Managing Intense Stress

Every day this week, we are sharing with you some highlights of the upcoming Compassion Fatigue Care4You Conference June 3-4th, 2014

Plenary Session: Managing Intense Stress

Sometimes life can be intensely stressful. Managing it all can be very hard, and yet some people just seem to keep it all together.  Ever wondered how they do it?  These three experts want to teach you some of the ways to hold your ground, even when life, work and family are at their most demanding. Come and hear three perspectives on managing difficult times while connecting with hope and gratitude.

Taking Care of Business:  Understanding how the past impacts the present

Vic Unruh, therapist and consultant 

HeartStories Unlimited, Winnipeg

Vic Unruh is a private practice therapist working primarily with families who are engaged with child protection agencies. Vic has worked with children, parents and families struggling with separation, reunification and prevention. He has also been a workshop facilitator with several family resource centres, schools, child protection agencies and conferences on a variety of topics focusing on family preservation.

Irest: A tool for managing extreme trauma and stress

Bill McLaughlin, clinical psychotherapist

Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy & Neurofeedback

Integrative restoration (Irest) is a simple but powerful guided meditation developed from a three thousand year old yoga practice. Irest was developed by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Richard Miller in conjunction with the U.S. Military to address the negative impacts on the human body and mind from intense stress. Since its development, research has shown demonstrated success with people who suffer PTSD, anxiety, depression and with specific populations. Students, sufferers of chronic pain, people who are homeless and corporate executives have all demonstrated improved well-being and reduced indicators of stress with the practice of iRest.

Bill McLaughlin is a Clinical Psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. Bill has been in private practice for six years providing services to Veterans, active duty military, and law enforcement professionals. Bill is also a Professor at St Lawrence College where he teaches an on-line course he developed on traumatic stress. Bill is an accomplished researcher and considered one of the most knowledgeable clinicians in the area of the assessment, treatment, and recovery from traumatic stress.

Changing the Focus: Embracing gratitude


Cathy Mosole, counselor & chaplaincy

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Cathy Mosole has worked in the Domestic Violence, Child Welfare, Children’s Mental Health, Policing Fields, and for the past 10 years in the Education Field.

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3 Responses to Managing Intense Stress

  1. Françoise says:

    Dear Maryanne, sorry you can’t join us. There is some good literature on stress management in the health care field. I would suggest starting with my book, which you can purchase at amazon: The Compassion Fatigue Workbook, which provides strategies and resources for individuals. In terms of research, Dr Tait Shanafelt has done some excellent research on burnout in the helping professions. He is based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. In nursing, there is quite a bit of research in various specialisations (oncology, palliative care) but off the top of my head I can’t think of a book on strategies that is specific to the nursing profession. If another reader can think of some, can you share with us? For anyone doing trauma related work, I would highly recommend Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky’s book Trauma Stewardship. If you want a workshop in Tennessee, we’d be happy to come down your way! 🙂

  2. Thanks for this good information you have shared with us. Keep up the good work!

  3. mary anne patterson says:

    I live way down South in Tennessee and cant manage the travel to Ontario – although would love to be able to attend your programs in person. Can you recommend reading, authors, etc that would give me information regarding stress management in the medical professional /nurse? Thanks.

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