Professional Self Care

“When we are kind to ourselves, we create a reservoir of compassion that we can extend to others.”
– Dr. Bréné Brown

Public health professionals across our communities are struggling. The demands of keeping others safe and healthy often takes precedence over our own well-being. However, we can’t give what we don’t have and practicing self-compassion offers an opportunity to build and maintain our own strength in even the toughest of times. In this series, we will discuss how our experiences shape our attitudes and behaviors related to self-compassion and offer personal and professional strategies to help fill our “well” in the moment and over the long haul.

Join us for a five-part Professional Self-Care Series designed for local public health department staff! This series is designed where each session will cover both personal and organizational aspects of this work. We invite you to register for and attend as many as you are able! Please visit the Kansas Public Health Collaborative Training page for dates, times, session descriptions and registration links!

Session 1:

Session 1
Date: October 21 – 2:00-3:00

Stress, Burnout, Resilience, OH MY!

In this session, we’ll discuss the compassion fatigue cycle, the impacts of stress on how we communicate and offer strategies for managing stress in the moment to improve our well-being and strengthen connections with those we live and work with.

Watch Recording

Handouts: Professional Self-Care Series Slides, Compassion FatigueHandout, Compassion Fatigue’s Path Handout, Building a Self-Regulation Response Plan Handout.

Session 2:

Session 2
November 4 – 2:00-3:00

Practicing Self-Compassion

When we are under stress, often the last person we take care of is ourselves. In this session, we will talk about what self-compassion is – and what it isn’t. We will also explore how our upbringing impacts how we think about self-care and the messages we send to others about the importance of taking time to fill our own cups.

Watch Recording

Professional Self-Care Series Slides,
Self-Compassion Scale Handout, and Childhood Messages About Self-Care Handout.

Session 3:

Date: November 18 – 2:00-3:00

The Compass Wellness Model

Most of us “know” that practicing self-care is important to healthy personal and professional relationships, but just can’t seem to find the time for “traditional” strategies (who has time to read?!). The Compass Wellness Model offers a framework for thinking about self-care differently and identifying everyday activities that fill our “well”.

Watch Recording

Handouts: Professional Self-Care Series Slides, Compass Wellness Practices Assessment Handout, Intentional About Plan Handout.

Session 4:

Session 4
Date: December 2 – 2:00-3:00

Reconnecting with Purpose

Working in public health comes with many rewards – and stresses – and the pandemic has cast a particularly bright light on these, causing many to question their purpose and their ability to make a difference. In this session, we will look at the system drivers of compassion fatigue and identify strategies to help us get reconnected to our work.

Watch Recording

Handouts: Professional Self-Care Series Slides, Appreciative Reflection Activity Handout, What Can I Control Activity Handout.

Session 5:

Session 5
December 16 – 2:00-3:00

Saying “No” to say “Yes” at Work

Saying “yes” to the things we value, sometimes means saying “no”. In this session, we will discuss managing expectations of ourselves and others in the workplace and the importance of establishing and maintaining boundaries to build positive work cultures.

Watch Recording

Handouts: Professional Self-Care Series Slides, Compassionate Boundaries Reflection Worksheet, Zone of Helpful Behaviors Handout, Setting Helpful Expectations Handout.