RECORDINGS

Available from from June 14 – 21

 

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Are You Okay? Processing the Psychological Impact of the Pandemic

After the whirlwind of the past two years, we have found ourselves in unfamiliar territory. As our communities attempt to recalibrate, our individual experiences are vast and varied – some helping professionals are grieving the loss of meaning found in redeployment, others are looking for new opportunities, and some of us are just happy to be back at our desk. While media and some well-meaning leaders may be anxious to reach that elusive “post-pandemic world,” those of us who do trauma-exposed work are not convinced. How do we move forward when many of us are still digging our way out of the emotional fallout of role overload, chronic fatigue, and complex organizational turmoil?

In this session, Françoise Mathieu will share lessons learned as TEND Executive Director working with organizations over her 25-year career. She will explore post-traumatic growth, how it has been misunderstood and misused, and offer strategies to process and recalibrate.

PRESENTED BY

Françoise Mathieu

(she/her)

M. Ed, RP
Trauma Specialist, Author, & TEND Executive Director

Growing the Good: Using the Principles of Neuroplasticity to HEAL

The human body is ill-equipped to function in a state of chronic stress. As our communities begin the long journey of healing after two years of sustained uncertainty and role overload, our nervous systems are frayed. Research has shown that taking time to pause and focus on positive experiences can help to carry us through hardship. A shared smile, a small triumph – these are micro-moments of goodness that, while easily missed, can lead to powerful changes in our wellbeing. How do we shift our nervous systems to more readily “take in the good”?

Based on the work of Dr. Rick Hanson and his HEAL Framework, this session will explore a simple tool to turn positive experiences into lasting change. Diana Tikasz will share the science behind positive neuroplasticity, discuss the importance of repetition and integration, and explain how you can use this framework to extract the goodness from today’s conference – and from your everyday work.

PRESENTED BY

Diana Tikasz

(she/her)

MSW, RSW
Resilience & Organizational Health Specialist, TEND

Teaching What I Need to Learn: A Discussion with Scott Jones, Police Officer & Yoga Instructor

While working in a high-trauma division of policing, Scott Jones began practicing yoga for a utilitarian purpose – to help recover from a back injury. However, over the years, this practice has become integral to his wellness journey. In 2020, Scott decided to train as a registered yoga teacher specializing in trauma-informed practice and breath work, and now leads sessions from his home studio and in the corrections community. What are the lessons learned from the collision of these two unlikely worlds?

In this session, Scott shares the story of his wellness journey and how yoga has helped him as he reflects on his 29+ career in the Edmonton Police Services. He shares his perspective on managing the chronic nature of high-trauma work and discusses the barriers faced when introducing mindfulness and yoga to others in the field of policing and corrections.

PRESENTED BY

Scott Jones

(he/him)

Superintendent, Edmonton Police Services

Françoise Mathieu

(she/her)

M. Ed, RP
Trauma Specialist, Author, & TEND Executive Director

“You Don’t Have to Be the Boss to Be a Leader”: A Discussion on Psychological Safety

Workplaces are witnessing the negative effects of accumulated fatigue and burnout among their teams. Media outlets are heralding “The Great Resignation” as economists race to predict the fallout of the past two years on staff turnover and retention rates. Whether this trend is in fact statistically accurate, it is clearly a buyer’s market for workers. This moment presents an opportunity for organizations to start (re)building the culture of their workplace – one that is defined by psychological safety and openness. As workplaces reorganize, re-open, and revitalize, what do you hope to see in your respective sectors that will encourage not just physical safety, but encompass psychological safety as well?

Drawing on themes from Amy Edmundson’s book, The Fearless Organization, this panel discussion will explore the concept of psychological safety with an emphasis on the unique challenges faced by middle managers in the reopening workplace. Tamsyn Brennan, Prasanna Kariyawansa, and N Sirtisky will discuss the implications of a psychologically unsafe work environment and offer strategies for change that can be implemented across the organizational hierarchy.

PRESENTED BY

Tamsyn Brennan

(she/her)

MSW, RSW, MBA
Compassionate Leadership Specialist, TEND

N Sirtisky

(no pronouns preferred/they)

MSSW, D.Min., BCC, RSW
Professional Practice and Advocacy Consultant, Nova Scotia College of Social Workers

Prasanna Kariyawansa

(he/him)

RSW
Program Educator, IWK Mental Health & Addictions Program

How Do We Talk About Trauma? A Discussion on Boundaries with Laura Khoudari

When Laura Khoudari developed PTSD, she had trouble finding the trauma-informed recovery program she wanted – so she designed one herself. In her book Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time, Laura recounts this journey in a uniquely secondary-trauma-informed way; she protects her own privacy as well as readers’ wellbeing by setting clear boundaries. around what she will and will not share. Strong, confident, and consistent boundaries can help us to heal, to stay well, and to protect each other from harm – but what if we do not know what our boundaries are or where to find them? 

In this session, Sarah Stewart interviews Laura about why boundaries might be hard to identify – particularly if we have experienced traumatic stress. They will discuss how strength training taught Laura to first recognize, then honour, her boundaries and how it can help others too. Sharing practices that have been important to them in their personal and professional lives, Sarah and Laura will explore why setting limits around the stories we take in and share with others is a key part of becoming secondary-trauma informed practitioners.

PRESENTED BY

Sarah Stewart

(she/her)

RSW
Secondary Traumatic Stress Specialist, TEND

Laura Khoudari

(she/her)

CPT, CES
Author of Lifting Heavy Things

Who Will Lovingly Hold You Accountable?

Join us as we wrap-up CARE4YOU 2022 with a final message on social support for sustainable change. 

PRESENTED BY

Françoise Mathieu

(she/her)

M. Ed, RP
Trauma Specialist, Author, & TEND Executive Director