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Mental Agility for Forensic Scientists

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Jen Dillon shares her story and chats with both peers and experts to cultivate a culture of resiliency and sustainability in the field of forensic science. Forensic scientists experience a unique set of stressors including vicarious trauma and burnout due to their chronic exposure to traumatic content on the job. The goal is to create a community to build an awareness and a self-care practice to mitigate these stressors and create a healthier, more productive workplace.

Jen Dillon shares her story and chats with both peers and experts to cultivate a culture of resiliency and sustainability in the field of forensic science. Forensic scientists experience a unique set of stressors including vicarious trauma and burnout due to their chronic exposure to traumatic content on the job. The goal is to create a community to build an awareness and a self-care practice to mitigate these stressors and create a healthier, more productive workplace.

Location:

United States

Description:

Jen Dillon shares her story and chats with both peers and experts to cultivate a culture of resiliency and sustainability in the field of forensic science. Forensic scientists experience a unique set of stressors including vicarious trauma and burnout due to their chronic exposure to traumatic content on the job. The goal is to create a community to build an awareness and a self-care practice to mitigate these stressors and create a healthier, more productive workplace.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Four Agreements - Part 2

5/3/2021
Jen Dillon dissects the second half of the four agreements as described by author Don Miguel Ruiz. She shares how applying the agreements to the workplace has helped with her ability to show up as the best version of herself - without self-judgment, blame, or guilt about what that version may look like on any given day. This book is about the relationship we have with ourselves, and the perception of who we think we SHOULD be vs. who we are actually being. Jen describes her take on the...

Duration:00:41:48

The Four Agreements - Part 1

2/28/2021
Join Jen Dillon as she delves into the first half of the four agreements as described by author Don Miguel Ruiz. She shares how applying the agreements to the workplace has helped with her ability to show up as the best version of herself - without self-judgment, blame, or guilt about what that version may look like on any given day. This book is about the relationship we have with ourselves, and the perception of who we think we SHOULD be vs. who we are actually being. Jen describes her...

Duration:00:42:51

Yoga Nidra - A Systematic Relaxation Technique

1/18/2021
Join Jen as she describes the ancient practice of yoga nidra and how it can be used as a technique to systematically downshift our brain wave states to the most restorative level. Healthy brain wave activity is important for mental health, and many of us are spending too much time in the hyper-aroused states, leading to feelings of exhaustion. By spending some time in the slower brain wave states, we may experience great restoration in a limited amount of time. In fact, 1 hour of advanced...

Duration:00:36:28

Chance for Change - Amy Jeanguenat

12/13/2020
In this conversation, Amy and I discuss how our own mindfulness practices have been put to work during this global pandemic. We talk about how the role of reflection and re-evaluation of our life goals have provided a chance for growth and opening up when so many may feel like shutting down. Amy provides a practical path to create change by getting a clear understanding of our priorities and values so we may then take manageable steps toward fulfilling the goal. She shares many of her...

Duration:00:45:36

Developing a Wellness at Work Plan - Dr. Richard Janka

11/22/2020
Dr. Janka explains the differences between a wellness program and disease management and emphasizes that we all need to develop resources, have a plan and support system in place for our well-being. But we don’t have to wait until we experience a critical incident to put our plans into action. He breaks down what happens physiologically and emotionally when we experience a traumatic event and explains what vicarious trauma is and how the technique of compartmentalization can be applied to...

Duration:00:49:46

Calm and Connected - Jen Elder

5/19/2020
On this episode, I speak with my good friend and yoga soul sister, Jen Elder, who serves as the Wellness Program Manager at a state women's prison. Jen and I discuss how the practice of yoga is so much more than the physical postures, how taking a trauma-informed approach to the practice can lead to healing on a holistic level, and exactly what it looks like when you are supporting the mental well-being of both the staff and offenders of a prison population. She reminds us that the only real...

Duration:00:44:04

Restore With Self-Care - Juliet Oppenheim

4/7/2020
Jen shares a conversation with Juliet Oppenheim, a first responder and yoga instructor, about how a dedicated self-care practice can help reduce the recovery time needed after a stressful incident on the job and prevent burnout. Host: Jen Dillon - jdillon4n6@gmail.com Sponsored by: MAFS - mafs.net Music credit: Joseph McDade

Duration:00:40:47

Learning To Ride The Waves

3/18/2020
Special bonus episode discussing ways to ride the waves of stress during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Duration:00:17:32

The (Forensic) Science of Stress

2/23/2020
The purpose of this program is to provide a platform in which we can develop a set of skills to cultivate resiliency and sustainability in the workforce. This episode breaks down the science of stress and describes how we can shift our mental patterns to support a healthy autonomic nervous system. Host: Jen Dillon - jdillon4n6@gmail.com Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists: www.mafs.net Music credit: Joseph McDade

Duration:00:20:40