Beyond Burnout: Radical Self Care When Supporting People Experiencing Trauma

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Over time, as teachers, clinicians (counselors, therapists), parents, and yoga teachers who are working in high stress environments with students and clients who are considered “at-risk”, we may find ourselves with symptoms similar to those of the people we are serving. Although we may not have directly experienced the same events or have lived through similar traumas, the cumulative effect on us over time can be remarkably similar to the effect on them. This is not news to those of us on the front lines, but when one stops sleeping well, or when one feels a decreasing desire to get out of bed and go to work in the morning (among other symptoms), the first key is noticing. It sounds so simple, yet secondary trauma can surprisingly manifest itself even within the seasoned practitioner.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • what secondary trauma is and who is at risk
  • how to recognize the early signs of secondary trauma in yourself and others
  • how gentle movement and simple breathing exercises can help you access the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest)
  • about vagal tone: how to achieve it, why it matters, and how it relates to secondary trauma
  • 5 specific tools to address, mitigate, and reduce symptoms
  • how to maintain your equilibrium during your work day
  • ways to recommit to faithful self-care

Teacher Bio:

Joanne Spence is a recovering social worker and certified yoga therapist. She is the executive director of Yoga in Schools. She has over 15 years of experience teaching therapeutic yoga to children and their teachers. She trains and teaches all sorts of interesting people, both nationally and internationally, to teach yoga to children. Additionally, she teaches yoga in prisons, hospitals, schools, churches and sometimes street corners. Her sub-specialties are treating adults and children with chronic pain, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia. Joanne has over 30 years of clinical experience, ten of those years as the first yoga therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Currently, she is in private practice (Urban Oasis Pittsburgh) and she also works with veterans on several behavioral health units in Pittsburgh, PA teaching therapeutic chair yoga.

Joanne has been married for 30 years and has 2 adult children and one teen – all of whom practice yoga! When she is not teaching, Joanne loves to read, write, hike, travel, cook and even dance a little – just not all at the same time.

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