The Depth of Self-Care: Finding the Capacity to Care in a Field of Constant Tragedies

In the most recent version of the DSM-5, providers repeatedly exposed to details of abuse are included in the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Beyond vicarious and secondary trauma, this highlights the real risk providers face of developing PTSD like symptoms themselves when mired in the duty of supporting those recovering from traumatic experiences.  In this workshop, we will propose differing perspectives on the cause of vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and burnout, and will propose ways to conceptualize healing and lasting recovery.  This workshop will begin with a simple experiential practice involving yoga, conversation with fellow participants, and journaling. We'll then move on to discuss theoretical concepts, and identify common ways vicarious trauma manifests in the mind and body. We will then discuss how to both prevent and treat vicarious trauma, as well as increase clinician's resilience via self-care (as opposed to self-service), connection, and healthy distance. We will close with a discussion of each provider’s experience, and support each participant in leaving with a simple self-care map that meets needs identified during our lecture and discussion. The session will end with a guided meditation with the use of directed mindfulness (Ogden, 20) This workshop will include Assessment; Vicarious Resilience; Yoga; Ventral vagal response (animal therapies); Perspective-taking, Worldview, Healthy Distance and boundaries, Comedy, light-hearted activities, play; Top 5 regrets of the Dying; "Heavies" (both alters and our own); The value of self care versus the notion of self-service; The use of the Window of Tolerance for the clinician.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Connect PTSD symptoms with self-care practices
  • Discern self-care and self-service Identify specific aspects of deep self-care that help connect them to meaning in work and in life
  • Adapt skills presented into practical applications
  • Utilize techniques in order to maintain positive self-care
Course summary
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Presenter: Christine Forner, BA, BSW, RSW, MSW
Presenter Bio: Christine Forner (Ba, Bsw, Msw, Rsw) has been in the healing profession in one form or another since the age of 16 where she worked on a crisis line for teens. Christine spent the first part of her career in the front lines working at local sexual assault centres, long term therapeutic setting and shelters for domestic violence survivours. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over thirty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness. Christine is the current President for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Christine has also served on the board of the ISSTD since 2010 and was the ISSTD treasurer from 2011-2017. She is the author of Dissociation, Mindfulness and Creative Meditations: Trauma informed practices to facilitate growth (Routledge, 2017). The summation of her work is to educate practitioners about the vital importance of their presence, patients and care with those who have been through the most severe and brutal injuries so that they get treated with dignity and compassion; something every human deserves to experience.

Presenter:  Lisa Danylchuk, MEd, CAS, LMFT, E-RYT
Presenter Bio:  Lisa Danylchuk, LMFT, E-RYT is an author, licensed psychotherapist, and yoga teacher trainer specializing in bringing yoga into trauma treatment. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, Lisa is the founder of the Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery in Oakland, CA, and creator the Yoga for Trauma (Y4T) Online Training Program. She has authored three books: Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Theory, Philosophy, and Practice (2019), Embodied Healing: Using Yoga to Recover from Trauma and Extreme Stress (2015), and How You Can Heal: A Strength Based Guide to Trauma Recovery (2017), and is a contributing editor for Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans, published by the Yoga Service Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors and the UN Task Force for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and was recently elected to serve as Secretary for the organization. A leader in the movement to incorporate yoga into trauma treatment, she has trained yoga and mental health professionals around the world, and presents her work internationally.

Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. When she’s not writing or traveling, you’ll likely find her climbing mountains and running trails in nearby parks.

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  • 3.00 ISSTD Certificate Program
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