Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Location: OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900 (NE corner of Bloor & Avenue Road)
Time: 7:30-9:30 PM – Please arrive early so that we can start on time.
Cost: No charge, courtesy of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health
Please RSVP by phone to: 416-229-2399, ext 125 ( Ada or Anna), or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room to Hurt, Room to Rejoice: Facing and Embracing the Ways Clinical Practice Affects Us.
The Twenty-Fifth Presentation of Caring for Self While Caring for Others Series
Facilitators: Harry Zeit MDPAC(C) and Irina Dumitrache CYT
We start our careers aware that we will be affected along the way. For the most part, this awareness remains just outside of consciousness, while we face the challenges and strains of our careers. Very few of us imagine the depth and degree and complex nature of this process.
We are given the gift of treating those in need and in pain. And along the way, we will be fortunate to work with others who share our calling, some of whom will impart wisdom and guidance.
We will also be challenged. Our careers will span into time and we will be called upon to perform repeatedly in our high-performance culture. Most times our skills will be available to support us, but there will be times when they are tested or even when they prove to be inadequate.
We will also face loss. We will watch communities of care rise and fall around us, and there will be times for many of us where we leave cities or change practices. Many of us will be involved long-term in the care of our patients. Some will get better, others will die. There will be times when we grieve those losses, sometimes easily and other times incompletely.
There will also be deeper offences: betrayal, injustice and the steady creep and onslaught of bureaucratic intrusion. Along the way, we may find ourselves facing cynicism, anger, numbness or loss of passion. At points we will question our choices.
Let’s join and review our triumphs and tests, making sense of our present circumstances and illuminating the way ahead.
- Explore Key Concepts in the Fields of Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth
- Reflect on Some Ways that You Have Changed Over Time Because of the Work You Do
- Engage in a somatic exercise for calming the body and nervous system, prior to accessing clarity and creativity.
- Review and Practice Reflective Journaling
For inquiries only about the Caring for Self series, contact Dr. Harry Zeit at email@example.com.