Worker Wellness in Complicated Times for Managers and Directors

Good Grief Care Consultants Premium Workshop Series

This workshop series provides an orientation to the range of debriefing, self-care, and collective care strategies to help managers and supervisors identify and respond to the impact of ongoing loss events. Integrating practical supports for grief and loss events can help sustain a healthy workplace, spirited team, and resilient workers.

Using a combination of presentation, reflective activities, and group interaction, this learning opportunity provides managers with strategies for processing grief and loss in these key areas:

  • a) Support for bereaved workers as individuals.
  • b) Support for a team when death or loss occurs as part of the work.
  • c) Support for the organization when there are significant changes in the workplace—not necessarily related to death, but generating a loss/stress response.
  • d) Support for the team when faced with unpredictable loss events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • To deepen awareness of the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, alongside other current stressors and challenges in this work.
  • To come away with a theoretical framework for understanding how people respond to grief and loss and the diversity within those responses.
  • To review current coping strategies and strategies of resilience that emerge when people are faced with ongoing crisis and loss events.
  • To deepen our understanding of the role of managers in caring for staff, volunteers, and community members experiencing stigmatized losses in both personal and professional arenas.
  • To begin an exploration of best practices and tools to respond effectively to loss, including 3 distinct Debriefing Practices.
  • To outline a model for a Low Impact Debriefing practice.
  • To offer an opportunity for managers to “say a good goodbye” to individuals they’ve lost as part of this work.

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