Do you work at an organization where the staff faces high levels of burnout and compassion fatigue?

If so, I’d love to talk.

I’m in the throes of writing my capstone for my master’s degree. One big piece I’m focusing on is designing a group program to support healing professionals who are burnt out or who are at high risk of burning out.

My guiding question — “How might we transition to a new way of doing our work that is emotionally, mentally, and spiritually sustainable?”

As someone who loves to teach and create curriculum, I’ve thought about which pieces I’d weave into workshops and what skills I’d want participants to develop.

As I sit with the question, though, what keeps arising is the importance of having a safe space to talk about challenges.

Even more important than receiving advice from a so-called expert is having a circle in which folks can be heard and hear from their colleagues, where they can give and receive support.

As part of my studies, I recently read a paradigm-shifting book called Community, the Structure of Belonging by Peter Block. I highly recommend Block’s book if you’re working to build a sense of belonging in your service or organizing work. I wrote an article about the book for my professor, Beth Tener’s blog, called Six Conversations that Inspire Change.

In his book, Block explores the six elements of a conversation that he says lead to lasting change— invitation, possibility, ownership, dissent, commitment, and gifts. I’m weaving these as design elements into the program I’m crafting to support healing professionals.

Again, I encourage you to read Block’s book. And, if you’re looking for ways to help your staff cultivate resilience in the face of trauma and oppression, I’d love to talk more! Please feel free to leave a comment below or reach out through my contact page. Thank you!


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