Workshops have been facilitated with Doctors Of The World for their volunteers and staff, as well as those at partner organisations since 2015. Each workshop has been primarily designed to support the wellbeing of people working with refugees, but also exploring a specific theme (vicarious trauma and self care, coping strategies, mindfulness, reflective writing, psychosomatic). These have been on a monthly basis and free to attend for people working with refugees and migrants. As part of this work we also provide support for in-house teams.
Next session: Compassion workshop at DOTW, Thursday 17th August 7-9pm Canary Wharf
This workshop forms part of the rolling program to support staff and volunteers working with refugees and migrants at Doctors Of The World and partner organisations. The impact that working with trauma can have on practitioners will be discussed, as well as some of the ways to guard from the potential negative impact of this work.
This workshop will have an emphasis on compassion focussed techniques for staff wellbeing. This session is free of charge and will be facilitated by Dr Jen Hall, Clinical Psychologist.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book yourself a place.
Below are some Relaxation Techniques for quick reference:
Butterfly hug: Self soothing, cross arms over and alternate gentle tapping of the shoulders. You can also stand behind someone and gently alternate tapping of their shoulders (with permission).
Calm place: Think of a time in a place that you felt calm, if you can’t remember one imagine one. Preferably where you are by yourself. What could you see? What can you hear? What temperature is it? Relax with your eyes closed remembering being in that place.
Breathing: When feeling tension rising you can concentrate on breathing, with counting for a longer out breath. Try breathing from the belly, in for 6 seconds and out for 8.
Open palm: If your fist is clenched open your palm, sending a signal to the body / brain that you are relaxed.
Relax the jaw: Touch the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth with your tongue, to help relax your jaw.
Tips for grounding oneself:
- Feel your feet on the floor
- Have a mint or a citrus sweet
- Sip some cold water
- Reflective / free writing
- Remember a place or time you felt calm
- Sit down and take some time to notice three things you can see, hear, and feel where you are now.
The PDF link below is an info. sheet of relaxation techniques:
Free online training materials for humanitarian work regarding stress and resilience can be found here: headington-institute.org/overview