Every day we are faced with both positive and negative stress. And while stress motivates and protects us it can also destroy us. The first step to healthier living is to acknowledge stress and challenge the negative stress in our lives. The first half of this workshop focuses on stress awareness and best practices for self-care. And when stress exceeds our ability to manage, we can experience traumatic stress. Following a major incident or loss in our lives we experience Post Traumatic Stress. The second half of the workshop focuses on the relationship between stress and our bodies, and how we can find healing. Post Traumatic Stress over time can affect our relationships (emotional) and spiritual life. We will look at practices to improve both. For First Responders OEMS credit is available (2 hours).
NOTE: Class size is limited to preserve distancing.
Cost - $30. A portion of the proceeds will support food security efforts at Westfield State University Interfaith Center.
Rev. Bruce Arbour, MDiv
Rev. Bruce Arbour is an ordained elder in the United Methodist church and has served as a fire department chaplain for over 26 years. He is an Assistant Chief Chaplain with the Mass Corps of Fire Chaplains, and a member of the Western Mass Critical Stress Incident Management Team. Rev. Arbour is a trauma informed specialist offering counseling for those who have experienced trauma, complicated grieving, anxiety related to trauma, and stress management. He is also trained in Havening Technique and various other related care methodologies.