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Bringing our Whole Selves to the Work: Self-care Through Trauma Exposure

June 3, 2021; 10:00-11:30am (online via Zoom)

In this workshop, participants will dive deep into sustainable self-care practices for helping professions exposed to trauma. Click here for more details and to sign up.


About this Event

Discussions of self-care are often surface level and focus on singular acts, like going on a walk or deep breathing. These conversations neglect to acknowledge the sometimes devastating effects exposure to trauma and what we can do to mitigate the effects of trauma exposure responses: social support, cultivating intention, time for reflection, and organizational sustainability practices. In this interactive workshop, participants will examine how trauma has impacted their work, and explore tools and skills for sustainable self-care, as presented in Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.

Participants will:

Develop an understanding of the impact of trauma on themselves, their work, their workplaces, and the clients they serve.
Connect how behaviors like hypervigilance, diminished creativity, dissociative moments, guilt, helplessness, body ailments, and feeling like you are never doing enough are signs of the impact of trauma exposure over time.
Discuss tools for people in helping professions to counteract the effects of trauma exposure by feeling more present, connected, and practicing sustainable self-care that is meaningful to them.
Examine the role of organizations in supporting their workers as it relates to trauma exposure.
Leave the session with a series of reflection questions about their relationship to their work, and ideas for personalizing and prioritizing self-care.

Who should attend?

All are welcome to attend. People in most professions witness the suffering of other people, animals, or the planet, and need tools for better self-care. Those who should attend are seeking to expand their self-care practice and to prioritize their well-being; including social service providers, ecologists, activists, animal care workers, emergency responders, teachers and educators, nonprofit staff, college students, social workers, community based organizations, mental health staff, religious affiliates, mandated reporters, anyone in contact with the public, and more!

Facilitator: Nicole Irigoyen, Prevention Education Director

MCRCC supports transparency and openness, breaks, audience engagement, interactive learning, and a commitment to self-care and will model these practices during this workshop.

Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer CEU (Continuing Education Unit) Credits. However, each participant will receive a certificate of participation emailed to the address they registered with.


For questions or more information, please email Nicole Irigoyen at

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