In times of crisis, we need to transform our interpersonal patterns

Hosted by IIRP Professor Frida Rundell, Ph.D., this series will address anxiety and fears within individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be supported to recognize our common human needs for staying healthy in body and spirit.

Competencies and key concepts will include:

  • Being mindful of our self-worth
  • Developing coping strategies to meet our needs
  • Treasuring our existing support systems
  • Using the "relational care ladder" as a guide
  • Compassionate witnessing, an intentional method of being present in our own lives and the lives of others

The online workshop incorporates four 90-minute Zoom sessions. Seating is limited to 30 participants (individuals only; no groups please). Instruction will use handouts, lectures and small group work. Tips for self-management will be provided each session.

  • Session 1 – Self-care: You will learn techniques to ground yourself in challenging circumstances. We will talk about self-compassion versus self-pity and do a practical partner exercise around intentional witnessing for our own self-care. A self-compassion survey will be used to take an inventory of the elements of self-care.
  • Session 2 – Listening to others: Participants will focus on listening competencies, including responding without judgement and how to use restorative questions. A practical exercise in triads will be used to practice mindfulness and reflection.
  • Session 3 – Family time: We will focus on the trials of using our homes as workplaces during the COVID-19 crisis. We will explore the competencies needed to parent, share restricted space with partners and carve out time for work and self-care. In groups of five, participants will unpack the relevant issues and generate ideas for working in restricted spaces.
  • Session 4 – Grieving and loss: Participants will learn a formal interactive process – compassionate witnessing – for addressing grief and loss. Competencies include dealing with discomfort and remaining present during hard conversations. Participants will experience a compassionate witnessing process in small groups using real incidents.

Price: $350

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