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Restorative Self-Care for Sustainable Practice: March 2024


Monday, March 04, 2024 - Wednesday, March 06, 2024

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Online via Zoom  

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Self-care can help prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, but not all forms of "self-care" are restorative and helpful. 

In fact, sometimes the responsibility of self-care can become an additional burden in difficult times. It can lead us to choose performative activities that don't address the harmful stress we're experiencing and become one more thing we have to do.

Is it an act of self-care to get up off the couch and go for a walk, or to find a blanket and stay on the couch? Either of these actions could be self-care, so how do we know which would be most restorative for us on any given day? Is self-care always an activity? We might book a massage, and then feel stress driving in traffic, finding parking, and sitting in the waiting room, when it may have been more restorative for us to stay home and take a nap or call a friend.  
In this workshop, participants will learn how to personalize self-care practices, and to distinguish between restorative and performative self-care. We'll learn to identify 'stress cycles' in our personal and professional lives, and examine the link between these cycles and burnout.  With reference to self-compassion and boundary practice, we'll do a deep dive into the real work of caring for ourselves when our job is to care for others. 

Workshop Highlights

  • Identifying and understanding restorative self-care, burnout and the stress cycle
  • Assessing our current self-care across various dimensions of health
  • Supporting yourself and others in sustainable practice
  • Practice examples and scenarios

Dates and times

Monday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

About the Facilitator 

Jodie McDonald is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, working in crisis and suicide intervention, family support, and mental health. She has an MSW specializing in Community Development and is particularly interested in the impact of frontline human service work on the worker, the traits and experiences that draw workers to this field, and how to best support these valuable people in their essential work. Jodie teaches in the Studies in Women and Gender Department at Vancouver Island University, and is also an Integrative Body Psychotherapist in private practice.


The cost of this workshop is per person,.

This workshop will take place via Zoom. Participants will be emailed the login information.

Please note that this training is not guaranteed to run. We need a minimum number of people enrolled in order to be able to run it.