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Witness to Witness: Managing Stress During Uncertain Times (Session 2)
April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Managing Stress During Uncertain Times (Session 2)
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way we function in our homes, schools, and jobs. Many service providers, considered essential workers, continue to work outside the home and are experiencing stress far beyond normal levels. Work stress is combined with concern for their families who are also living through difficult situations, including worry about them. While deeply concerned about caring for the people they serve, service providers are also rightly concerned about themselves. They need constructive ways to understand the current context and approaches to caring for themselves so that they can remain emotionally resilient while they do their work. This online seminar will provide a general understanding of common emotional responses to the pandemic – worry, anxiety, demoralization, moral distress — and provide efficient strategies to deal with them. Participants will be able to create a personalized resilience toolkit by the end of the webinar that will be useful in their work with the farmers.
The Witness to Witness (W2W) Program serves those who are in high stress jobs working with vulnerable clients who are themselves experiencing high levels of stress. Originally designed to assist those working with asylum seekers, detainees, migrants, climate refugees and immigrants at the border, we have expanded to serve a range of providers in many parts of the country who work with vulnerable populations. Those we serve may be suffering from stress, empathic stress, moral distress and/or moral injury.