Resources for resilience, emotional first-aid and alleviating the stress that can come from providing day-to-day care for others.

Resilience and Healthy Self-Esteem

Resilience is boosted by self-esteem. Nurturing and developing a healthy sense of ourselves can be challenging, however, when we are tuned into what we think are our failings or ways we aren’t quite what we wish we were. Come to learn about how we can foster an accurate sense of ourselves, increasing our personal resilience.

Resilience and Realistic Optimism

Our perspective on life is related to one or the other of optimism or pessimism. In this workshop we explore the various angles we can take and then focus on realistic optimism, which provides a significant boost to our resilience. Gather some skills that will help you listen to how you tell the story of your life.

Resilience and Meaning

Each of us has a way of making and discovering meaning in our lives. The more we are aware of that scheme of meaning-making, the more we are able to access resilience because of it.

Resilience and Personal Connections

When we make strong connections with people, ideas, causes and the like, we strengthen our resilience and are more ready to contend with stressful experiences. Learn about the kinds of connections that make a difference and support your own resilience’s development.

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Cost of Care Trilogy

This course has been designed to assist Fraser Health employees and medical staff in alleviating the damaging effects of stress that can come as a result of providing day-to-day care for others.

Maintaining compassion for others is an important part of delivering the best patient care possible. However, constant giving can increase stress levels and, in a sense, use up our supply of personal compassion and care.

There are three parts to this Fraser Health provided course. Each component is approximately 50 minutes and can be taken in any order.

  1. Compassion Satisfaction
    In part one, participants will be led through some of the common stress challenges that are faced in our life journeys.  Attention will be given to managing and navigating through the normal reactions in order to maintain a positive level of compassion.
  2. The Construction Zone: Your Life
    This component gives focused attention to Time Management and Self-Esteem. These two areas can assist in re-fueling one’s compassion level.
  3. The Winds Continue to Blow: Change and Transition
    Part Three of the Cost of Caring Trilogy gives attention to working through change with focus on the transition phase of these changes.

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Emotional first aid peer support workshop

Likely all of us will experience a traumatic event or tragic scenario in our life journey.

This 3 ½ hour workshop teaches basic tools for enhancing participants’ own care and compassion for others who have experienced a significantly challenging event.

Compassion for others is a valuable skill for health care professionals to have. Health care roles often require constant giving which can increase stress levels and in a sense "zap" the supply of personal compassion and care. At times a trusted and respected colleague will be the first one available to assist in reducing the impact of a very traumatic and challenging event.

This course is designed to give participants basic tools on offering emotional first aid for your peers. In addition, these skills are also beneficial in supporting family, friends, neighbours and community groups. Teaching components and practical skill development in providing emotional support are the main objectives of this workshop

This course is open to all Fraser Health employees, medical staff and volunteers.

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Advanced emotional first aid peer support workshop

This 3 ½ hour workshop builds on the fundamental skills for providing support to colleagues in crises and in the aftermath of critical situations.

Advanced Emotional First Aid is for staff who have completed the prerequisite course Emotional First Aid: Peer Support and want a refresher on its goals and basic skills, along with a significant amount of time spent in direct practice in order to refine and sharpen their skill base.

Advanced Emotional First Aid builds on the fundamental skills for providing peer support in crises and in the aftermath of trying situations. It explores situations which are both more complex and demanding of the peer support provider.

The course will focus on a number of topics:

  • Reaching out to connect with a person who might need emotional support
  • Dealing with someone’s resistance to your offer of assistance
  • Recognizing when to refer a person for further assistance and how to make that referral
  • Learning some simple skills in suicide intervention to use with someone at risk of attempting to take their own life
  • Multiple role-play opportunities to sharpen and refine your crisis intervention skills

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