Self-Care Virtual Accountability Network (VAN)

In unprecedented ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed every facet of our lives—how we communicate, how we socialize, how we work, how we think, and how we feel. For many, this crisis has magnified the need for attention to self-care.

In times such as these, helping professionals MUST engage in self-care for immediate and long-term. Evidence suggests that self-care can assuage a host of inimical conditions, such as stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout, among other problematic circumstances. However, research also shows that helping professionals don’t engage in adequate self-care. One study found that upwards of 80% of practitioners don’t achieve their self-care goals, in part, due to a lack of support and accountability.

We want to help!

The Self-Care Virtual Accountability Network (VAN) is an online self-care accountability group that will provide you with resources AND a supportive network to help you move forward in YOUR self-care journey. Through collective attention, informed resources, focused support, and mutual accountability, VAN seeks to improve participants’ engagement in effective self-care practices.

Self-Care is a journey; not a destination.  Like all journeys, sometimes it helps to travel with others on the path. Let’s travel together, using a virtual vehicle for REAL results in YOUR self-care journey!

Participants who take part in all meetings can receive six (6) CEUs. Instead of paying the costs of the CEUs, we encourage you to donate to a cause that addresses the Coronavirus crisis.

Format

VAN operates via four-week rotations. Meetings will be held weekly via Zoom and will last between 60-90 minutes. The next session will begin on Monday, June 1, at 8:00 PM EST. Subsequent meetings will occur on the following dates/times:

  • June 8, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST
  • June 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST
  • June 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST

Preliminary Agenda

Week 1: Self-Care IS
Using the IS approach (e.g., Individualized; Intentional; Integrated; Structured; SMART; Sustained), this session introduces some grounding principles associated with self-care. Through active discussion, we consider how people typically “get lost” in pursuing self-care, e.g., common myths and mistakes about self-care. We introduce a wholistic menu of self-care facets and accompanying strategies. We emphasize YOUR individualized definition and goals for self-care.

Week 2: Self-Care Planning
During this session, we engage in collaborative discussion about the subjective nature of self-care practices. We solidify how to “re-define” success essay through intentional and integrated self-care.

Week 3: Self-Care Strategies, Success, and Struggles
This session emphasizes the need for ongoing revisions to your self-care. In collaborative brain-storming, we identify typical barriers and supports for self-care.  We identify strategies and resources for accentuating success for your self-care journey.

Week 4: Sustaining Self-Care
This ending session solidifies gains made toward effective and engaging self-care. We discuss concrete strategies for sustaining self-care, including on-going accountability (people, strategies, tools); awareness (e.g., self-compassion), and attention to self-care. 

To sign up for VAN, please complete the form below. Please note that space is limited and the groups fill fast!

  • Once you submit the form, someone will reach out to you on or before May 26, 2020. Again, please know that space is limited.
  • If you have any questions, please email selfcarelab@uky.edu or text SELFCARE to 31996.

If you have any questions, please email selfcarelab@uky.edu or text SELFCARE to 31996.