Events

Vikki Reynolds workshops to ASO front line staff Fall 2021

The AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO) and The Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN) are excited for all ASO staff and AIDS Bureau-funded-harm reduction workers in Ontario to participate in online group training with Vikki Reynolds:

Resisting Vicarious Trauma & Burnout with Collective Care, Justice-Doing & Connection: The Zone of Fabulousness (see below for workshop description and Vikki’s bio)

This training will be coordinated by ABRPO and OHRN and complements existing work and resources available through ABRPO. It addresses some of the need workers have been raised over the years and, most recently, related to responding to COVID-19 and increasing overdose deaths in Ontario.

The training consists of two, 3-hour, online discussions held over two consecutive days. There will be 8 cohorts of up to 50 staff, consisting of a mix of agencies and staffing roles. Separate training sessions for staff and managers will also be arranged (dates to follow).

There are two cohorts to choose from (first come first served registration). Please click the date you would like to link to the registration page for that cohort:

Frontline workers | September 16 & 17 at 10am-1pm | Register Now

Frontline workers | September 20 & 21 at 10am-1pm | Register Now

If you have any questions please contact the appropriate program:

Workshop description:

Resisting Vicarious Trauma & Burnout with Collective Care, Justice-Doing & Connection: The Zone of Fabulousness

Folks working with people struggling with addiction, poverty, violence and oppression are often told that they will “burn out”. Contrary to this is a story of sustainability; how our collective work sustains us, nourishes our hope, invites us to honour the resistance and strength we witness in the people we work alongside, and allows us to work congruently with our values and ethics. This experiential workshop will address our collective ethics and practices of collective care as opposed to self-care.

Vikki will differentiate Vicarious Trauma & Burn Out from the spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice with the people we want to be useful to. We’ll look at our solidarity and ‘shouldering each other up’ in dark times immersed in mean spirited politics and neo-liberalism. Vikki will invite us to consider the transformations our work and the people we work alongside co-create. We’ll explore our relationship to a believed-in hope, and resisting charitable and patronizing self-care prescriptions to workers. We will also consider a frame for Resisting Burn out that holds clients at the centre, based on how we treat people, and resist pathologizing ourselves and other workers as mentally ill and deficient…and that’s going to bring us to The Zone of Fabulousness…

Vikki’s bio: Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website: www.vikkireynolds.ca


Leadership teams with Vikki Reynolds – September 2021

As a follow up to the sessions for front-line staff on Resisting Vicarious Trauma & Burnout with Collective Care, Justice-Doing & Connection: The Zone of Fabulousness, The AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO) and The Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN) are excited to offer Leadership Teams, atASOs and AIDS Bureau funded harm reduction programs, an opportunity to participate in online group sessions with Vikki Reynolds:

Leadership Teams Solidarity Sessions: Zone of Fabulousness – Resisting Burnout & Shouldering each other up

(Please see below for a description and Vikki’s bio)

These sessions complement existing work and resources available through ABRPO, and address some of the needs leadership teams have raised over the years and, most recently, related to responding to COVID-19 and increasing overdose deaths in Ontario.

The session consist of two, 2-hour, online discussions held over two consecutive days. The session will have up to 12 participants.

Managers | September 22 & 23 at 10am-12pm | Register Now

If you have any questions please contact Kim Trenchard, Program Coordinator, OHRN (ktrenchard@ohrn.org) or Thomas Egdorf, Director, ABRPO (tegdorf@abrpo.org).

A Message from Vikki:

Greetings EDs & Leadership Teams

I’m working to prepare the frame for our Leadership Teams Solidarity Sessions. My plan is to provide a frame for the work in our first Session and engage in more dialogue in the second.

Working to create an intentional space for dialogue, consider your connection to provocations and questions around these themes:

As preparation for our Zoom session I’m inviting us to be intentional and consider how we want to participate and witness each other in the work. I’m inviting folks to bring focused attention to our time on Zoom:

Resources (videos, articles, chapters) are available on my website for free: www.vikkireynolds.ca

Specifically the Handbook : Zone of fabulousness: Resisting Burnout & Shouldering each other up

https://vikkireynoldsdotca.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/zof_booklet-printable.pdf

Some Leadership folks have also found an article on supervision useful:

https://vikkireynoldsdotca.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2014reynoldscentering-ethics-in-group-supervision.pdf

I’m excited for our connections and being of use to each other   

in solidarity

vikki

Vikki’s bio:

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website: www.vikkireynolds.ca  


Casey House – HIV & Mental Health Symposium


A Collaborative Symposium – in partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto General Hospital & the Ontario HIV Treatment Network
Save the Date – Thursday September 23, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


This educational series has been developed for health care and support service providers
caring for and working with people living with, at risk for and affected by HIV.

Interested in lessons learned from successful relationships between clinical and
community settings? Please join us to explore potential communities of care and
mental health resources.
– System Navigation – Indigenous Patient Navigator
Leonard Benoit, Toronto Regional Cancer Program
– More than just a voice – The impact of people with lived & living experience
Clem Fong, The Dr. Peter Centre & Matt Bonn, CAPUD
– Clinical & community collaboration – A Mental Health Clinical Fellowship
Deanna Chaukos, Mt. Sinai & Celeste Bilbao-Joseph, Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples
– The Mental Health Network – Service providers sharing resources & strategies
Brendan McLarty, UHN, Melissa Egan, REALIZE, Daniella Leacock, Black CAP
& Katherine Martin, OHTN
– Working towards holistic health – Casey House
Elise Hall, Kendall Doucette, Casey Schapel & Inter-professional Staff at Casey House
-The OHTN HIVe: Introducing an online education portal for sharing resources – Diana Campbell, OHTN

Register at registration@caseyhouse.ca


Unconscious Bias, Employing Radical Empathy Workshop with Casey House

Wednesday September 29, 2021
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET


This educational event has been developed for health care and support service providers
caring for and working with people living with, at risk for, and affected by HIV.


• Understand the different types of unconscious bias & utilize radical empathy
to challenge those biases.
• Recognize the staircase of oppression & develop a critical lens to inform
interactions.

Join Elder Valerie and Alia Ali (Empathy Catalyst Consulting) to discuss
unconscious bias and examine why it can be so hard, yet so important, to
identify & address. We will look at the ways in which it can impact our day to
day, as well as our professional lives.


This presentation provides opportunities to identify unconscious bias and bring
it into awareness in order to explore the possibility of changing our perceptions
& reactions. It will include the lived experiences and struggles with medical care
that can be a real threat to the health and wellness outcomes for individuals &
communities most affected. We will examine the real life cost of
implicit bias when it is unchecked.


To register please email Craig Boucher at ABRPO: craigboucher@abrpo.org