ARE YOU TIRED OF...
death by a thousand paper cuts
being maxed out with responsibilities
being pulled in every direction
the steady grind that wears you down
Tired of feeling frustrated and exhausted all the time?
YOU MAY BE
PASSIONATE BUT WORN OUT
And you may or may not have asked yourself this question a 1000 times...
HOW CAN I
GET A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE
OR COMPROMISE MY MENTAL HEALTH
WITHOUT HAVING TO WALK AWAY FROM MINISTRY
I remember those days when I would come home after a long day supporting and serving people and be faced with more problems.
My family, neighbours and friends; the needs never stopped.
My patience for my family and friends dwindled and I dove deeper into work.
"Maybe if I just work a little harder?"
The problem was that no matter how hard I strived or how much I sacrificed work became more complicated and more demanding.
I was becoming desensitized and almost jaded.
Maybe you can relate.
The fuse on my temper became shorter and shorter.
My work life began to blend into my home life and the problems and needs continued; it was death by a thousand paper cuts.
The weekly grind was wearing me down.
I often heard people's well intentioned advice that I needed to work out, eat better or develop boundaries.
But the time and energy just wasn’t there.
There was always something more urgent to attend to.
I crashed and the rebuilding caused me to do some incredible self-discovery and learning.
And here are some lies I destroyed in the process...
NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE
"Being available 24/7 comes with the job description. This is just what this job entails, I just have to get used to it."
I DON'T HAVE TIME
"I don’t want to disappoint anyone; too many people are relying on me right now."
I DON'T WANT TO BE SELFISH
"There are too many people relying on me. Their needs are greater than my own. I can’t be selfish."
I'M ALONE IN THIS
"I don’t have anyone to talk to, no safe place to vent, to get help or encouragement. No one really understands."
CAN YOU RELATE?
Go from drained, worn-out and stretched beyond capacity to being equipped to negotiate the complex demands and care needs of your ministry.
Finding Hope in Helping is an online, self-guided course that builds resilient leaders who are equipped to negotiate the intensifying demands and needs of the church. You will come away with skills to manage your time, self-care, relationships and the challenges of supporting others.
WHAT IT IS
WHAT IT IS NOT
It is not a sermon that you just watch. This is a practical course that asks participants to actively engage in life changing activities.
It’s not a quick and easy magic button, but an opportunity to self-reflect and develop long-term strategies that will build resilience.
It's not a trendy feel good message that rides on the coattails of pop psychology or a new tactic that will soon become obsolete.
It is not all about eating Kale and doing yoga. You are building tools and strategies that are actually useful in your day-to-day life.
WHAT YOU WILL GET
Short and easy videos.
Download and fill out
Practical & ready to use
Certificate of completion
Those in professional helping roles experience the cumulative impact of caregiving on their whole being, which can make it increasingly difficult to relate to God, neighbour and self in healthy ways. Finding Hope in Helping is an effective and robust resource that assists those seeking to rediscover the fullness of life Jesus created them for. I recommend this program with enthusiasm.
Kevin Hamp, MA, RP, OAMHP
Staff Care Advisor for Youth for Christ Canada
Finding Hope in Helping is an excellent resource for pastors and other helping professionals. Speaking as a trauma psychologist, I can attest to the soundness of the content - it is thoughtful, well-organized, clearly articulated, and firmly grounded in the research literature. Speaking as a pastor, I deeply appreciated how Laura readily integrates Scripture and faith throughout the conversation. If there is someone you know who is experiencing burnout or has witnessed or experienced some deeply troubling events, I believe they would benefit greatly by going through the steps of this course, along with Laura’s accompaniment and guidance.
David C. Wang
Licensed Psychologist, Associate Professor, Pastor of Spiritual Formation
The Finding Hope in Helping program not only provided me with the information I needed as to WHY I was experiencing such severe and troublesome symptoms but also showed me HOW to go about getting relief from them and even how to prevent them in the future.I am confident this will help me be better able to cope with the pain and trauma of others, I now feel like I have the tools to move ahead.
IMB missionary in Western Europe
Since completing the Finding Hope in Helping program I am better equipped with some tools to support others in the compassion industry. The lessons were helpful to better articulate what is happening and how to address stressors. The best part was the references to biblical resources that offer strength and hope as well as personal disciplines that renew one's energy.
Ida Kaastra Mutoigo
E.D. of World Renew
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Module 1: Introduction
Goal: Set the foundation and learn the differences between Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout.
• Workbook (downloadable or fillable online)
• One year access to live webinars every 6 weeks.
Module 2: Costs of Caring
Goal: Identifying the signs and symptoms, triggers and warning signs.
• Digital self-scoring
• Proqual Assessment
• Symptom checklist
• Identifying triggers and warning signs
• Green, yellow and red scale
Module 3: Taking Stock
Goal: Taking stock of your current circumstances and identifying what is working for you and what is a barrier.
• Activities chart
• Self-guided reflection questions
• Reflection questions to open discussion with spouse
• Contacts template for supportive relationships
• Reflection of strengths and calling
Module 4: Overcoming compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
Goal: To build a toolbox of practical strategies that are proactive measures against compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
• Creating intentional and manageable fitness plan
• Practical in-the-moment refocusing techniques
• Cheatsheet and basic meditation walkthrough
• Link to Christian self guided meditation app
• Professional development resource list
• Sleep debt test
• Links and references to self-discovery quizzes and assessments
• Chart identifying strong and weak boundaries
• Low impact debriefing model
I'M JUST A VOLUNTEER, IS THIS FOR ME?
Often times as a volunteer you are on the frontlines of ministry. The go-to for individuals who are struggling. If you find yourself exhausted from serving others and struggle with letting go of people’s stories and tragedies then you may find that this course provides you the validation, freedom and tools you are needing to continue in serving.
Yes! The software that we use for the online course allows for a significant amount of customization. Organizations can have unique emails with supplementary information. Quizzes or tacking progress. The opportunities are endless with how we can customize the program to meet your organization’s needs.
CAN I CUSTOMIZE IT FOR MY NEEDS?
Being that the course is online, basic computer skills are required. However, if you are reading this message, you are able to navigate the internet and therefore, have all the skills you need to complete the course. ;)
WHAT PRIOR KNOWLEDGE DO I NEED TO HAVE?
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO COMMIT?
Each lesson consists of a short (4-10min) video and homework outlined in the workbook. The length of the homework varies, but has been designed to fit into your already busy schedule. I would plan on 8-10 weeks to complete the course.
ABOUT LAURA HOWE
I am a counsellor and project manager. I have been working as a registered social worker for 15 years and specialize in mental health, trauma and addictions.
By facing difficult stories and a community with never ending needs and tragedies, I personally experienced burnout and compassion fatigue.
Those were the most difficult 2 years of my life.
But what the devil meant to destroy God used for good.
God birthed the idea of bringing the message of hope and his strength to the church as faith leaders are in service to their congregations and communities every day facing similar tragic stories and needs.
Using strategies based on industry best practices and researched principles I build courses and workshops that support and strengthen ministry leaders to care and support others.