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Wed, Aug 09


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Indigenous Perspective: How to Prevent & Heal Zoom Fatigue for Those who Support System Involved Youth

Nima Novak

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Indigenous Perspective: How to Prevent & Heal Zoom Fatigue for Those who Support System Involved Youth
Indigenous Perspective: How to Prevent & Heal Zoom Fatigue for Those who Support System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Aug 09, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nima Novak

Training Description

Zoom Fatigue has been shown in research to cause very harmful consequences and disrupt sleep to those experiencing it. In this 2-hour training, the presentation will include definitions, research on zoom fatigue and sleep hygiene, what to do when you have zoom fatigue and how to prevent zoom fatigue to improve outcomes for system involved youth who are disproportionately youth of color and all too often negatively affected by caregiver fatigue. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and understand the negative impact of zoom fatigue and to gain increased self-awareness in order to reduce and heal zoom fatigue including self-examination of their own behavior. Learning activities will include: self-reflection, storytelling of real life examples, large group exercises, and participant question time.

Learning Objectives

● Participants will be able to identify & explain Zoom Fatigue.

● Participants will be able to identify at least 2 strategies to heal from Zoom fatigue.

● Participants will be able to explain how to prevent Zoom fatigue and identify at least 2 negative impacts these can have on those who support system involved youth.


10:00-10:05am Welcome, Introductions, and Expectations

10:05-10:10am Resourcing the body activity

10:10-10:40am Definitions:

● Zoom fatigue

● Caregiver fatigue/ burnout

● Window of Tolerancne

● Fight/ flight/ fawn response & zoom fatigue

● Poly Vagal Theory

● Glimmers

● Sleep hygiene

● Self compassion

10:45-11:10am Zoom fatigue: why, how to self identify & window of tolerance

11:10-11:25am Somatic movements for zoom fatigue, how to set up virtual office spaces

11:25-11:45am How to heal & prevent zoom fatigue & sleep to heal caregiver compassion fatigue

11:45am-12pm Questions & key takeaways

Meet Our Trainer

Nima Novak is an Indigenous Speech Language Pathologist from the Mohawk Tribe of the Iroquois Nation. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked extensively in marginalized communities, specifically in Oxnard with Indigenous preschool population and on the west side of Chicago, where she has seen first hand the negative effects of trauma on speech, language and fluency development. She is currently studying somatic therapies, Polyvagal Theory, Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Reiki to promote healing across the communities she serves, with the intention of loving kindness for all. Her focus on evidence-based practices and empirical research serves to bridge the worlds of healing and science which are often relegated to different categories. Nima’s holistic approach of resilience and education teaches how research-based mindfulness practices can be used to manage trauma in the body for both her students and colleagues experiencing the effects of secondary trauma. She is dedicated to empowering her students and all womxn to pursue their passions through the cultivation of resilience and self-worth. In her school based speech therapy and basketball coaching Nima takes a trauma-informed approach to support BIPOC and all students at every level.

Nima is an advisor on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board and mentor's current students at California State San Marcos in the Students of Speech & Language, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Group. For her anti-racism work, she has been featured in Vice Magazine,, The Community Psychologist Special Feature, Authority Magazine and Thrive Global Magazine. She is a contributing founder and author of the anti-racism work group Living in Empathy. Nima has been featured in interviews on Evergreen State College, Educators for Justice IG live, SLPs Of Color IG live, the SLPs of Color podcast, the FAACT podcast and the Breaking Down Podcast. She has presented as a keynote speaker for The Rainbow Project, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Chicago Minds, Women Trans Femme Bike Group, Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op, University of St. Augustine Health Sciences, Community Living Thunder Bay, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Northwestern University.

This course meets the qualifications for (2.0) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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