Being relentlessly confronted with the suffering of people, animals or ecosystems, in a context of uncertainty, volatility and things getting worse, can often feel like the cards are stacked against us. Pouring our care and passion into our work can compromise our sanity and health. Keeping our feelings out of the job, on the other hand, we easily tip over into numbness, cynicism, losing sight of the point of it all.
This session tackles a widespread misunderstanding about the role of empathy in this work, and gives you a deeper understanding of the impact working with distressing realities has on your health and wellbeing. By understanding the neuroscience of compassion fatigue, empathic distress and their relatives, you’ll learn how it is possible to stay deeply engage and motivated in your work without numbing your feelings or depleting yourself.
- Understand the symptoms of empathic distress, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, and why these occur.
- Learn about tried and tested alternatives to the common dilemma between shut-down and break-down.
- Learn a simple practice to help them better navigate the emotional impact of their work. Gain inspiration and motivation, including through the connection with a group of people in the same boat.
Bird delivers resilience coaching and webinars to those working in any kind of supportive organisation, helping teams and individuals to build resilience, prioritise self-care, and feel energised and empowered in all that they do. We believe self-care is a priority not a luxury, and that we can only work sustainably if we have the space and support to self-reflect and take care of ourselves and each other in the workplace.
This session will be led by Agnes Otzelberger, facilitator at Bird.