NPCC Self-care Workshop March 22, 2019

Posted on February 2, 2019


Presented by NPCC in partnership with Vibrant Emotional Health

As busy nonprofit professionals facing ever-increasing demands for productivity and efficacy, it is more important than ever that we are actively engaged in our own self-care in and out of the workplace. Active engagement in self-care requires not only that we assess our personal well-being at work, but that we also implement practical and flexible strategies to support ourselves based on our assessments of what we need to take care of ourselves on a regular basis. At the same time, active engagement in self-care requires that we assess the challenges inherent in serving program participants at our agencies and develop the skills and resources to do our best work under demanding interpersonal and organizational circumstances. This full-day session will provide nonprofit professionals who work with program participants the opportunity to build their own self-care practices and expand their capacity for working optimally under stress.

Staying in Balance: Healthy Solutions to Managing Workplace Stress (Part 1)

Do you sometimes feel stressed out or overwhelmed because of the work you do? Your work can be challenging, and sometimes you may feel as though you are giving so much to others that you are neglecting your own physical, emotional, and mental health. Job stress can have far-reaching effects that when not managed can lead to burn-out, decreased productivity, physical and mental exhaustion and emotional distress. This workshop provides participants with tools to respond in healthy ways to the different levels of emotional distress that arise from the course of their day-to-day interactions. This is an opportunity for staff members of all levels to identify and discuss sources of stress in their workplace and learn healthy ways to cope with that stress.

In Part 1, participants will be able to:

1) Identify common stress reactions and how they affect work performance

2) Create a self-care assessment and plan to stay mentally, emotionally, and cognitively balanced

3) Implement stress-reducing strategies and techniques

There will be a break for lunch in between Part 1 and Part 2

Staying in Balance While Helping Others (Part 2)

Have you ever worked with a client who has yelled at you, or insulted you, or has had reacted with you in ways that you didn’t expect? Some of the work we do in our nonprofit organizations includes working with people who are working to overcome significant difficulties in their lives, and who may be distrustful of professionals based on frustrating or harmful experiences with social service systems. We often do this work under difficult circumstances of our own, with limited budgets, less than adequate resources, and high workloads. The work we do is important, and often satisfying; however, there are times when it can be challenging to maintain our mental and emotional equilibrium in the face of the distress of others. How to we provide our best quality services and maintain quality personal lives, while simultaneously balancing our own responses to external and internal stressors?

In Part 2, participants will be able to:

1) Identify the typical challenges of working with people undergoing major life stresses

2) Apply the principles of good “customer service” under stressful working conditions

3) Practice de-escalation techniques in order to allow collaborative work to continue

4) Assist those who may be in need of connection to professional mental health services and supports

Please Note: This meeting is open to current NPCC nonprofit members and non-member organizations, and may be limited to ONE person per organization due to space constraints.

If your organization is not a current nonprofit member of NPCC, visit our website for more information on joining.

Refund policy: Registrants who cancel their registration on or before 1 week will receive a full refund. Those who cancel on or before DAY PRIOR will receive a 50% refund. No refund will be made for cancellations made on or after DAY OF. All cancellations must be submitted in writing.

Date And Time

Fri, March 22, 2019
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST
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