How good are you at taking care of yourself? Without good self-care practices, work-related stress can cross over into our personal lives and personal-stress can leak into our workplace. 

So what can you do about it? 

Dr Wendy McIntosh has over 30 years' experience as a clinician, researcher educator and psychiatric nurse. In this series of webinars she addresses a wide variety of issues that can arise in the professional-client relationship and leads us to reflect on self-care techniques for the professional. Read on for some highlights: 

Transference & Counter Transference - Learning From the 'Aha!' Moments

Transference occurs when an individual transfers (projects) their unmeet needs, wishes and expectation from their past  onto a current relationship with a professional. The counter transference occurs when the professional transfers (projects) their emotions (unmet expectation etc) onto the client.

Many “aha” moments can occur when one tunes into the verbal and non verbal responses they have towards a client. Working with clients over a period of time may create dynamics that are not always obvious to the professional.

Lisa, (Interpreter) said "Thoroughly enjoyed my second webinar. Wendy taught me so much about my professional practice and myself. Thank you” 

Advancing the Work of Personal reflection - Looking After Your Limbic System

Are we at risk of suffering from compassion fatigue? How do we deal with day-to-day stress at work?

The brain’s limbic system involves our motivation, emotion, learning and memory.  In this webinar Dr McIntosh guides us through the limbic system and explores how it can aid our wellbeing at work.  This webinar is suitable for professionals of various disciplines working with Deaf people.

After watching this webinar one of our learners said: This is something that has made me sit up and take note.”

Vicarious Trauma - Avoid Reliving Your Clients' Experience

Vicarious trauma, also referred to as compassion fatigue or secondary traumatization (Figley, 1995), is the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. 

Vicarious trauma differs from burn-out, but can co-exist. Vicarious trauma can occur due to exposure on one case or can be due to a “cumulative” level of trauma. This webinar will discuss vicarious trauma, further explore why it happens and strategies to avoid or minimise it.

“Have just watched this webinar. Totally blown away by it. Gave me lots of food for thought”. – Judith