Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
Live webinar, October 29, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST
Finding it harder to practice self-care after years in the field? Not feeling “yourself” at work or at home? You may be experiencing vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue. These are common occurrences among clinicians, medical professionals, direct service workers, direct responders, educators, and advocates.
This half-day training will take an in-depth look at compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, burnout, and resourcing. Participants will learn to recognize possible signs and contributing factors through an intersectional lens. They will acquire resiliency-based strategies to address each of them along with debriefing techniques that minimize impact on the listener.
After reviewing information on standard contributing factors to vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, participants will discuss how working conditions have changed throughout the pandemic, to increase risk factors for clinician mental health. Resourcing practices will be tailored to include polyvagal and tapping practices. These practices address the heightened stress in direct service setting and in the online culture of service delivery.
About the Facilitator:
Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW is the Director of Integrative Counselling Resources, a private practice organization that offers psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and consultation services to individuals and agencies across Ontario. They have an extensive background in community-based organizations, where she worked as a therapist and social worker with vulnerable populations where trauma and substance use are experienced. Bo Yih was a part-time professor in the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor Advocate Program at George Brown College, and a course facilitator with the Harm Reduction Certificate Program at York University.
Bo Yih is a specialist in intersectionality, especially as it relates to surviving trauma and grief. She works from a strengths-based perspective that can integrate short and long term counselling modalities with anti-oppression and racial liberation frameworks, harm reduction, and mindfulness.