Edmonton – PRE Conference Training

October 11, 2017

Building Resilient Teams | WTF

Building Resilient Teams: Organizational Health in Trauma-Exposed Environments

Dr. Pat Fisher

Led by: Dr. Patricia Fisher, R.Psych., L.Psych. 


Serving: Two Coffee Breaks with Refreshments and Lunch

1-day training program for Supervisors and Managers:

Trauma-exposed work creates a unique climate with increased risk for serious stress and burnout and can lead to a rise in sick time, low morale, lack of team cohesion and high turnover. These consequences can, in turn, seriously limit a team’s ability to work effectively and efficiently.

As leaders, the managers and supervisors of these teams can play an essential role in mitigating the effects of stress and increase the resilience of their staff. This program supports managers and supervisors to be effective leaders and to build strong, resilient and productive teams by:

  • Introducing and apply the Organizational Health Model
  • Explore the vital role of supervisors and managers in Organizational Health
  • Discuss the risk and resiliency factors driving your Organizational Health profile
  • Understanding the unique properties of trauma-exposed work and the critical need to enhance individual and team resiliency
  • Applying the Complex Stress Model of Workplace Stress which includes both the system-based stresses and traumatic stresses (direct trauma and vicarious trauma).
  • Recognizing the impact of chronic stress on individuals, teams and organizations.
  • Defining the ecology of your workplace and prioritizing your current needs
  • Identifying the three key functions of a supervision and mentoring program
  • Reviewing our unique toolkit for leaders in trauma-exposed work

Each participant will receive:

  • A copy of the workshop resource booklet containing the overheads and a comprehensive suite of reusable assessment tools
  • A copy of: Building Resilient Teams: Facilitating Workplace Wellness & Organizational Health in Trauma-Exposed Environments

Cost is $275 CAD (+Tax)

WTF: Strategies to Keep Helping Professionals Grounded and Centered

Diana Tikasz

Led by: Diana Tikasz, TEND Associate

Course Description:

The pace, content, and competing demands of the modern workplace has left many of us operating in constant stress overdrive.  Frequently this elevated stress state is challenged further with added pressures or trauma exposure.   Eventually we can find ourselves shutting down and numbing out because our bodies are not built to function in this high energy state for extended periods of time.   As a result we see many negative physical, emotional, behavioural and relational consequences personally and in the workplace.

The growing amount of research in the area neuroscience is exceedingly helpful in assisting us to understand what is happening as chronic stress and trauma exposure unbalances our well being.  Equipped with this research information we are able to learn how to reset our bodies to our natural healthy state.  This is essential, not only to our own well being, but it increases our effectiveness with clients and promotes a healthier workplace.

Based on neuroscience and trauma theory participants will learn:

  • how the experience of ongoing stress, crisis and trauma exposure impacts us and our colleagues
  • the WTF Model for self-monitoring
  • how we can quickly recover our equilibrium and reset our bodies during moments of high stress
  • helping our colleagues during moments of high trauma/high stress
  • resiliency and its psychological components—widening our windows
  • numerous tools to foster our resilience that enhance our sense of personal strength, purpose and joy
  • strategies to utilize before, during and after trauma exposure
  • time to reflect, discuss, practise and commit to developing a personalized plan

This workshop is based on learning practical skills and will provide a handout outlining the various tools presented.

Cost is $275 CAD (+Tax)