We pay an emotional price for doing the work that we do. Repeated and chronic exposure to large volumes of difficult stories can erode our sense of empathy for others. We can become hardened and desensitized to suffering - or conversely, we can become swallowed up by their pain. Since the demand often outweighs what we can offer, we may also find ourselves experiencing moral distress when we cannot help everyone who comes to us. What is the impact of this on our physical and emotional well-being? How can we stay well while doing difficult work?
This session provides a foundation for understanding these very real "occupational hazards." By participating in this webinar, attendees will:
Assess what elements are risk factors for them and determine their level of exposure
Learn how to identify and recognize warning signs in themselves and others
Assess their current strategies at home and at work and walk away with the tools and resources to develop a personal plan of action
When: Friday, Dec. 17, 2 – 3:15 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PT
Presenter: Sarah Stewart, TEND Academy
Audience: CASA/GAL staff, volunteer advocates and board members
Number of in-service credits: 1.25
For more information and to download the volunteer communications template, please visit the events calendar on the member portal.