Oxygen for Caregivers
A Powerful Toolkit to Guard Against Burnout, Build Resilience, and Sustain Compassion
Accessible to anyone with a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone.
Introduction by ELNEC Director,
Course Overview by
Simon Fox, Director/Producer
How to Navigate the Course
Oxygen for Caregivers Online is a personalized, immersive multimedia experience. Truly a breath of fresh air, not only in in the myths it dispels, and the antidotes to burnout it gives, but also in the beauty of its production that makes, it a pleasure to learn. It is as much a personal adventure as a course, and a radical innovation in stress reduction—it reduces your stress as you learn.
Oxygen for Caregivers is both evidence-based, and a distillation of grassroots wisdom gained through the long careers of experienced caregivers.
What you will get out of it is a vitally new perspective on how to approach the challenges of burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress, vicarious trauma, and even primary trauma.
You will see practical examples of how others cope with these hazards. You will learn about the root causes of stress and how to defuse them. Plus, you will have the opportunity to review three core elements of resilience you can build into your life proactively.
You end up with a practical, doable plan that’s customized to fit and enrich your unique life.
PAY IT FORWARD
If you would like to support another caregiver’s well-being, you can make it possible for someone else to take the course at a discount by making a donation to the Adventures in Caring Foundation here: DONATE.
- Practical, easy-to-understand applications of the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience.
- Tools to strengthen the five factors of posttraumatic growth which are active in people who flourish despite adversity—they are the ultimate foundations of your well-being and resilience.
- Long enough to gain the traction needed to build new habits that improve your well-being. In steps short enough to fit into the busiest schedule.
- No scheduling required. You do it at your own pace.
- 8 hours of continuing education credits, in 20-minute sessions made of 5-minute steps.
- No new hardware or software needed.
- High production value makes it a pleasure to learn.
- Customized to meet your own needs and goals. Personally meaningful, memorable and inspiring.
- Participate in a community of fellow professionals who learn, not only from the course material, but also from one another.
Scholarships Available for:
• CNAs • Students • Family Caregivers • Volunteer Caregivers.
Discounts Available for:
• LeadingAge California Members • ELNEC Trainers
Scholarships are made possible by the Adventures in Caring Foundation and its supporters. Discounts are made possible by LeadingAge California and ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium)
Table of Contents:
Module 1: Real-World Self-Care
1.1 Oxygen for Caregivers documentary-style video
1.2 Taking Small Steps
1.3 Gathering Inspiration
Module 2: The Territory
2.0 Tracking Your Progress
2.1 Entering the Territory
2.2 Occupational Hazards I: Exhaustion
2.3 Occupational Hazards II: Traumatization
2.4 Biological Impact
2.5 The Five Roots of All Stress
2.6 Antidotes to Stress 1–3
2.7 Antidotes to Stress 4–5
2.8 Resetting the Autonomic Nervous System ?
(Polyvagal Theory applied)
Module 3: The Journey
3.0 Gathering Strength for the Journey
3.1 Self-Awareness: A Way of Seeing
3.2 Courageous Questions
3.3 Healing the Wounded Healer
3.4 Recognizing Your Own Warning Signs
3.5 Balance in the Ebb & Flow of Your Life
3.6 Healing Connections: Your Roots of Renewal
3.7 Continually Improving Your Well-Being I: The Formula
3.8 Continually Improving Your Well-Being II: The Plan
What People Say about Oxygen for Caregivers
“Oxygen for Caregivers was a runaway success when it premiered at our Care4You compassion fatigue conference. I am still receiving rave reviews from nurses, social workers, and first responders. It is a highly useful, much needed resource.”
FRANÇOISE MATHIEU, ME
AUTHOR: THE COMPASSION FATIGUE WORKBOOK
“This remarkable program provides wonderful, unrehearsed insights from our colleagues who have successfully coped with stress for decades. I highly recommend it.”
DAVID CHERNOF, MD
DAVID GEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT UCLA
Oxygen for Caregivers is a true gift for all of those who work in a helping field. It is a thoughtfully crafted message that illuminates the profound need for self-care and self-compassion as the core principles for assisting others.
JEFFREY S. BUCHOLTZ, PRESIDENT
SAN DIEGO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNCIL
“These resources are beautifully created and remind us of the importance of self-care. The videos and workbooks provide wonderful tools for all healthcare professionals.”
PAM MALLOY, RN, DIRECTOR
END-OF-LIFE NURSING EDUCATION CONSORTIUM (ELNEC)
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES OF NURSING (AACN)
“I work with the military, first responders around world, the wilderness medicine community, and emergency physicians and residents at Stanford Hospital. This is a wonderful resource to share with my emergency medicine faculty and residents. Please keep up the good work. It is fascinating and much needed.”
PAUL S. AUERBACH, MD
STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
“It kept me riveted for the entire program. The variety and sincerity of those interviewed, and the broad range of issues and experiences, from hospice to firefighters, from doctors and nurses to search & rescue workers, drew me in immediately. Best of all, the not overly complicated nor overly simplistic presentation was useful and clear. I think it’s terrific.”
ANN BENNETT, DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
FAMILY OPPORTUNITY CENTER, SANTA BARBARA
“Oxygen for Caregivers is an exceptional program… it gives a systematic method of self reflection so that we can recognize burnout in ourselves and our colleagues and take important steps to heal. It gives pragmatic tips on how we can pay attention to early signs of burnout and address them constructively. This program helps us take better care of ourselves and better care of each other, so that we can provide better care for our patients.”
JASON PRYSTOWSKY, MD, MPH, FACEP, EMERGENCY MEDICINE SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL
SANTA BARBARA CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT