Using scales to support

Using scales to support

If the person you’re supporting is having difficulty describing their feelings, or the meeting is lacking focus or if it’s a struggle to keep people on track, use a number or color scale as it provides common ground and language to build upon.

What to say when you don’t know what to say

What to say when you don’t know what to say

  If it hasn’t happened to you yet, there will be a day when you enter a situation and you have no idea what to say and people will be looking to you for support and hope.  Often times it’s when others are facing tragedy. You feel helpless, Words are worthless....

What is Compassion Fatigue?

What is Compassion Fatigue?

  It’s no surprise that research studies are finding that a ministry leader’s well-being is negatively impacted by the work of serving and caring for others.   This is not a fault of the leader or even of ministry itself.  Compassion fatigue is not a result of...

4 Steps to low impact debriefing

Low-Impact-Debriefing gives you the freedom to be able to talk and share with others without fear of re-traumatizing them and still provides you with all the support and care needed in sharing about the difficult work that you do. 

Why is listening so important?

Why is listening so important?

Active listening is listening with curiosity.  Guiding the person with questions so they can unwrap and open boxes themselves, where eventually they will find the core issue.   I have put together a cheat sheet of curious questions to help you guide people as they tell their stories.

5 Ways care giving impacts your life

5 Ways care giving impacts your life

You are a deeply caring individual and you are devoted to your work and calling and there is nothing to be ashamed of, or feel guilty about when you find yourself worn-out and not wanting to hear any more sadness and problems. Measure your levels of caregiver fatigue, and discover 5 ways your life is impacted.

How to prevent burnout in your teams

How to prevent burnout in your teams

We want to prevent burnout with our teams so that they can remain healthy and have longevity in ministry. For this we need to consider 3 areas; hopelessness, helplessness and prolonged stress.

7 Strategies to Avoid Depression and Anxiety During Physical Distancing.

7 Strategies to Avoid Depression and Anxiety During Physical Distancing.

Grief is often a journey. Something that you go through when there is a loss. Just as in any grief, we can slip into the more unhealthy space of anxiety and depression and get stuck. However, here are seven small strategies that can be helpful to process the grief, prevent us from getting stuck and keep us moving through the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19.

How to support someone struggling with mental health

How to support someone struggling with mental health

With mental health impacting 1 in 5 people it is very likely that you are going to talk to someone who is struggling. You want to help, but have no idea what to say and you surely don’t want to make it worse. 
Here’s good news.  Here are 5 things you can say to support someone struggling.