REACH Edmonton

While working with individuals, families and communities in any capacity is rewarding work, supporting survivors of trauma, violence and abuse comes with a host of challenges for those in frontline caring professions.

There is a cost of caring, especially when witnessing trauma. REACH Edmonton held its first training session on this topic, The Cost of Caring: Taking Stock and Nurturing Self-Care with Kathleen Gorman, on June 6.

Gorman has been working in the fields of trauma, grief and loss, mental health and addiction, as well as domestic and sexual violence for more than 36 years in communities, government services and non-profit agencies.

Frontline workers are often knowledgeable about self-care and healthy coping strategies as tools for the clients they support, but often their own self-care practices are neglected and forgotten, putting their world out of balance.

“This was a well-defined workshop that accepts the need and importance of self-care practice in ourselves, but also at an agency level,” said one participant. “I learned to acknowledge my role in self-care for myself and my co-workers. I think my whole agency would benefit from this training.”

The training discusses compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, burnout and the factors that contribute to these issues.

The next Cost of Caring workshop will be held Oct. 24.

For more information or to register, click here