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Resiliency - The Epic Journey PST
Transcript of Resiliency - The Epic Journey PST
The EPIC Journey
Volunteer Resiliency and Support
Challenges and stressors
PST Peru 28
Identify at least three stressors or experiences that can negatively affect your ability to be resilient.
Explain how each of the four goals of human behavior (EPIC) relates to your well-being as Volunteers.
Explain at least three steps that you can take to prepare for the risks and stressors of Volunteer service.
How is this cup of water like stress?
If we carry our burdens and frustrations all the time, sooner or later, as they become increasingly heavy, we either won’t be able to carry on, or we may experience increasing frustration.
The experience of being a PCV presents you with a number of new and stressful situations. The last thing we want is for you to carry that stress alone.
Ability to bounce back or forward from high stress situations
To be able to continue working
Feeling positive again
To learn from/be transformed by challenges into a more emotionally stable state
Become better able to handle new situations
Are we resilient all the time?
What affects our ability to be resilient?
What do you think might be tough for you as Volunteers?
What might cause you stress?
Why do you need to be resilient as Volunteers?
When you are having these experiences during service, it can make you feel like you are out on a
L I M B
What resources (knowledge, skills, attitudes) do you need?
How are these steps similar to a Volunteer’s experience?
What resources do you have to satisfy these preparation steps?
Allowing stress to build up or staying out on that LIMB without reaching out to your support networks, tends to lead to unhealthy coping strategies and sometimes decisions to go home early.
As a result, you will have a much tougher time reaching the behavioral goals of EPIC.
So how do you reach the goals of EPIC?
How as Volunteers can you remain resilient enough to stay off of, or come down from, being on a LIMB?
Preparation for Going Diving
Train and practice for a variety of conditions
Do not go in alone or without adequate supervision
Be able to access and use available resources
Become familiar with the depth and location of hazards
Be able to help others
Know how to prepare for future contingencies
Manage high risk behaviors
To be resilient during your Volunteer service, you should follow the steps of learning to dive.
How can the various identity groups to which we belong (racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age) influence the kinds of stressful situations you may experience as Volunteers?
• What are three steps you can take to prepare yourself for the risk and stress of Volunteer service?
What I can do on my own
What I can do with other people
What I can remind myself of
We learned in this session that while it is completely normal to experience highs and lows during Volunteer service, it is unhealthy to let stress build up.
The last thing we want is for anyone to feel like they are stranded out on a LIMB, so let’s work together and support one another so that you can all feel
EMPOWERED, PROTECTED, INTEGRATED
during your journey of service.