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Refuge and Resilience: Coping with the trauma of coronavirus


April 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Refuge and Resilience: Coping with the trauma of coronavirus is a free webinar to support anyone in health professions to learn about trauma-stewardship for self and for others.

These are unprecedented times for all of us, but uniquely challenging for those who are in caregiving professions or caregiving roles. Whether you are currently working in caring professions or may be called to support others, we introduce the tools from our work in Mindfulness & Trauma-Informed Care, including Trauma-informed mindfulness practices and restorative, in-the-moment, practices to calm our overactive stress response systems.

Before this pandemic, we at WisdomWay Institute were addressing the epidemic of burnout in health care professionals. It is heartbreaking to see the consequences when providers are not well supported, especially in this extraordinary time. We’re offering this free webinar and a Refuge & Resilience digital toolkit to support those who are extending their courageous and compassionate hearts to be available for others.

In this 90 minute webinar, Karen Laing, the Founder of WisdomWay Institute, and Melinda Marasch, a social worker who teaches front-line workers, correction officers, mental health providers and policymakers about trauma, will provide you with tools to understand and to work with:

  • Emotional Saturation – Understanding our minds and behaviors when we hit capacity
  • Conceptualizing Trauma – Research shows that naming what is happening in trauma victims helps to prevent long term impacts. We’ll provide participants with an understanding of how trauma happens, and how we build resilience and coping.
  • Resourcing and regulation – Even in the thick of high pressure, there are ways to cultivate ‘resourcing’ – a shoring up and stabilizing of our autonomic nervous system and to support the emotional and attentional regulation. Consider resourcing and regulation as our inner reserve system, reserves we need more than ever to get through these extreme conditions.


April 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm