Trauma-Informed SoulCare

The Ethics of Trauma-Informed SoulCare for Burnout Prevention

(Facilitator: Bethany Dearborn Hiser, MSW 

Director of SoulCare for NWFL 

Continuing Education Credit: 1-Ethics CE Hour according to ACA & NBCC.

Holistic Trauma-Informed Soul Care is: a practice of tending to one’s whole self that is grounded in our core identity in order to be resilient, thrive, and love others as we love ourselves. It involves knowing who we are, how we are impacted by secondary trauma, and journeying towards recovery and healing. 

Taking care of ourselves is not optional, it’s essential when working with people who’ve experienced trauma. 

Soul care is for all people not just those who feel weak or are spiritual. Understanding our barriers to care and the effects of secondary trauma effects can increase our compassion for ourselves, our self-awareness of how we are being impacted, and propel us into more sustainable practices. Developing rhythms of rest and renewal can nurture and guide us. 

Workshops integrate discussion questions, grounding activities, trauma research, recovery tools, contemplative practices and other spiritual disciplines. They seek to improve the overall well-being of individuals, enhance organizational culture, and improve sustainability and effectiveness in work. 

1-Hour Workshop Series (stand-alone sessions):

  1. Ethics of Trauma-Informed Soul Care for Burnout Prevention 
  2. Understanding Secondary Trauma & Codependency in the Workplace
  3. Affects of Inner Beliefs on Taking Care of Ourselves
  4. Creating Rhythms of Rest & Renewal
  5. Knowing Ourselves: Unpacking Our Motivations and Needs
  6. Moving from Shame to Self-Empathy

About the Facilitator:

Bethany Hiser holds a Master’s in Social work and is the Director of SoulCare for Northwest Family Life. She leads trauma-informed soulcare workshops internationally, mentors helping professionals, and writes a SoulCare newsletter. 

As a social worker and pastoral advocate, she has worked in a variety of ministry and social service settings for over 14 years with people affected by addiction, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, incarceration, and immigration. 

The material stems from her journey towards recovery and healing after tasting burnout and realizing the toll of secondary trauma. It is a journey towards living out of being beloved instead of identity in what we do, towards contemplation and grace, instead of desperation to make a difference, and towards caring for ourselves as we care for others.

Participant Feedback:

“You offered us a short yet powerful practice of self-care in our time together. I put some of your suggestions to practice this morning and feel well balanced already.”

“I thought it was a wonderful webinar!”

“Your presence shines and you are well suited for soulcare!”

“Participants have shared that they entered the workshop feeling: anxious, overwhelmed, nearing burnout, stressed, and disconnected. At the end of the workshop, the same participants said they felt: motivated, hopeful, affirmed, grateful, transformed, and with increased awareness!”

Northwest Family Life is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. 1 CEs earned. NBCC #6300.

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