A Trauma-Informed Approach to Self-Care: Preserving and Nurturing Yourself
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Hybrid: Recorded video online activity and reading-based online activity.
This course is a required course in the Online Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program: Basics for All Staff that was created by the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC).
Individuals who work with trauma survivors can experience burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. Work-related stressors can take a toll not only on the individuals doing the work, but also on the overall work environment. There is evidence that cultivating a culture that meaningfully supports staff self-care can help to mitigate the negative impact of these stressors while positively enhancing personal and professional growth. This presentation will increase awareness about possible impacts of the work, examine the importance of self-care when interfacing with trauma in one’s work, and offer strategies to support individual and organizational wellbeing.
Target Audience: This course is appropriate for social workers and all levels of human service staff that seek foundational information on trauma and a Trauma-Informed approach.Customer Service
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Whitney Mendel, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Public Health, specializing in community health education at Daemen College. Both her research and community work center around maternal and child health and health inequities. Whitney works in many capacities within the community, merging her social work roots and the prevention focus of public health in an effort to better meet the needs of the women and families of Western New York. Her research employs a social determinants of health perspective to inform prevention and intervention strategies to improve birth outcomes among disadvantaged populations.