Hi to you all. If you had a chance to join us at last week’s conference, I’d like to extend a very big THANK YOU for your contribution to two wonderful days. Meaghan Welfare wanted to offer you her slides on conflict engagement as promised. Click here to download Meaghan’s slides from her keynote address.
Please click here for my slides from the keynote “The times they are changing”
Every day this week, we are sharing with you some highlights of the upcoming Compassion Fatigue Conference June 4-5th. Today, we feature a “mini business bootcamp” and Soul Stations.
Running a Business from the Heart and the Hip: Balancing the joys and predicaments of being your own boss with Robin Cameron, M.Ed., CCC.
An informal talk with a serial entrepreneur who believes that with a little bit of creativity you can be the best supervisor you’ve ever had and avoid becoming a tyrannical mess! Bring your questions and real life examples, or show up with fears and reservations, heckle, take notes, come as you are to this fun and relaxed business bootcamp.
My clients face a deluge of unrelenting stress. We take the best of coaching and counselling and with a little humour thrown in, work to lessen the hard stuff and make room for more fun and inspiration
Robin Cameron is a therapeutic coach who works with helping professionals and students who desire more freedom and room to be creative in their work lives. She can be found at www.lifeinspired.ca
Join us on June 4th to hear Robin’s presentation along with several others such as:
Soul Stations (A little first aid for the soul) with Christa Dales Donnelly
After 30 years working in social services agencies, both in Developmental Services and Ontario Works, Christa Dales Donnelly has experienced Compassion Fatigue and all the fallout from it. Christa developed her business “Compassion For You” in order to provide awareness and support for agencies, professionals and families that are involved with the rewarding, heart wrenching, frustrating, life affirming and soul sucking endeavour of providing human services. At the conference, Christa will engage you in fun, interactive and thoughtful activities while affording you the opportunity to learn and share ideas that help us cope when our “give a damn” is busted.
Taking Control Back from Stress: Key strategies from a top level personal trainer with Renee Whitney
When your health becomes your last priority you can become drained, physically uncomfortable and stuck. Take care of your physical well being first and not only do you transform your body but you feel more ALIVE!! Your relationships, work and life in general all become easier and more enjoyable. Most people know this & want this, but sometimes find it hard to stay on track when “life happens.” This is why I created FOCUS Personal Fitness Studio. I believe that everyone can benefit from proper guidance, support, and motivation. Our role at Focus is to provide these tools in a welcoming environment where individuals can discover their own personal reasons for wanting to live a healthier, happier life.
Stay tuned as we feature more great offerings from this year’s Compassion Fatigue Conference all week!
Don’t forget that there is still time to enter your name in the”Refer a Friend Contest”
Refer a Friend Contest: Ends May 16th 2013.
Refer a friend and enter your name in a draw to win a $200 refund off your registration! To enter this contest: 1) You must be a registered participant by May 10th, 2013 2) Your friend must enter your name in the “refer a friend contest” box on the registration page anytime before May 17th. We will draw a name on May 17th, 2013. Good luck!
Refer a friend to the Compassion Fatigue Conference June 4-5, 2013 and your name will be entered in a draw to win a $200 refund off your registration!
Refer a Friend Contest: Ends May 16th 2013.
Contest rules: 1) To be eligible, you must be a registered participant by May 10th, 2013 2) Your friend must enter your name in the “refer a friend contest” box on the registration page and they must register anytime before May 17th. If you refer more than one friend, your name can be entered more than once!
We will draw one name on May 17th. Good luck! Click here for more information on the Compassion Fatigue Conference, June 4-5, 2013 in Kingston, On.
Public Service Announcement:
“We invite you to participate in a mindfulness retreat led by internationally respected peace activist and Zen Master Thích Nhat Hanh and monastics in the tradition of Plum Village, along with international guest speakers from the field of mindfulness in education.
The retreat will be 5 days, from Sunday, August 11 to Friday, August 16, 2013, and will take place at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, located between Niagara Falls and Toronto, and sitting atop the Niagara Escarpment in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It will be fully residential, with all accommodation on campus.
The retreat is a special retreat focused on educators, a unique opportunity for educators to practice mindfulness together and with non-educators. It will include international guest speakers from the field of mindfulness and education.
The retreat is open to all, as we recognize the importance of the greater community in the undertaking of change and support for the education system. At least half the spots will be reserved specifically for those in the field of education and working with young people, including school, college, and university teachers, administrators, guidance counsellors, youth workers and social workers, as well as education students.
Registration is limited and we expect it to fill up quickly. If you would like to be notified before registration opens please sign up for the retreat’s email list.“
Public Service Announcement:
Circle of Security Parenting DVD Training, April 23-26th, 2013 in Guelph, Ontario.
Click here to view flyer and to get more information.
According to Statistics Canada, only 15 per cent of adults and 7 per cent of children meet the minimum recommended physical activity guidelines every day. André Picard
Someone recently said to me “I can’t get on the floor and play with my pets anymore, my hips are so stiff” and this person was only in his mid fifties.
You’ve probably seen the most recent research findings on how our sedentary lifestyle is really harmful to our health. It’s been all over the media lately. The Globe and Mail’s André Picard wrote an article this week where he quipped “sitting is the new smoking”. The short version of the findings are this: sitting for long stretches of time is bad for you, so you should get up and move at least 2 minutes for every 20 that you sit. Better yet, get a standing desk if you’re a desk jockey.
Helping Those Who Help Traumatized Children: CII Hosts National Conference on Vicarious Trauma in November
Current research, prevention and self-care practices will be shared at “Vicarious Trauma: Wellness Strategies for Helping Professionals and Their Organizations,” this year a two-day event planned for November 8 and 9, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. This national conference is part of an ongoing calendar of professional support activities presented by Children’s Institute’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy. Co-sponsors include the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Joyful Heart Foundation.
Secondary trauma and burnout are pressing issues for family service professionals nationwide, yet few opportunities exist to address the subject and offer valuable resources and solutions. This conference brings together some of the country’s leading experts in the field, including Françoise Mathieu, MEd, CCC, director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions, Inc.; Thema Bryant-Davis, Ph.D, director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at Pepperdine University; Jerry Tello, author and expert on multicultural healing; and Jaiya John, Ph.D, founder of Soul Water Rising. Presentations will provide useful tools and skill-building to help professional caregivers recognize traumatic stress and practice greater self-care.
“The number of children in Los Angeles who suffer from trauma is staggering and to compound the problem, child welfare professionals and caregivers often do not have access to the latest knowledge and tools to effectively help them,” says CII President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Emmons. “The Vicarious Trauma Conference provides them with significant support and resources while raising public awareness of this critical need.”
CII has created one of the nation’s strongest models for working with children who have been affected by violence—child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, domestic violence, gang violence, and violence in schools and neighborhoods. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy draws on the agency’s long history of providing professional trainings and disseminating innovative program models by offering evidence-based practices—treatments that have been shown over time to be effective—to large agencies like the L.A. County Departments of Mental Health (DMH) and Children and Family Services (DCFS), as well as community-based organizations.
I am delighted to announce the launch of three new training videos on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Over the past few years, I have received many requests for short educational videos both from compassion fatigue trainers, who wanted to include these in their workshops, individuals who were living in remote areas and not always able to attend our trainings and finally helping professionals of all stripes who were hoping for some more multimedia resources. So here they are! These are very simple videos – just me and my power points. They are digital files, which means that you can download them straight to your computer after purchasing them, and use them immediately. You can purchase each video individually or all three in a bundle for a significant saving. Visit my store for more information by clicking here.
Hi! How is your summer going so far? It’s been a scorcher in my part of the world and I am not a hot weather person. I don’t know whether it’s simply my French-Irish DNA or the fact that I lived the first decade of my life in the far North, but I don’t cope very well with hot humid weather – I get cranky and I don’t have much energy to cook meals, or move very fast. So this year, I decided to embrace it and turn the dial way down during the heat wave. Slowing down isn’t such a bad thing for someone like me who tends to do too much - I shortened my daily to do list and read more books and listened to more music and drank a ton of watermelon iced tea (yum). Then, to my great delight, most of my family went away to their respective pursuits (a child at camp, a partner in the UK, another child away with friends) and I ended up alone at home for days at a time. I don’t think that has happened once in 14 years! Bliss! So here are a few things I came across during this lovely retreat time:
You asked for it, so we designed it…The Dream Big Start Small Teleseminar
A 5 week teleclass with Françoise Mathieu and Robin Cameron that will get to the heart of what you want, and provide the tools for getting there.
Starts September 2012 – Five biweekly teleclasses (live and recorded events)
Each call will be offered live and via recording so you can listen at your convenience. You will be supported every step of the way as you break your goal down into manageable parts and deal with all of the obstacles that have interfered with your success. We want to help you identify and intensify your goal, deal with stubborn obstacles, transform your inner critic into an ally, make space in your life for your big dream and your best self, and create an inner and outer support network to keep you on track!
What could you accomplish if you had this kind of warm creative energy and supportive accountability behind your goal?