NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events
Sorrow and Joy in the New Year: Reaching for Wellness
Sorrow and Joy in the New Year:
Reaching for Wellness
A Virtual Workshop
February 11, 2021 – 2:00-4:00PM PACIFIC
Who Should Attend
For ALL EDUCATORS including teachers, staff members, and administrators
This workshop, developed in collaboration with Taslim Tharani of Thriving Together, is designed to address white educators who want to work against racism, although all are welcome.
A new year. A new federal government. Promising vaccines. Yet it is still just February, and almost a full year of adapting, pivoting, planning, re-setting, innovating, scrapping, persevering, and grieving has affected all of us deeply. One way for school communities to contend with the emotional intensity and fatigue of this time is to create space for the stories of sorrow and joy that sustain us. Working with our losses is a new and necessary dimension of achieving wellness and, fostering a sense of belonging in our schools.
In this workshop we will use the framework of ambiguous loss (Pauline Boss) to understand our responses to so much uncertainty and ambiguity. While some fear that “giving in” to our sadness will lead to collapse, sharing experiences in a structured, intentional way, provides relief and builds community. With most of our recognized rituals (e.g. religious services, memorials, funerals, chapel, singing together) off limits at the moment, schools have an opportunity to meet essential human needs by bringing people together in this way.
An essential part of contending with ambiguous loss is celebrating what remains, and, when the time is right, creating something new. Learn ways to use this framework with students too, as a way to support them in this extended period of contending with competing, complex feelings.
Join psychologist and long-time educational consultant, Jennifer Bryan, (Team Finch Consultants; Re-Set School) and Ricco Siasoco (Urban School of S.F.) for stories, strategies and community. Just bring yourself, some paper and a pen.
NWAIS Attendees: $55
Non-NWAIS Attendees: $85
TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete by the appropriate deadline.
• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.
• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by February 4, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after February 4, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.