Building Personal and Team Resilience
April 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Why it’s Important
Humanitarian workers are at high risk for developing chronic stress, burnout, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This tends to a be a risk that staff receive limited support to help manage, and as a result staff are suffering, and organizations are losing great people. Small changes in behaviours and attitudes can have significant impacts to psychosocial well-being, and this course will help participants identify these changes and strategies to build resilience among staff.
This workshop will be facilitated by a trainer from the Headington Institute, which provides specialized support to organizations to support the well-being of their staff.
Who It’s For
This workshop is designed for anyone working in the humanitarian sector, particularly those who have large workloads, significant responsibility for others, and close contact with the suffering of others. It will also be particularly relevant for anyone who deploys to support humanitarian responses.
What it will cover
The morning will cover personal resilience, focusing on the 7 factors of resilience that the Headington Institute has studied over 10 years and link to specific behaviours that can increase participants’ resilience in each of these 7 domains.
The afternoon will address resilience among teams. Recent research has shown that humanitarian settings are stressors in and of themselves, but what amplifies stress levels is conflict within teams and conflict within the organization that supports teams in the field. This part of the workshop will review organizational and team climate research and teach practical skills to improve team dynamics in a humanitarian response. Participants will leave with a model for analyzing team dynamics and climate during deployments so that team resilience can be maximized.