This module is designed as an opportunity for us to take time to think openly, critically, and honestly about ourselves and what we bring to our work with individuals and families experiencing intimate partner violence and other forms of trauma/toxic stress. We also see self-reflection work as a form of self-care. Our own self-awareness and understanding is an important aspect to sustaining ourselves as helpers and advocates. It is important that we take care of ourselves in our work and our self-reflection activities.

In order to effectively engage with people in a meaningful and respectful way, it is often helpful to look inward to better understand ourselves, our outlook on the world, and how this guides and directs our responses and decisions.

We all have deeply held beliefs, behaviors, and assumptions and biases that impact why and how we do our work. When we begin to discover and unpack what this means for each of us, we are better able to determine when our personal beliefs, assumptions, and biases are getting in the way of our work or support our work in a positive way. Change is best facilitated when we are aware of how we operate.