Pop Up Training Feb 26th: Pandemic Self Care


POP UP Quarterly Training


“Stepping Into the New Year with Hope & Resilience”

Pandemic Self Care, EQ & Re-Charging Staff Batteries to Care for our Communities
Friday, February 26, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
On Zoom

With Mary Kay O'Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC and Tressa Giordano

Free for CYSA Members, $25 for non members


Please join us for the next CYSA Professional Development Quarterly Training to care for and nurture our frontline essential workers who are caring for our youth and families in each of our communities throughout the pandemic.
We are fortunate to have Mary Kay O’Sullivan as our guest speaker along with our very own Tressa Giordano, Executive Director of AHM Youth Services, to discuss self-care, resilience and bringing hope to our clients.
In the course of doing our work we are often confronted by the more challenging aspects of life. We are asked to ‘do more with less’, and to work within uncertain funding and restrictive policy contexts. Working with young people and their families going through tough times and with colleagues, who may also be stressed, can test our patience and push us to our limits.Practicing self-care is an important professional development activity that will help you to cognitively, physically and emotionally ‘bounce back’ each day over the long term.

9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Opening Activity with Tressa Giordano (self-care reflection activity)
Segment #1: Sometimes brining our thoughts and feelings to paper in a mindful way can bring clarity, motivation, and empowerment. Join us as we take a few moments to creatively reflect upon what sparks hope in our lives. All you’ll need is a piece of paper and pen or some colored pencils/ markers if you’re feeling inspired to add color. 

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Mary Kay O’Sullivan presents on topic: Self Care, EQ, re-charging battery to do our work, Big 7, compassion fatigue, re-energizing our frontline workers assisting in the pandemic.

10:30-10:45 Q&A

10:45-11 Closing with Tressa Giordano (physical activity)
Segment #2: Taking a few moments throughout your day to stretch and breath can relieve stress, improve posture and clear your mind so you can more effectively tackle your work. With the increased volume of online meetings and screen time, taking a few moments to refresh can easily be done right at your desk. Join in for some quick and easy chair stretches and breathing exercises that will provide you with the release you need in order for you to continue the great work you do!

Mary Kay O’Sullivan:
Mary-K O'Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC, Clinical Manager and Clinical Trainer with over 27 years of experience, both nationally and internationally in both private and public sectors. In the State of Connecticut, Mary-K has trained for: Department of Corrections, Judicial Department, and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. As a trainer for the Division of Education and Training for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Judicial Department, Mary-K provides training to DOC staff, adult and juvenile probation officers, parole officers, juvenile residential services staff, bail staff, women's and family matters staff, clinicians, case managers, and medical staff.

Tressa Giordano:
Tressa Giordano is the Executive Director at AHM Youth & Family Services located in Hebron, CT. Her agency and staff serve the towns of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia with a variety of programs and services ranging from school-based support and outpatient services as well as a respected Family Resource Center, a regional Juvenile Review Board, and a variety of positive youth and family development programs. In addition to her work at AHM, Tressa is also a State of CT Early Childhood Educational Consultant, youth dance instructor, licensed group fitness instructor and Zumba Fitness Instructor.


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