Part 1 in this three-part online seminar series addresses how to manage the multiple stressors impacting service providers and those they serve. The series will present a model of the helper as witness that provides concrete suggestions as to how the provider can shift from feeling ineffective to feeling effective and competent. Participants will learn ways of activating resilience, creating a self-care toolbox, and managing grief and loss.
As the losses mount with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people are feeling a range of emotions. Confusion, fear, anger, and sadness are strong, as is grief. Grief usually takes shared public forms, but during the pandemic, there are constraints. In this online seminar, Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, presents materials about grief in general and grief in the circumstances of the pandemic. We discuss the particular challenges of grief following estrangement or ambiguous loss. We look at ways to support others – clients, friends, colleagues, family members – without becoming overburdened ourselves, so that we may avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support. Throughout the online seminar, we create ways for participants to share their experiences and form a felt sense of community. We need to balance despair with hope, and hope is something best done with others. For 90 minutes, we become your community.
Other webinars in this series include:
- Part 2—Managing Stress During Uncertain Times—Thursday, July 15, 2021 5:00 p.m. ET
- Part 3—Grief in the Time of COVID-19: Loss, Connection, & Hope—Thursday, July 22, 2021 5:00 p.m. ET