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Toxic Stress in the Workplace: Impacts and What We Can Do About It

Length: Six hours

(Split into three 2-hour workshops, unless otherwise requested)

Delivery: Live in-person

In this workshop, participants will learn about the impact of prolonged (toxic) stress, compassion fatigue and burnout on the brain, the major systems of the body, and our behavior in the workplace. Participants will discuss approaches and practice techniques for self-regulation and community care. They will investigate the causes and impacts of organizational trauma responses, exploring key components of a healing-centered workplace. Participants will also explore the importance of leadership modeling of trauma-responsive practices. 

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Learning Objectives

Part 1. The Struggle is Real: The Impact of Toxic Stress on your Brain, Body, and Behavior 

Intended audience: Both leadership/management & non-leadership/management staff 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Define toxic stress, allostatic load, burnout, and compassion fatigue 
  • Understand the impacts of toxic stress on the brain and the major systems of the body 
  • Identify how toxic stress can impact our behavior with colleagues, clients, and self  

Part 2: Care and Regulation for Self and Community in the Workplace 

Intended audience: Non-leadership / non-management staff 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Identify effective practices to promote emotional self-regulation in the workplace 
  • Identify practice to build healthy connection and co-regulation with colleagues 
  • Create Self-Care Action plans to support well-being 

Part 3: Caring for Self and Staff in the Workplace 

Intended audience: Leadership/management staff 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the causes and impacted of trauma-organized systems and organizations
  • Describe the characteristics of a healing centered workplace  
  • Identify effective practices for emotional self-regulation, co-regulation and self-care in the workplace 

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Hanna Institute equips and empowers individuals and organizations with the trauma-informed tools they need to help people in their community.
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  • Coursework approved for continuing education credit for a variety of professionals.
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