Workshop Date & Time: TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Outreach workers, including community health workers, build and maintain trust in their communities by providing crucial outreach and enabling services where individuals live, work, and spend time. As a result, outreach workers take on many roles, which can leave them susceptible to burnout due to long work hours, often prioritizing other needs over their own, and being a witness to the traumas that their communities experience. For community-based organizations, it is important to promote and implement self-care practices within the workplace in order to recruit and retain staff, as well as foster a safe and healthy work environment that prioritizes the health and well-being of their employees.
In this session, HOP will provide an overview of self-care, including the various types of strategies that can be effective. Participants will engage in a group discussion that provides them the opportunity to share their self-care practices, and continue with a brainstorm on how organizations can develop and integrate self-care practices into the workplace. Questions to consider include: How do we shift the conversation around self-care as only an individual responsibility to one that includes the role of organizational support? How can we create an organizational culture that integrates self-care into its policies and practices?
Participants will understand and define the concept of self-care.
Participants will identify self-care practices that can be adopted individually and across an organization.
Participants will identify at least one strategy to develop and integrate self-care at the organizational level.