Supporting frontline workers’ wellbeing during Covid19
“ In reflective spaces, we come together for a few hours and create a safe space for people to share and to learn, and go about our work, and there’s something quite magical about what can happen in a space where the conditions are right.” Jim Sheehan
On 21st May 2020 a group of frontline practitioners gathered in a virtual space to reflect on the impact their work was having on them.
This on-line event was part of a series of initiatives organised by the Heart of Frontline Practice group to provide support to frontline workers during Covid19.
Attendees included social workers, community & voluntary workers, counsellors, youth workers, nurses, a teacher, a solicitor, a psychologist and a psychotherapist.
The multidisciplinary nature of the attendees was significant, as despite their different professions, they all share common challenges in serving on the frontline.
The on-line event began with an introduction and panel discussion and was followed by two 2-hour workshops: Critical Reflection as a Method for Professional Learning & Development and Using Open Systems and Psychodynamic Thinking in Reflective Spaces.
Feedback from the participants included:
“I found it powerful to take the time to stop and reflect. The facilitators did a great job in creating a safe space for us all to share our experiences and I am very grateful for the support of the group.”