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The Emotional Toll of Care

  • Course Dates: Fri 17 January 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Explore what helps individuals, teams and the organisations in which they work manage the human cost of challenging work with vulnerability and distress in difficult circumstances.

A dynamic day for professionals to think about and engage with the psychological and relational aspects of their work, and to explore ideas and strategies that will help build healthy communities of practice.

Ideal for professionals in roles on the front line of human emotions and fragility, and in organisations where staff and finance are particularly stretched.

Individuals are often at risk of adopting maladaptive strategies such as withdrawal, cynicism or denial, and depression and burn-out are constant threats. Often, practitioners experience themselves as the face of a failing or inadequate system. The caring professions are worryingly vulnerable to substance misuse, self-harm or, in extreme cases, suicide.

Organisations can fail to address these risks, and the conditions that can amplify or minimise them.

This day will offer participants the opportunity to explore perspectives, ideas and approaches that help them understand and address these challenges.

  • Time out in a safe space
  • Focus on the human and relational aspects of practice
  • Consideration of ideas, resources and approaches that help
  • The opportunity to explore how we can better support each other in the work
  • Exploration of what makes for a community of caring
  • Sharing and learning together

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
Booking Information
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details

Fri 17 January 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Sarum College
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Sarum College

John Ballatt is the co-author of Intelligent Kindness: Re-Forming the Culture of Healthcare. His work supports people working with challenging human need. Holly Hughson is an experienced humanitarian aid worker, speaker and facilitator focused on practitioner health in frontline professions. Audrey Stephenson is a counsellor and psychotherapist, specialising in body-oriented psychotherapies. She also trains counsellors.
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S £70 E £60 C £50