Helping on Empty introduces the negative impact of helping, and highlights strategies to protect us from it.

This is best suited to people who work in the helping professions and are exposed to other people’s suffering.

A fundamental reason for working in our field is the desire to help those who are suffering. However, our empathic response can also create the greatest risk for burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. The good news is that by applying the ABCs of Resilience (Awareness, Balance, and Connection), we can neutralise the negative effects of our work.

This workshop aims to reinvigorate your passion for working in your chosen field and teach you how to better protect your emotional health while continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Spot key patterns of behaviour that lead to burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.
  • Learn how values impact fatigue.
  • Address your helping mindset
  • Understand the Polyvagal Theory, the science of Mirror Neurons, and their roles in burnout, recovery, and prevention.
  • Equip oneself with a toolkit of evidence-based strategies to boost resilience.
  • Set healthy boundaries.
  • Share helpful strategies to thrive.
  • Understand the ABCs of resilience.
  • Practice mindfulness and apply self-awareness tools to daily work.
  • Care for health workers while they care for others.
  • Enhance skills to promote feelings, attitudes, actions, and choices that enhance resilience and improve practice.
  • Identify workplace practices that support the well-being of health workers.
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