(Online) Self-Care is a Verb
NEW! If your employer is a compact member of the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, you may be eligible to take this program at a reduced cost. Visit the Harold Alfond Center Workforce Development Funding page for more information.
Join clinical psychologist Wendy Rapaport in learning or getting a refresher on the specifics of integrating self-care into your life. In this interactive, online professional development training, you’ll develop strategies around resilience and hardiness as well as processing your own emotions.
Self-care is made up of many demanding but rewarding parts: self-awareness, growth mindset, resiliency practice, empathy, purpose, kindness, gratitude, perspective, friendship and community, goals, perspective, seeking help, optimism, mindfulness, inspiration, and altruism. To effectively embody self-care, we have to practice. This program will allow you to do so in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
A lot is happening around us and within us: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, politics, racial injustice, threats to reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, the climate crisis, and divisions within our communities and families. It’s a lot! Your profession or your community may require you to interface or engage with others who are also affected by these extraordinary times. But have you been able to take time to slow down and think through your own responses?
This self-care program will give you some of the space you need to process and reflect as well as the skills to help you manage and prevent burnout and thrive “intentionally” with healthy boundaries, emotional literacy, work/life balance, community, and adding creative outlets. Facilitator Wendy Rapaport will help you increase your awareness of your own emotions, beliefs and responses to help you be better able to hear and acknowledge the emotions, beliefs and responses of others.
Together, we’ll develop strategies and share skills of resilience and hardiness. You can then put these strategies and skills into use while working with your clients, supervisors and teams (not to mention with your friends and family!).
Dates and Times
September 19 and 20
1–3 p.m. ET
This interactive online program will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection. There will be breakout sessions to connect with other participants. Participation is encouraged—this is not a recorded session.
Through participating in this online professional development program, you’ll be able to apply the concepts below to your professional, personal, and interpersonal life.
- Gain insight about your personal and interactional dynamics through the lens of Emotional Literacy: recognition, regulation and empathy
- Become aware of your personal biases, including countertransference that may interfere with your personal and professional lives
- Explore your individual responses to issues related to culture, gender, health, race, class, and ethnicity
- Be able to change the way you feel by changing the way you think, through Cognitive Therapy methods
- Learn about Positive Psychology and practice choosing optimism, kindness, creativity, forgiveness, resilience, gratitude, positive reframing, and humor, highlighting your signature strengths rather than focus on your weaknesses
- Improve your conflict resolution skills using concepts rooted in Imago Therapy
Who Should Enroll
- Administrators in healthcare and education
- Doctors, nurses, surgeons and anyone in the medical arena
- Educators, ed techs and teachers
- Human resource professionals
- Midwives, doulas and birth workers
- Social workers
- Anyone looking to integrate self-care into their lives
Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact Kimberly Lai at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you figure it out.
Wendy Rapaport, L.C.S.W., M.S.W., Psy.D, (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist on the faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine Diabetes Research Institute and the UMaine School of Social Work. She also is in private practice in Boca Raton, Florida, and has specialized in individual, marital, family and group therapy for 40 years. A professional writer, Rapaport has published more than 65 articles and lectures around the country. She was awarded the National Health Information Award for her book, “When Diabetes Hits Home: The Whole Family’s Guide to Emotional Health.” Rapaport is also the author of “Approaches to Behavior: Changing the Dynamic between Patient and Professional in Diabetes Care”, “On the Couch with a Good Enough Poet”, “What do We Tell the Children” and “Friendship Matters”. Learn more about Dr. Wendy Rapaport on her website.
Program Fee: $140
Click here for more information about paying for your professional development, including information about need-based scholarships, group discounts and tips on how to get your employer on board.
Current UMaine students are eligible for a 20% discount. Use code STUDENT20 at checkout.
Continuing Education Credits
- 4 hours / .4 CEUs are available.
- Certificate of Completion Available Upon Request.
Learn more about Continuing Education Units here.
For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Kimberly Lai at email@example.com.
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