Help For Helpers offers strategies to build your knowledge and practice of self-care and to nourish your passion.
Grounded in Biocognitive Science, this approach is meant to offer you relief, to help release your spirit, and to increase your capacity to take on the world. Listen, read, explore – enjoy!
Restoration and hope
The strategies on this site have been developed by listening to your voice and are crafted to fit the needs of the people of southwest Minnesota. These methods aim to bring personal healing and development through Mindbody techniques.
Whether you’re a child care provider, teacher, health care worker, have an important place on an assembly line, or are another type of essential worker or service provider, Southwest Initiative Foundation is providing this approach to offer you some relief, to help release your spirit and increase your capacity to take on the world.
Help for Helpers is grounded in Biocognitive Science, a model of learning and healing that considers the detrimental impact of racism, prejudice and implicit bias. Because we do not live and develop within a cultural vacuum, it is important to explore ways in which cultural contexts can both wound and heal.
On this site, you’ll find three sections. The techniques are a series of guided meditations that build your knowledge and practice of self-care as you listen to each episode. The tools to nourish your passion and care for yourself are described in short blogs that are quick and easy to read. And finally we have resources on other sites linked below if you want to explore more on these topics. Enjoy!
Links to Resources
Emerging Mindbody Science
Pave a path for community healing and organizational learning that is grounded in the science of hope and change.
Become Trauma Informed
Lead change by implementing “trauma-informed” as a tool rather than a buzzword or hot topic in conversations.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Understand how childhood trauma impacts development, requiring unique learning experience to heal and grow.
Human Centered Design
Create conversations, educational lessons, and systems change around providers and consumers.
Tools to nourish your passion and care for yourself
Restoring happiness and joy
Happiness and joy are both important ingredients to consider in the pursuit of a life lived with meaning. It is important to begin differentiating experiences of joy and…
Recognizing early signs of burnout
If we are not careful, the overload of daily tasks can build up to a point where we feel unable to breathe or move. Every person in an…
Importance of focused leadership
With a new buzzword or hot topic to learn about each week, it seems as though many public services could benefit from reflection on their priorities, current scope(s)…
How service with meaning heals
Have you heard about The Great Resignation? Many people are looking to Millennials and Gen Z’ers to understand why they are moving beyond work/life balance and beginning to…
How to de-fragment and de-stress
Now, more than ever, our world is moving so rapidly that it sometimes feels impossible to keep pace with the constant changes and demands. We get pulled from…
Understanding how cultures wound and heal
We can experience pain and hurt in so many ways every day. Beyond the typically categorized mental, emotional, and physical trauma discussed in many direct service settings, it…
This content was developed in partnership with Samantha Louise Leadership Cultivation, Atwater, Minn.