Lunch & Learn: The Space Between Empathy and Boundaries: Where Enough is Enough.

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February 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Title: The Space Between Empathy and Boundaries: Where Enough is Enough.

Description: It’s hard to feel enough when the need always is greater than the resources. Having empathy is an essential part of making authentic connections and building trust, regardless if you work in a helping profession, at the front desk, or managing a team of employees. Getting stuck in thinking of ways to be more, do more, and provide more can be exhausting. This training will help people find ways to balance empathy with boundaries and end each day knowing their enough is enough. The program will be facilitated by Kathryn Simons, LCSW, a Program Manager at the Greater Binghamton Health Center and an independent Professional Development Consultant. She has a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry and is an experienced public speaker on the topic of wellness.

This Lunch & Learn webinar will be hosted on Zoom Meeting where all attendees will have the ability to turn their cameras on.

Presenter: Kathryn E. Simons is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Greater Binghamton Health Center. Kathryn has over fifteen years of social work experiences in child protection services, case management, CPEP evaluator, and as a Pre-release Coordinator for seriously mentally ill inmates at the Elmira Correctional Facility.

In her current role, Kathryn has dedicated her time working with and supporting teenagers and families in our local communities. A passion of Kathryn is educating and conducting professional development at schools on the impacts of childhood trauma and adversity such as social behaviors, academics, behavioral health and overall well-being. She is a supporter of building positive healthy relationships and mentorships which helps   children, families, and individuals to build resilience and heal from adversity.

Kathryn encourages the practice of self-care and professional boundaries for all individuals, parents and professionals. A strong trauma informed community begins with caregivers and professionals learning to care for themselves and each other when faced with challenging work.

Kathryn is part of a 24-member Care Compass Network Regional Trauma-Informed Care Network tasked with increasing the awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), traumas, toxic stress, and its impacts on children, families, workforce, and the community.