Being on the frontline of helping those experiencing trauma is heavy work that can lead to secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, tertiary trauma, and compassion fatigue. Burnout is another element producing symptoms of low morale, fatigue, lack of clarity, feeling unsupported and unresourceful, and even leading to physical ailments like headaches, backaches, sinus problems, digestions issues, etc.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has established burnout as a global crisis calling it an “occupational phenomenon” but not a medical condition. Burnout is often associated (but not excluded) with workers outside of the counseling and clinical therapies but is also considered a derivative of secondary traumatic stress. Secondary trauma is developed by those working directly with trauma victims as well as vicarious trauma (VT), although VT includes disruptions with dependency, trust, safety, power, esteem, and intimacy.
The form of dialogue used in this workshop is different than commonly utilized by most groups, organizations and institutions. David Bohm, physicist and philosopher of the limits of thought, understood dialogue as dia, meaning "moving through" and logos as "word." Thus, dialogue in our sense is understanding meaning through the expression of our presuppositions, desires, and ideologies. The purpose of each group is to come to observe change, individually and collectively, through careful attention, suspension, and observation of our thoughts and those of others in the room.
What was incoherent (irrational thought - i.e. emotion) can become coherent without necessarily having to agree, conform or accept others positions. Change ensues, then, without having a particular goal in mind but with an intent to be insightful and understanding. What researchers call entrainment - a synchronization of oscillatory systems (like thoughts in the individual and collective mind) - is a part of coherence and begins with each individual then within the collective as meaning is shared amongst the group.
Each group will be limited to 40 people. Research has shown that groups between 20 and 40 peoples allows for optimal dialogue.
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