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Professional Development: Finding Hope Grief & Loss in the Workplace


Shyama-Priya

In this workshop, we'll learn how to identify, acknowledge and process losses, honour and work with grief, maintain boundaries, and practice restorative and compassionate self-care.


Friday, Feb. 24

1:00pm - 3:00pm (PT)




Finding Hope: Grief and Loss in the Workplace As helping professionals, we often form strong bonds at work, making us vulnerable to complex feelings of loss when there are endings or changes. Losses can include organizational changes, the departure of a co-worker, the end of a client relationship or when a death occurs. Experiencing strong feelings during these times can be confusing, as these emotions may not be acknowledged or validated by social or workplace norms, leading to "disenfranchised grief." Grieving losses is important and necessary to help prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in human service work.

In this workshop, we'll learn how to identify, acknowledge and process losses, honour and work with grief, maintain boundaries, and practice restorative and compassionate self-care.

Workshop Highlights

  • Identifying and understanding ambiguous and disenfranchised grief

  • Honouring emotions while remaining boundaried in our work

  • Supporting yourself and others through loss


Workshop Description

Lateral Violence – Working Towards Solutions

Lateral violence occurs when harmful behaviours we experience show up in our interactions with others. It is expressed in many forms including lack of trust, favouritism, and poor communication – these issues typically lead to conflict between individuals or within an entire group. Moving beyond the cycle of lateral violence begins with people becoming aware of its causes and impacts. This workshop explores the various dynamics of lateral violence and offers solutions for prevention. Participants will develop better personal awareness and enhance their communication and conflict resolution skills.


Bio:

Jodie McDonald, MSW RSWIBP

Jodie McDonald is a counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, specializing in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP). As a registered Social Worker in BC, Jodie has over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, working crisis and suicide intervention, family support, and mental health. Jodie has also taught at Vancouver Island University, and facilitates professional development workshops throughout BC, specializing in boundary practice, self-care, and wellness education for helping professionals and caregivers. Jodie is grateful to live on the unceded, ancestral territory of the Quw’utsun people in the Cowichan Valley, BC.

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