The Price We Pay for Caring: Stress and Anxiety Management for Social Workers, Teachers, and Early Interventionists

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Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Course #: W939

Time: 9 a.m. - Noon

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $90.00

Credit Available: CEUs; Social Work CEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 3.0 - Working with Families


Compassion fatigue impacts our work, our relationships, and our health and well-being. Workplace stress and burnout, already an acute problem, can leave dedicated service providers especially vulnerable to the adverse effects from the stress of caring for those with trauma and ongoing toxic stressors. However, recognition, modification, and mitigation of the contributory factors provide an unprecedented opportunity to heal ourselves and redesign a “healthier” and more effective healthcare culture.

Participants, including social workers, educators, administrators, and community service providers, will be invited to reflect on the bio-developmental framework of stress, explore the differences among various on our work, our attitudes, our health and well-being, and brain development. This information enables participants to connect the dots between how we work with and coach those we serve, their families, and their communities. In addition, participants will discuss the risk and protective factors and the impact of systemic factors related to stress and explore strategies and recommendations to eliminate or at least alleviate stress. Participants will have the opportunity to use a confidential self-care inventory to measure compassion fatigue potential and to investigate options for stress management.


Juanona Brewster

Juanona Brewster, M.Div., MTS, Senior Director of Child Development Initiatives for Illinois Chapter, AAP, holds advanced degrees from Loyola University School of Law, and both a masters of divinity and a masters of theological studies from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. Brewster has also held fellowships with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Illinois, Chicago, School of Public Health. Currently, she is a candidate for coaching certification. Brewster combines the science of brain development with her knowledge and work in coaching and pastoral care to create opportunities with participants to explore their strengths and tap into them to support the work they do.

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