Finding Meaning and Navigating a New Normal: Self-Care While Supporting Others

This session was originally held on May 6, 2020. Presenter: Stephanie Colvin-Roy, Training and Organizational Development Associate and Lead I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) International Trainer, Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) at the Center for…

Finding Meaning and Navigating a New Normal: Self-Care While Supporting Others

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This session was originally held on May 6, 2020.

Presenter: Stephanie Colvin-Roy, Training and Organizational Development Associate and Lead I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) International Trainer, Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) at the Center for Schools and Communities

The world has changed. Our current situation is temporary, things will be different on the other side and lead to some permanent changes. David Kessler, author and world-renowned expert on grief, explains that many people are experiencing multiple griefs including anticipatory grief in response to COVID-19. Anticipatory grief is anxiety about our “imagined futures”, uncertainty and fears of the unknown. Participants attending this virtual workshop will identify and practice strategies for understanding and managing stages of grief including Kessler’s 6th stage, finding meaning. Embracing a new normal requires resilience, participants will examine concepts from the psychology of resilience including psychiatrist, Victor Frankle’s tragic optimism and benefit-finding. Characteristics of compassion fatigue and crisis-related stress will be identified and participants will examine strategies for establishing and maintaining physical and psychological wellbeing. Participants will discuss effective ways to communicate with others to increase successful client support.

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