Self Care and Resiliency

Breakout Session

Self Care and Resiliency

Speaker(s): Jennifer Auman
Wed, Jun 26, 2024 | 9:00 - 10:10am CDT

About this session

Track: Provider Well-Being
Audience level: Foundational

The workforce crisis as a result of the pandemic has created a tremendous amount of stress for those in positions that "do it for the joy" and not the money. Burnout is a serious issue and combined with the economy, we need to put steps into place to preserve the direct service providers and caregivers that bring the experience and knowledge to families across the state. This presentation uses humor, interactive activities, and engaging presentation to bring us all back to a place of resiliency. Utilizing the theory and many activities in the book Building Your Bounce, Simple Strategies for a Resilient You by Mary Mackrain and Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, my presentation takes on the complex emotional state of Compassion Fatigue in early childhood home visitors, teachers and caregivers.  The differences in Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout are examined, signs and symptoms are identified, and active participation in activities to build resilience through the Protective Factors of relationships, internal beliefs, initiative and self-control are exemplified.

Intended Audience: Early childhood home visitors, teachers, caregivers

Learning objectives

At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout;
  • Identify signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue
  • Learn how Protective Factors, as described in Building Your Bounce by Mary Mackrain and Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, work for grown-ups too in building and recognizing resiliency!
  • Accept a compliment (or at least know the basics of learning how.)