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Building Resiliency Through Psychological First Aid and Self-Care

Two training opportunities that can expand your capacity in addressing trauma in clients as well as vicarious trauma & burnout in yourself.


November 17, 2021

About this event

JRI is excited to share 2 training opportunities that can expand your capacity in addressing trauma in clients as well as vicarious trauma and burnout in yourself. COVID and the state of the world has increased the effects of stress and trauma on the body and it is important to have concrete tools you can use in the moment to help mitigate the impact. These topics can be approached as individual training opportunities or combined to present a holistic approach to recognizing and responding to trauma in our environments while caring for and supporting our staff.

Session #1 10:00am-12:00pm, Presenter Adam Edwards

Trauma 101 and Psychological First Aid is intended to introduce individuals to a basic understanding of the human stress response as a continuum, recognizing factors which can contribute to our trauma responses, and how that may manifest physically as well as behaviorally. Additionally, this module contains instruction in Psychological First Aid, a trauma informed response which is designed for the lay responder to help them stabilize dysregulated individuals. Individuals will receive concrete tools as well as practice opportunities to consider the practical application of this model in their own environment. During this time of COVID, it is also important to consider how we adapt and adjust our responses to be both supportive and safe for ourselves and others. 

Session #2 1:00pm-3:00pm, Presenter Deb Jackson

Vicarious Trauma and Self Care training is intended to provide individuals with concrete tools to support strong, attainable self-care practices and resiliency. People working in caregiving/helping roles often experience a lot of trauma and stress as they are providing care to others. If this is not addressed it can lead to burnout, which is one of the reasons there is a high turnover rate in the field. While systemic changes are necessary it is also critical for the worker to realize ways that they are impacted by the work and create a specific plan that addresses their self-care needs across a variety of domains. At the end of this training participants will understand why an active self-care plan is critical to sustainability in the field and will have identified things they can do for their self-care even during the pandemic.


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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.