Workshop 16
Landmark 2
Thur. 10:15-11:45 am

Session Description:

The Medicine Wheel is a traditional Native American self-awareness tool for measuring balance psychologically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As helpers, over long term exposure to children and families in pain, we may experience compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma because we care. According to Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen M.D. “People who really don’t care are rarely vulnerable to burnout. Psychopaths don’t burn out. There are no burned out tyrants or dictators.” Emotions are high when working with children as the stakes are high. Some of us may have triggers from childhood and as research is showing we carry genetic memory of our own family’s trauma. Enhancing a sense of wellbeing can be accomplished by building capacity through connecting mind and body in utilizing mindful techniques, developing self-care strategies in the creative arts such as music and dance, and promoting stress reduction and resiliency with a healthy well rounded medicine wheel.

Session Materials:

Download Workshop Slides (PDF)

Download Medicine Wheel Self-care (PDF)

Download Self-care is a Proactive Handout (PDF)

Learning Objectives

  1. The importance of workforce wellness
  2. Acknowledging the challenges and barriers
  3. Exploring strategies on building resilience
  4. Creating easy opportunities for self-care


Lorraine Brave, MSW
Human Development Consultant, Independent Consultant Child Welfare Trainer/TA/Facilitation, Brave Transitions, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Capacity Building Center for Tribes

An experienced facilitator of over 25 years in connecting people in challenging situations as a mentor, coach, and liaison for management, faculty, and students. Building on the strengths of communities, families, and individuals throughout the US and Canada providing cultural competency and team building to various forms of government agencies including State, County, Federal, and Provence. Working with individuals, teams, and groups drawing on their creative potential for change. Acknowledging the increased stress in vicarious trauma of those who work and care for others there is the necessity that all training and TA have a component addressing the importance of self-nurturance and peer to peer support in building resiliency.