Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Dare to Care: Institutionalising wellness, self and collective care for those working in the VAW and VAC fields

    • Meet the team

    • Module 1 Welcome to Dare to Care

    • Meditation and grounding video

    • Activity - Taking care of ourselves as we learn

    • Guidance for how to work through the course

    • Activity - Facing our Fears, Daring to Dream

    • What did you think of Module 1 - Settling into the forest floor?

    • Take a break!

  2. 2
    • Meditation and grounding video

    • Welcome to Module 2 - Exploring the Understory

    • Guidance for working through reflection activities in groups or teams

    • What is stress?

    • Activity on exploring our relationship to stress

    • What is burnout?

    • What is vicarious trauma?

    • Take a break if you need to

    • Why are we at particular risk of stress, burnout and vicarious trauma?

    • Handout - Risk factors for stress, burnout and vicarious trauma

    • Reflection activity - exploring our risk factors for stress, burnout and vicarious trauma

    • Time for a check-in

  3. 3
    • What is wellbeing and resilience?

    • Exploring our shared understandings of wellbeing and resilience

    • What is self-care?

    • Talking about self-care - voices from around the world

    • What does self-care look like?

    • How can we prioritise self care?

    • Growing our own blossom of care

    • Why can self-care be challenging?

    • 'Carefully growing' - a choice of three self-care activities

    • What did you think of Module 2 - Exploring the understory?

    • Take time to rest

  4. 4
    • Meditation and grounding video

    • Welcome to Module 3 - Tending to the Canopy

    • What are the limits to self-care?

    • What is collective care?

    • Activity on the benefits of collective care

    • What does collective care offer us that self-care cannot?

    • A framework for understanding collective care in your organisation or group

    • How can we start to practise collective care?

    • Activity - Getting the Basics Right

    • Take a break if you need to!

    • Activity - 'Connecting and sharing', counselling and psychological support

    • Policies and procedures for caring workplaces

    • Trauma-informed workload management

    • Activity exploring trauma-informed workload management

    • How can we create caring organisational cultures?

    • Time to pause

  5. 5
    • Welcome to part two of Tending to the canopy

    • Activity exploring collective care and the Covid-19 pandemic

    • Transforming harmful expressions of power

    • Activity on surfacing harmful 'deep structures' in your organisation or group

    • Do you need to take a break?

    • Activity on exploring 'safer' spaces

    • The power of rituals

    • The role of leaders and managers in supporting organisational wellbeing

    • Activity on the role of leaders and managers

    • What did you think of Module 3 - Tending to the canopy?

    • Your journey through the rainforest canopy is complete!

  6. 6
    • Meditation and grounding exercise

    • Entering into Module 4 - Flourishing at the Emergent Layer

    • What to expect in Module 4

    • Activity - Assessing our readiness for change

    • Developing a collective care growth plan - instructions for those working in groups

    • Guidance for developing a collective care growth plan for people working individually

    • Take a break!

    • Dealing with resistance to change

    • Tips for dealing with resistance

    • Activity - Monitoring and measuring progress

    • Staying committed and inspired

    • What did you think of Module 4 - Flourishing at the emergent layer?

    • Congratulations!

    • Further reading and resources for those who want to know more