Interior Health MHSU is proud to present: Vikki Reynolds.
Vikki Reynolds: PhD RCC, is an activist/therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work.
Resisting Burnout With Collective Care: Workers responding to people struggling with substance use, poverty, violence and oppression are often told that they will ‘burn out’, and that it is the connection to the client’s pain that ‘traumatizes’ them; that is one perspective. Vikki offers another; she believes that clients do not harm us, nor does their suffering; it is the spiritual ethical pain that follows when we are unable to work in ways that are ethical, dignified and structurally supported. When we stay with connection, resist disconnection and enmeshment we are able to do ‘collective care’ as opposed to self-care. We shoulder each other up by working in line with our collective ethics and enacting what is at the heart of our work. Bringing hope is an ethical response to despair, and we’ll consider how to keep a finger-hold on a believe-in-hope amidst the darkness of tragic death and mean-spirited politics. And that leads us to the ‘Zone of Fabulousness’, where the people we are here to serve are at the centre, and we are ‘walking our talk’ collectively.
This workshop is for front-line workers in the social services, health, and justice system sectors; first-responders; victim services, social workers; counsellors; clinicians; outreach workers; family and youth workers.
Location: Kamloops Alliance Church; 200 Leigh Rd, Kamloops, BC; Ministry Room
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 (gathering time); 9:30am- 4:00pm
*Participants are responsible for their own lunches
Tickets are free and are available at Interior Health MHSU (#200- 235 Lansdowne Street; Second Floor)
This workshop is being offered on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation.