Support workers need support themselves in order to have a positive impact on their clients.
But even if they receive that support, they can still experience a loss of resilience and begin suffering from stress, burnout, fatigue and other physical and emotional problems. Chronic stress can lead to deteriorating mental health and staff absence. This has a high cost to both individuals and organisations. For example, in social care services, in the UK, 7% of employees had more than 40 sick days in 2015 (Source: Health & Social Care Information Centre, Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments).
Although self care is recognised as important by individuals and organisations, it is often based on practices or techniques that can in themselves become another source of stress.
Techniques and practices like mindfulness meditation, one-to-one mentoring sessions, “me time” or exercise can yield inconsistent results across a team and for individuals, leading to doubts about competence, self-discipline or resilience.
But what if the source of resilience isn’t what we think it is?
And what if the daily, chronic stress that support workers experience could be mitigated without any self-care techniques at all?
This workshop, called Love Your Work Again, provides a new way of understanding what resilience is and where it comes from.
Love Your Work Again explains why people’s state of mind is an organization’s greatest resource and how to improve one’s state of mind by realising a new understanding of human psychology.
As a result of this new understanding, participants may experience:
- Reduced stress, so chronic stress is no longer a factor in their work or personal life
- Clarity, for easier decision making and better communication
- Significantly improved productivity, creativity and efficiency
- Better self care, occurring naturally
- An overall increase in their quality of life
These types of results are typical and often experienced quite rapidly, with people sometimes feeling significant relief of stress-related symptoms during the workshop itself.
In summary, this workshop’s message serves as a pre-emptive “strike” so that chronic stress among support workers is no longer something that needs mitigating.
The short- and long-term results are significant on both the human and organisational levels.
The basis of the training
The Love Your Work Again training is based on the Three Principles (Mind, Consciousness and Thought), originally expressed by Sydney Banks, a Scottish/Canadian, in the late 1970s. Since that time, the Three Principles have been taught in many settings around the world, including nonprofit organisations, large and small corporations, prisons (for inmates and corrections officers), schools, substance-abuse treatment centers and more. (The Three Principles are sometimes referred to as Health Realization in the US among long-standing practitioners.)
The fundamental premise of the Three Principles makes it quite different from other modalities. Every person — no matter their behavior or circumstances — is seen having innate mental health. Meaning, no one’s psyche can ever be damaged, despite their behavior or circumstances at any given time.
The Principles also look at thoughts in a new way, seeing Thought as a principle — as how human beings experience their reality — and not as something that needs to be changed, managed or fixed. Thoughts change on their own. When people allow thoughts and the accompanying feelings to move through them without interference or concern, people will automatically and effortlessly relax back into their innate mental health.
As a result of this new understanding, people no longer need to utilize techniques to help them feel better. They see that the “human being system,” if you will, is always working on their behalf, always tilting them toward well-being if they simply allow it to work as it’s designed.
So resilience is not something that has to be learned or even nurtured. It is always present and can be accessed at any moment, even in extreme circumstances. As Thomas Kelley, of Wayne State University, writes in this article, human beings have an innate psychological immune system, just as we have an innate physiological one. People simply need to understand that it exists and how to access it readily. Realising this understanding comes from listening with an open mind: suspending what people think they ‘know’ and being open to learn from their own experience. Once people catch even a glimpse of this understanding, they are already feeling the beneficial effects, which then continue to grow as they look more and more in this direction.
Although the Three Principles are a relatively new part of the psychological conversation, practitioners have been documenting results since the 1980s. The most comprehensive documentation is a book called Modello, by Jack Pransky. The book describes how the Modello and Homestead Gardens Housing Projects — two of the deadliest in the US back in the 1980s — were completely turned around over two and a half years by teaching residents the Three Principles.
Three Principles-based training provides both fast and lasting results, primarily because it is tapping into people’s natural resilience.
This is a cutting-edge programme
Make no mistake that this training programme is not the norm and is highly effective.
It brings a completely fresh view to the nature of stress and resilience — not just for the support workers, but also for the people they serve. The Three Principles discussion points toward the nature of human beings and our built-in system of resilience that needs no prompting by learned tools or techniques.
There is nothing for participants in this training to learn or do, nor will they need to take any notes during the workshops (which is, in fact, discouraged). The trainers use no PowerPoint slides, at most employing a whiteboard to draw simple pictures and showing short video clips if appropriate.
This design is flexible according to your needs. We can work with you to create a completely customized programme.
The results often be seen right away. Simply listening to what the trainers have to say will be enough for participants to notice a reduction in their stress level, often within the first hour or two of the workshops.
Over a short amount of time, people will begin to notice an easing of their stress even in situations that used to feel quite “charged.”
They may find themselves setting up their own discussion groups to continue the conversation. Juliet would be happy to provide additional materials to help facilitate this continued learning and discovery.