Who Heals the Healer? The Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health


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Join us for a workshop to cultivate emotional well-being in caretakers. This course is designed to be a sanctuary for anyone who has been on the front lines providing mental health care during the pandemic. We will explore the impact of COVID-19 on ourselves as helpers, examine current research, experiment with strategies to nurture the healer within and build our resilience while also connecting with each other. Please be prepared to engage in a variety of relaxation practices throughout this workshop. No prior yoga or meditation experience is required.


Learning objectives

At the end of day one, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze concepts of the wounded healer and compassion fatigue
  2. Describe research and strategies that increase well being
  3. Apply the science of yoga to cultivate emotional resilience

At the end of day two, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss and utilize evidence-based Mindfulness strategies
  2. Identify and utilize key aspects of self-compassion practices
  3. Design a self-care plan you can integrate into daily life


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Overview: Extra Information

Course modalities

  • Lecture with PowerPoint
  • Video clips
  • Large and small group discussion

Course Outline

Course Agenda

Day 1

  1. Explore the unique impact of COVID 19 on mental health providers.
    • Share stories from the frontlines: what did effective helping look like this year?
    • What does the science say about telehealth and therapeutic alliances?
    • Explore concepts of the “wounded healer” and compassion fatigue
  2. Examine the impact of the ongoing pandemic on clinical practice (1 hour)
    • Explore chronic and acute anxiety from an Interpersonal Neurobiological perspective
    • Identify best practices to decrease anxiety in and out of session
    • Explore strategies to build up protective factors
  3. Explore current Research and participate in a Yoga experience
    • Explore current research on yoga practice in healers
    • Participate in a yoga experience designed to balance the nervous system

Day 2

  1. Explore Research and practice of Self compassion practice
    • Define the components of self-compassion
    • Complete an evidence-based self-compassion assessment scale
    • Participate in a self-compassion exercise
  2. Explore current research and practices of Meditation/mindfulness
    • Explore research on MBSR, RAIN and window of tolerance
    • Participate in some mindfulness practices — body scan and wheel of awareness
  3. Identify personal Nurturing strategies you can implement daily
    • Examine research on cultivating Resilience and well-being
    • Build community with fellow helpers through small group discussions and exercises

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 6
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .6
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 6
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Licensed Professional Counselors 6

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Meghan Wilhelmi at meghan.wilhelmi@wisc.edu or 608-263-2829

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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