“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.”
(Rachel Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom)
What is a process group?
This is a group of people working together to explore the impact of their work on their own well-being.
Caregivers, both professional and carers (such as parents and friends) are likely to be impacted by secondary trauma or vicarious trauma, sometimes this is known as a “compassion fatigue”.
I run ongoing groups for foster carers, professionals and family members providing an opportunity to connect with each other and explore the experience of caring for traumatised young people and their families.
We understand that the most important element in trauma work is the attention paid to the needs of the helper. No-one can meet the needs of clients when they are overriding their own.
I can also offer one-off groups as part of staff wellbeing days or team away days.
System Centred Theory
When working with groups I am guided by the work of Yvonne Agazarian and her Systems Centred Theory and the principles of joining and connecting individuals via functional subgrouping.