Working in trauma exposed environments can easily leave us feeling unbalanced. In this workshop, Diana Tikasz will present a useful model to understand what happens to us internally as helpers throughout the course of our stressful days. The model helps us to continuously self-monitor and recognize when we are off centre. The model alerts us to the need to re-set ourselves for optimal balance and wellness. Diana will teach strategies that will help you stay grounded and re-establish equilibrium when the stress related to trauma content has knocked you off balance. She will discuss how to utilize these strategies before, during, and after exposure will be addressed.
Diana Tikasz has been committed to trauma-focused work in the health care sector for the past 20 years. She has coordinated hospital based sexual assault/domestic violence treatment programs, which involved counselling those who have been traumatized by violence, teaching other professionals how to do this work effectively while staying healthy themselves. Diana has also worked in the area of Employee Assistance Program counselling where she has specialized in working with individuals who are feeling stressed by their personal and/or work life. Her passion is to assist people in creating personal changes that promote health. Participation on numerous community and provincial committees, research projects and educational endeavors rounds out her professional interests.