Reflection is a style of thinking, something we do naturally. However, it can become more challenging when we are “fire-fighting”, dealing with crisis or emotional exhaustion. We react, do things the way we have always done them. By setting aside specific time, on a regular basis, we give ourselves permission to think more deeply about the things which frustrate or motivate us, to process the emotional impact of our work.
"Teams who regularly meet to reflect on their practice are more effective than those who do not. Furthermore, literature indicates that effective teams achieve better outcomes for their client group” West & Markiewicz 2004
If you're thinking about introducing group reflective practice this presentation may help kick start your discussions. Just drop us a line for your free copy. (Sample below)
Emotional First Aid
Wonderful Guy Winch reminds us that looking after our emotional health is just as important as our physical well-being.
More strategies for looking after you.
Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experience
This short video describes the impact of trauma, and the 5 principles of trauma informed care:
Contains descriptions of trauma
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refer to traumatic events or circumstances which happen in childhood. This video tells the story of a young boys experience and how it doesn't have to be that way.
Starts with sound of adults arguing
Nadine Burke Harris is my modern day hero. Dedicating her life to preventing ACEs and challenging Trump when he recently separated child asylum seekers from their parents. In this video she describes how toxic stress impacts on our brain and body.
Vicky Kelly is a psychotherapist who describes how experiencing trauma in childhood is profoundly different from experiencing it as an adult.
I found this video inspiring and hopeful. Jaz Ampaw-Farr shares her story of adversity to "The Apprentice."
Powerful thinking for developing resilience:
Bad things happen
Focus on what you can change,
Find things to be grateful for, even in adversity
Toolkits and Factsheets
Free Online Course - Alberta Family Wellness Initiative - Brain Story
How the brain develops in childhood has an undeniable impact on future behaviour, physical and mental health. This free certified course explains how coaching and role modelling is vital for children aged 3-5 and that we have another key opportunity to make an impact between the ages of 15-25/30.
If you work with young people or you're interested in learning more about how the brain works, the impact of ACEs and how services and systems can best respond, then this course is for you.