Learn to be kinder to your­self and oth­ers

The Western Star - - News -

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.

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