Mindfulness for Multi-disciplinary Teams: Best Practices Gained from an Unprecedented Year

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Duration
90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Justin Boardman
Justin Boardman
Detective (Ret.)

The COVID-19 pandemic uprooted daily life in ways most of us never imagined, and the effects have been ongoing, creating a consistent undercurrent of stress, uncertainty, and trauma. Coping skills for actively looking after our mental health, regulating our emotions, and maintaining our interpersonal relationships have never been more critical. Mindfulness allows us to focus on the present, get out of the worry loop, and center ourselves to move forward.

The best practices for reducing stress and internal conflict are practically applied to working with multidisciplinary teams. Every multidisciplinary team is its own unique organism, functioning with a specific personality and energy. Our teams work hard to improve the justice system for survivors of crime continually, and that work can deplete our resilience. Individuals come to the team with their personalities, professions, and trauma backgrounds. In coordinating our work as a unit, our meetings can become frustrating and even retraumatizing. By addressing our trauma and secondary trauma directly, we can begin to look at more effective and supportive teamwork options. Then, as a team, we can prevent future dysfunction – benefiting both the team and the survivors we serve. Through mindfulness exercises, we will address valuable tools for multidisciplinary teams and individuals to practice self-care.

Objectives

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify potential sources of stress and trauma related to large-scale events such as the pandemic and define how they relate to stress in everyday life and work environments.
  • Explore coping skills for managing such events, particularly in the context of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Employ mindfulness techniques that can aid in managing stress and trauma, appraise their efficacy, and interpret how these techniques can serve us in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Construct and evaluate effective ways to prevent future dysfunction and maintain a resilient work environment, where team members and the survivors they serve have their needs met.

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