Our inaugural Forum series will focus on the trauma and the healing facing our field. As we enter a new season, acute trauma is now becoming more chronic trauma, and with it comes a new set of considerations.
Join us at our October Forum to discuss what healing spaces and practices can look like to sustain the energy, connection, and resilience of the afterschool field and the youth and families we work with. Each forum will feature a main speaker to frame the issues and breakout workshops to delve deeper and to share more hands-on training and activities. We hope you will join us!
What to expect? Forums are an invitation to participate in an active community dialogue on issues facing our field, and we encourage active participation through a variety of means. The opening plenary and breakout workshops will be hosted via Zoom Meetings and attendees are encouraged to turn their video on, use Chat, and when prompted unmute themselves to fully engage in the forum. Breakout sessions will be smaller, allowing for more intimate conversations and hands on activities. We will also share a co-authored Google Doc that all attendees will have access to, and encourage the sharing of resources and questions.
9:45 am – 10:00 am CHECK-IN
Log in early to set up your video and audio, and update your profile name to include your full Name, Pronoun(s), Organization Name.
10:00 am – 11:00 am PLENARY
Featuring Lorelei Atalie Vargas, the plenary will discuss the different levels of trauma experienced over the last few months. Exploring the links between individual, collective, and organizational trauma, the conversation will also include ways organizations can become more trauma responsive places of work.
The plenary will be recorded.
11:00 – 11:15 BREAK
11:15 am – 1:00 pm BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS
Workshops are first come, first served.
Workshops will not be recorded.
Breakout Workshop #1 - Vicarious Trauma and the Importance of Self Care
Featuring Dr. Deb Courtney. Explore the impacts of trauma and vicarious trauma on our minds and bodies. Conduct a self-care inventory, and learn a variety of self-care practices that you can incorporate into your daily practice including EFT, Mindfulness, Meditation, etc.
Primary Audience: This workshop is especially for front-line staff looking to understand the effects of trauma and to learn strategies and practices they can integrate into their own work and self-care practice.
SACC Topic(s): 3
Breakout Workshop #2 - Connection Circles
Facilitated by Mary Adams and Barbara DiGangi, University Settlement. Join an experiential workshop on Connection Circles, a community care model developed by University Settlement. The first part of this workshop will offer an opportunity to participate in a Connection Circle - walking through a mindfulness exercise, guided prompts and sharing of psychoeducation on stress and self-care. We’ll then talk about the purpose of a Connection Circle, review each section of the model, and share best practices. Participants will learn how to adapt and apply the model for the youth and families they work with, and/or colleagues they work alongside.
Primary Audience: This workshop is for any staff looking for tools, strategies and a structure for encouraging self-care and buffering against stress and secondary trauma.
SACC Topic(s): 3
Breakout Workshop #3 - Trauma and Resilience Informed Practice for Supervisors
Presented by April Terrell, Ramapo for Children, this workshop will explore practices supervisors can incorporate to build a healthier workplace and a more resilient staff team.
Primary Audience: This workshop is for supervisors and program directors.
SACC Topic(s): 3, 5