At some basic level, each of us knows that our fundamental wellbeing is inseparable from the wellbeing of the world. If we isolate ourselves and disconnect from the suffering of those around us, we are actually disconnecting from ourselves. And yet, when we make a commitment to address such suffering, the demands and constant immersion in other’s physical, emotional and spiritual distress can feel overwhelming and terribly draining. In this workshop, led by licensed mental health counselor Alison Issen, you will explore the rhythms of compassion, and ways of balancing our own needs with the vast needs of those we serve. We can learn to take care of ourselves while deepening our capacity and motivation for compassionate action in our world.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
— Define and recognize symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue
— Differentiate proactive vs. reactive responses in difficult situations
— Explore methods of self-renewal which will support them in their compassionate outreach with others
This program is presented by Alison Issen and hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
Cancelling Your Reservation: If you are unable to attend a program, cancelling your reservation gives us an accurate count of how many to expect; for sold-out programs, canceling your reservation also allows someone on the waitlist to attend in your place. Cancelling can be done in two easy ways: by calling 407.644.2492 and selecting Option 1, then Option 3 to speak to a representative or by using the online ticket cancellation option in your original confirmation email from Eventbrite.
About the Presenter:
Alison C. Issen has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, as well as a Registered Nurse. Alison recently retired as the outpatient counselor at Orlando Health/UFHealth Cancer Center. For several years, Alison coordinated the Sage-ing Center, a program which encourages and supports adults of all ages, but particularly those in the second half of life, to inventory, evaluate and intentionally plan a life of purpose, learning, fulfillment and community service. Alison brought this comprehensive program to the hospice several years ago and developed Hospice of the Comforter’s Quality of Life Education Program. Alison has taught psychology at the college level, and has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 35 years, including over 10 years as a hospice nurse and counselor. Her areas of specialty include stress management, grief and loss, end-of-life, aging and relationship issues, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Positive Psychology. Beyond her professional life, Alison is an “extreme gardener,” volunteers at a local animal shelter and performs with local singing and theatre groups.