Self-Empathy: Transforming Burnout Into Resilience

Self-Empathy: Transforming Burnout Into Resilience

JHS Partner Workshop Series

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?

In this workshop, 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 frontline 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 includes 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 at any given moment,
    • Extending compassion towards yourself, and
    • Developing satisfying needs-based strategies for respite, recovery, and rejuvenation.

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