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Healing the Healer: Designing Creative Self-Care Plans for Work-Life Balance

22 Mar 2019
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Healing the Healer: Designing Creative Self-Care Plans for Work-Life Balance

This experiential session uses Intentional Creativity©–which includes art, journaling and mindfulness practices—to give social work professionals personalized self-care tools to rejuvenate and heal secondary traumatic stress (STS) so they can best serve their clients while maintaining vibrant health. Art is used as a catalyst for healing, since the hands-on creation of art has been shown to reduce stress, increase self-reflection and self-awareness, and build stronger resilience – all of which play a key role in life transformation and health.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will utilize creativity, mindfulness & journaling practices to support rejuvenation & address any secondary traumatic stress symptoms on cognitive, emotional, and nervous system levels.

  • Participants will use a self-care assessment tool and design self-care plans using a creative mindfulness practice to support psychological, physical, spiritual and emotional health to enhance work-life resilience.

  • Participants will use a goal setting process to follow through with identified strategies to maintain self-care.

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