental Health and Disability professionals also experience compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Studies also show that those same workers are only moderately engaged in self-care practices and only on a limited basis. Arguably, it is important to both be aware of this, as well as proactively take an approach to prioritize our own mental health.
Focusing on preventative measures can help us lead a happier, healthier life. During this workshop, a review of self-care studies and ideas. We will focus on identifying self-care methods unique to each individual person and how to best enact these methods of care to improve one’s life. We will review the balance between work, personal, and family stresses and develop practical plans. The plans will focus on recognizing the deficits in each area and how to build them back up. This workshop will help those actively engaged in the helping profession recognize the need for self-care, including the types of self-care, as well as how we can develop a self-care plan.
- To enhance self-awareness of burnout/vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue while working with individuals with ID/DD.
- To bring awareness to the need for self-care both personally and professionally. And how this can affect our clients when not addressed.
- To increase knowledge of and to encourage engagement in self-care skills/activities.
- To identify self-care activities and create a self-care plan.
- To lessen the stigma surrounding self-care/being selfish in a profession where our jobs are to give and help others.
- To increase the resiliency of those in the helping profession as well