CARE4YOU Conference 2021

A free conference for helping professionals who give of themselves, care for, and protect others.

Cost: Free

Date: Recorded Sessions available during July 2021

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For 11 years, the CARE4YOU Conference has focused on engaging, inspiring and refuelling helping professionals who work in high-stress and trauma-exposed environments.

On Friday, June 25th, 2021 we hosted our 2021 conference. All of the sessions were recorded and can be accessed at no cost during the month of July.

We decided to host this year free for all of the helping professionals who give of themselves, care for, and protect others. Thank you for the work that you do.

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Conference Agenda

How Are You Doing? Caring for Ourselves and Each Other During Unsettled Times

Presented by Françoise Mathieu, M. Ed., RP

June 25th 2021 marks the 471st day of the WHO declaring a global coronavirus pandemic. Four hundred and seventy-one days of constantly changing protocols and public health recommendations, increased pressures on our systems and on our personal lives, all of this overlaid with a very complex time in North American society. At TEND, we have had the privilege of working with thousands of helping professionals during the past year as we navigated this pandemic together and sometimes apart. In this session, Françoise Mathieu will explore lessons learned, what’s ahead and how we can continue to care for ourselves as the pandemic recedes.

Less Time, More Work: How Three Professionals Re-evaluated “Wellness Strategies” During the Pandemic

Presented by Diana Tikasz, MSW, RSW, Dr. Jennifer Russel, Psychiatrist and Françoise Mathieu, M. Ed., RP

As we move into the “next normal” of the pandemic, many people are describing an accumulation of intense emotional and physical exhaustion. Recent surveys of the impact of the past year on individuals suggests that this wear and tear is directly related to the increase in the volume and complexity of our work as well as a result of having had to juggle constantly changing pandemic restrictions, family and intense work pressures. In addition, it is important to note that although many of us work for compassionate leaders, some of us do not. Where does this leave us now?

In this session, three professionals will talk about how the pressures of the past 400+ days forced them to reevaluate how they stay “well”. Come join them to hear how each of them is learning to incorporate microskills into their personal and professional lives.

Caring for Ourselves: Understanding Meaning and Grief

Presented by David Kessler, bestselling Author and creator of & Denise Jablonski-Kaye, PhD., Police Psychologist, LAPD

Grief has many faces in a pandemic, understanding grief is important in learning to care for ourselves. In this session, bestselling author of 6 books including Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, David Kessler will talk about the many faces of grief in a pandemic. He will explore the importance of understanding and processing grief. Denise Jablonski-Kaye will then offer her expertise for helping professionals looking for ways to address the cumulative grief or “grief overload” that you are experiencing as a result of the pandemic.

Race and Culture Have Everything to Do with It: Intersections of Secondary Traumatic Stress with Racism, Historical Trauma, and other Systems of Oppression

Presented by Sandra Chase, MSW, ACSW, Alison Hendricks, MSW, LCSW, and Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW, MS.Ed., CES, IECMH-E,

Many providers working in helping professions are experiencing high levels of stress, in response to work-related trauma exposure, dealing with multiple pandemics, ethno-racial trauma, and other personal and/or community stressors. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are often exposed to additional stressors related to racism, discrimination, and bearing witness to racial and ethnic disparities in communities and disproportionality in service systems. This workshop will explore how secondary traumatic stress (STS) intersects with culture, racism, historical trauma, and other systems of oppression and will suggest strategies at the individual, supervisory, and organizational levels to address STS and these intersectionalities.

Now What? A Conversation about Moving into the “Next Normal”

Presented by Françoise Mathieu, M. Ed., RP

Over the last 400+ days, most of us created new habits and survival tactics. Many of us will soon be able to change gears and gradually shift out of the rhythm and habits of pandemic life. What should we be looking at adjusting? What new habits will we keep? Join Françoise in a conversation about exploring the next phase of “normal”.


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