Getting to know our CALM Director, Helen Stevenson!

Welcome to our ‘Get to know CALM!’ series, where each month we will be asking our staff and extended community to tell us a little bit about themselves.

We asked Helen:

1. How long have you been at CALM?

I joined CALM at the start of the summer in 2000. Prior to that I was trained as a CALM Instructor in my previous job – so I’ve been in and around CALM for a long time!

 

2. Tell us about your role at CALM?

Initially I joined CALM as a Training Officer, delivering CALM theory and physical skills training. At this time the role involved constant travel, days spent in lengthy commutes and often travelling to other parts of the UK. I then became CALM’s Training Manager and supported and developed a growing team of training Officers at CALM as well as becoming more involved with the support provided to our organisations using the CALM system. Since 2008 I have been a Director at CALM. This role really involved oversight of every aspect of work that CALM carries out, as well as the ongoing support and consultancy provided to our user organisations, strategy and planning, overseas development and the support and development of our team.

 

3. What is your favourite part of your job?

Most recently I have taken great delight in supporting the growth and development of certain people in the team. I continue to be excited by the work we are engaged in with organisations in Australia and see great opportunities to support services to improve. I also enjoy the role I play in a number of national developments and working parties and feel I continue to learn a lot through this experience. I also really enjoy just connecting with people – whether in person or online. I like sharing what I know and talking about CALM, and delivering presentations – weirdly I do like to be questioned and put under a bit of pressure – it’s when I feel I am at my best.

 

4. What’s the hardest part about your job?

A heavy sense of responsibility and worry, long hours to keep things going and spending time with people who just want training to tick a box rather than to change practice and improve things for people in services.

 

5. What CALM value do you resonate with the most?

Definitely ‘Connection’!

 

6. Where do you feel really in your element at work?

With people – people who truly want to hear about how CALM works and the difference it can make when organisations embrace its whole organisational approach. I feel in flow when I’m able to share ideas from others about inspiring practice.

 

7. If you had to choose a different career, what would it be?

I would definitely be a nurse!

 

8. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

Hmmm, that’s an interesting one. I may have said – be in theatre to watch an operation – but I got to do that last year in a CALM capacity and loved it. I loved being a waitress when I was younger and thought I was very good at it – I would like to do this for a day again.

 

9. What makes you laugh the most?

My 88 year old mother when she gets her words wrong or mispronounces things… and Peter Kaye who I love but was not fortunate enough to get tickets for despite being in an online queue for many hours!!

 

10. If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

To be able to speak any language I choose – fluently. I’ve never been good at learning languages and can’t speak any well. I would love to go travelling and experience countries and cultures knowing the language well. Oh – and to be invisible – I would love to be a fly on the wall in lots of different situations and contexts – mainly because I am quite nosey and have major FOMO (as my teenagers tell me!).

 

11. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?

Will I Am – I just love him and think he is the nicest person. Nelson Mandela – as he was a very important figure in my late teens.

Margaret Thatcher and Neil Kinnock – I think they were great orators and I miss this period in Politics – passionate debates with really polarised views.

I could choose many more – picking only 4 is very difficult!

 

12. Do you have a favourite quote?

I wouldn’t say I have a favourite quote, but this one pops to mind, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

 

13. Is there anything else you’d like to share with the broader CALM community?

Connect, talk, share, invest in relationships – with us and others, look externally from your own organisation, be brave and talk about things that feel difficult, have compassion at the heart of every interaction you have and always try to do the right thing – not solely the easy thing.

 

… Thanks Helen! Great getting to know you better!

Getting to know our CALM Director, Helen Stevenson!

Welcome to our ‘Get to know CALM!’ series, where each month we will be asking our staff and extended community to tell us a little bit about themselves.

We asked Helen:

1. How long have you been at CALM?

I joined CALM at the start of the summer in 2000. Prior to that I was trained as a CALM Instructor in my previous job – so I’ve been in and around CALM for a long time!

 

2. Tell us about your role at CALM?

Initially I joined CALM as a Training Officer, delivering CALM theory and physical skills training. At this time the role involved constant travel, days spent in lengthy commutes and often travelling to other parts of the UK. I then became CALM’s Training Manager and supported and developed a growing team of training Officers at CALM as well as becoming more involved with the support provided to our organisations using the CALM system. Since 2008 I have been a Director at CALM. This role really involved oversight of every aspect of work that CALM carries out, as well as the ongoing support and consultancy provided to our user organisations, strategy and planning, overseas development and the support and development of our team.

 

3. What is your favourite part of your job?

Most recently I have taken great delight in supporting the growth and development of certain people in the team. I continue to be excited by the work we are engaged in with organisations in Australia and see great opportunities to support services to improve. I also enjoy the role I play in a number of national developments and working parties and feel I continue to learn a lot through this experience. I also really enjoy just connecting with people – whether in person or online. I like sharing what I know and talking about CALM, and delivering presentations – weirdly I do like to be questioned and put under a bit of pressure – it’s when I feel I am at my best.

 

4. What’s the hardest part about your job?

A heavy sense of responsibility and worry, long hours to keep things going and spending time with people who just want training to tick a box rather than to change practice and improve things for people in services.

 

5. What CALM value do you resonate with the most?

Definitely ‘Connection’!

 

6. Where do you feel really in your element at work?

With people – people who truly want to hear about how CALM works and the difference it can make when organisations embrace its whole organisational approach. I feel in flow when I’m able to share ideas from others about inspiring practice.

 

7. If you had to choose a different career, what would it be?

I would definitely be a nurse!

 

8. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

Hmmm, that’s an interesting one. I may have said – be in theatre to watch an operation – but I got to do that last year in a CALM capacity and loved it. I loved being a waitress when I was younger and thought I was very good at it – I would like to do this for a day again.

 

9. What makes you laugh the most?

My 88 year old mother when she gets her words wrong or mispronounces things… and Peter Kaye who I love but was not fortunate enough to get tickets for despite being in an online queue for many hours!!

 

10. If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

To be able to speak any language I choose – fluently. I’ve never been good at learning languages and can’t speak any well. I would love to go travelling and experience countries and cultures knowing the language well. Oh – and to be invisible – I would love to be a fly on the wall in lots of different situations and contexts – mainly because I am quite nosey and have major FOMO (as my teenagers tell me!).

 

11. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?

Will I Am – I just love him and think he is the nicest person. Nelson Mandela – as he was a very important figure in my late teens.

Margaret Thatcher and Neil Kinnock – I think they were great orators and I miss this period in Politics – passionate debates with really polarised views.

I could choose many more – picking only 4 is very difficult!

 

12. Do you have a favourite quote?

I wouldn’t say I have a favourite quote, but this one pops to mind, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

 

13. Is there anything else you’d like to share with the broader CALM community?

Connect, talk, share, invest in relationships – with us and others, look externally from your own organisation, be brave and talk about things that feel difficult, have compassion at the heart of every interaction you have and always try to do the right thing – not solely the easy thing.

 

… Thanks Helen! Great getting to know you better!

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If you missed our first free Professional Development Seminar last week, please feel free to view the recorded version below:

Top 5 Key Resources for Working with Change, Uncertainty, Anxiety and Fear in the time of Coronavirus

Guidance on How to Manage Anxiety for Workers

Introductory Resources on Mindfulness and Relaxation

Guidance for Managers on Leadership during Crisis

Additional Resources for Navigating Coronavirus

Guidance is available in easy read format from a number of sources

Social stories may help some people to understand what is happening and the need for restrictions

The British Psychological Society has provided guidance on how to talk to children about Corona Virus which may be also helpful

Mind have also produced guidance  for children and young people

Excellent video for younger children from Playmobil

Guidance and Tools from Authoritative Sources on How to Manage Anxiety

Accessible Resources on Anxiety for People with  a Learning Disability

Introductory Resources on Mindfulness and Good Practice Guidance

Guidance for Managers on Leadership during Crisis

As many of you know, in light of the coronavirus situation and government guidance, CALM took the decision last week to suspend all training until further notice. 

As the situation has progressed, we now have a few more important updates for you regarding how to contact CALM and the kind of support we will continue to offer.

Contacting CALM: 

While our office base is now closed and our phones will not be answered, any voicemail messages left will be picked up and responded to. 

If you need to get in contact with us for any reason, the best way to do so is through our info@calmtraining.co.uk email. We ask that you please do not contact staff on either personal or work emails; these emails will not be checked nor responded to. 

Ongoing Support, Free Offerings, and Online Training: 

While we are no longer able to offer any face-to-face training during this period of lockdown (*unless in very exceptional circumstances of severe and immediate risk), we have been working on some innovative ways to continue to provide our user organisations and community with support during this difficult time. We have several free online training events we’d like to share with you (see below) but would also like to take a moment to say something about the importance of community connection in our current circumstance. 

The arrival of the coronavirus has brought considerable uncertainty and challenge to all our doorsteps. We at CALM – like all of you – are concerned for the health and well-being of our families, friends, communities and all those we support; but we also trust that we will get through this challenge – together. 

At the heart of CALM’s approach – all the way from our personal values to our practice strategy – is a deep belief in the importance of our interconnection. As we stress in our practice model, the well-being of one depends on the well-being of the many; and this is never more clear than right now. We must seek ways to support and maintain our connection with each other; for it is through our interconnection that we nourish the strength, hope, and courage to meet the difficulty we face. 

While we are being asked to distance ourselves physically in order to ensure the containment of the virus, it is of the utmost importance that we find novel ways to provide each other with support and guidance during these trying times. 

The CALM team has done a lot of thinking on this over the past week and we’ve decided on a few offerings that we hope can bring learning, grounding, support and connection as we all band together to weather the next few months.

We want you to know we are here for you. We know this situation is hard for all of us, and that it may be even harder to navigate for many of the people you support. This will be a time of significant change and disruption to routine, which may cause a great deal of anxiety and stress; and that distress may manifest in behaviour that challenges. We know that services and individuals are already doing their best to prevent crisis. If you are unsure or uncertain about practice or just want to touch base, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Helen and Brodie are on hand to host group calls and online meetings with service managers, organisational leaders, CALM Associates and Instructors in order to provide guidance, share challenges, advise on best practice and offer general support during this trying time. We are also developing and will issue further written guidance where it may be helpful and appropriate for us to do so.

While we aren’t able to answer phone calls we will respond to emails sent to info@calmtraining.co.uk and make further contact where needed. We will – as always – do our absolute best to help you work through your specific challenges and find an approach that supports everyone involved. 

Please have a look at the free offerings below and be sure to check our Facebook page and website for future updates on this and more. 

We hope to see you all online very soon, and in the meantime, please take care.

The CALM Team

 

COMING UP AT CALM…

*Please check our website for up-to-date information on more free offerings and future online training

FREE Professional Development Seminars hosted by our Clinical-Director, Dr. Brodie Paterson:

Join our 1st Free seminar on 1 April 2020 “Working with Change, Uncertainty and Fear”

Change and uncertainty can evoke a fear-based response whether we are using or providing a service. Understanding the nature of this response and how we can ground and stabilise ourselves in order to be present to the distress in others, as well as provide a safe space for their distress to be acknowledged, are always useful skills. Given the current challenging circumstances we all face, such knowledge and skills may be particularly useful in both our professional and personal lives.

Other up-coming Professional Development Seminars:

*Dates to be announced. Please check our Facebook page and website regularly for updated details

Compassion Fatigue. From awareness through understanding to action

Integrating Positive Behaviour Support: what it is and what it isn’t

De-briefing. Not a tick box exercise


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