Learn to be kinder to yourself and others
A ONE-DAY workshop will be held in Roma to help participants learn how to be more compassionate of themselves and others.
South West Hospital and Health Service Regional Adversity Co-ordinator Gavin Johannesen said the workshop would explore the benefits of bringing tenderness into people’s lives, our own and others.
“The workshop will help participants identify strategies to assist and manage stressful situations and professional and personal relationships,” Mr Johannesen said.
“Compassion fatigue is real and can affect our ability to be effective in our work with people who need our support.
“It can also cause us to want to withdraw from the very people we are trying to support.
“Having clear boundaries is a great way of looking after yourself.
“A number of techniques from psychodrama will be used to help participants become more aware of the workload they carry in their bodies and, more importantly, develop strategies that they can use to establish boundaries and help decrease the experience of body overload.
“Tenderness will be a thread that weaves through and links the themes of the workshop.”
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Wendy McIntosh of Laidley-based Davaar Consultancy Training and Development.
Mr Johannesen said Dr McIntosh was an expert in mental health issues and had delivered similar workshops at state, national and international conferences.
“Participants will get a better understanding of how they respond to others based on their behaviours, which then often governs how those others then respond to them,” he said.
The Looking After Ourselves With Tenderness workshop will be held in the Training and Development Room at Roma Hospital from 8.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday, October 16.
The course fee is $220.