Self-Empathy: Transforming Burnout Into Resilience

A Nonviolent Communications Training in Partnership with John Howard Society of Peterborough



Part One: Friday, February 4, 2022 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Part Two: Friday, February 11, 2022 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Course Description

Are you exhausted, over-extended, and wishing for even a few moments of respite?  Does it seem like your usual self-care efforts are falling flat?  Are you burning out and wishing for a way to tap into your natural resilience?  Is it hard to believe there’s any resilience left to tap into?

Join us in this workshop where you will identify ways to mitigate stress factors and increase possibilities for resilience and growth. The Covid pandemic has intensified our experiences of stress, trauma, and isolation, increasing mental health challenges across the general population. Entire teams, from front line to administration, are struggling to alleviate the increasingly relentless distress of clients, co-workers, the community at large, and our own inner experiences. With this context in mind, you will develop ways to deepen your experiences of respite and connection: within yourself and with others. You will leave with practical strategies to engage your own inherent resilience, rejuvenate your sense of purpose, and persist as a compassionate professional.

This workshop is based on the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process for conflict resolution developed by Marshall Rosenberg. The presentation will include lecture, small group discussions, and evidence-based activities to deepen your experiential understanding. Participants will be guided through a private self-empathy practice in real time to offer some immediate relief.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify antecedent and exacerbating factors for stress and burnout among caring professions
  • Identify evidence-based methods for mitigating stress, recovering from burnout, and fostering growth.
  • Become familiar with structural and personal protective factors
  • Apply Nonviolent Communication (NVC) principles and processes to practice self-empathy and engage resilience. This includes:
  • More accurately and precisely noticing your personal warning system,
  • Focusing more clearly on what matters most to you in any given moment,
  • Extending compassion towards yourself, and
  • Developing satisfying needs-based strategies for respite, recovery, and rejuvenation


Facilitator Biography

Marion Little, MA Dispute Resolution, CNVC Certified trainer

Marion Little (she/her) is a seasoned facilitator and social service professional specializing in institutional violence prevention/ response. She’s devoted her life to fostering community resilience and safe sanctuaries within ourselves and our relationships. She manages Community Mediation & Training Services at the John Howard Society of Peterborough. Her programs focus on facilitated dialogues, conflict coaching, communication skills, peer-to-peer listening, and mentorship. She provides training in Nonviolent Communication, mediation, and restorative/ transformative justice processes. At the university level, she’s taught courses in dispute resolution, ethics & reflective practice, collaborative leadership, and non-profit management. She has also served as executive director for charities addressing youth homelessness, affordable childcare, and peer-to-peer supports for sex workers. Marion’s evenings and weekends are filled with plotting/ planning/ planting a small food forest and Black Oak Savannah wildflower gardens, writing essays, and/or messing around with paint and odd bits of paper on canvas.


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $59.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $79.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $99.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop series? This workshop series is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service. How many people can attend? Registration for this workshop series has been capped at 35 participants. What is a partner workshop series? This refers to a workshop series that is being put on by another organization or individual with the support of A Question of Care. Do I need to attend both of the sessions? Yes, attendees will receive  certificates of attendance for participating in both sessions. Will these sessions be recorded? No. These sessions will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of participants. The session slides, however, will be sent out.What is your refund policy? We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?

If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448. 

The cost of this workshop series has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Bursaries are available upon request.

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