Project Description

Supporting Professionals on the Frontlines of Secondary Trauma

N.E.S.T. provides psychoeducation around secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and professional burnout.  We also offer emotional support groups, specifically tailored to first responders, event production professionals and harm reductionists, professional and volunteers.

Who Should Enroll

These programs and process groups are available to individuals seeking support around compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress. We have support groups and services tailored specifically for individuals working in care/support industries as well as event production and first response.

  • Event Production Professionals Exposed to Crisis Situations and Environments
  • Emergency Services Providers and Responders
  • Mental Health Professionals

What You Will Walk Away With

  • Critical Perspective – Increased knowledge of secondary trauma symptoms and how to spot them early
  • Practical Application – Skills to help you address your own self care needs
  • Connection – Actionable, healthy ways to engage in your community and stay emotionally connected
  • Professional Longevity – Tools and self-care exercises that build professional and personal resilience in a field that encounters secondary trauma regularly.

Join NEST training programs to become a more compassionate, connected and prepared harm reductionist.

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Process & Support Groups Detail

We understand that getting support can be hard and scary, especially if you work in an industry that has a high-risk of compassion fatigue and burnout!  We provide small, confidential, professionally-facilitated emotional support groups that are available in person, in Los Angeles or online. We will meet for 90 minutes, explore different topics around trauma, substance use and how to create healthy boundaries at work and at home.

Subjects That May Be Covered

  • Harm Reduction Principles & Substance Use
  • Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
  • Self Care Skill Building
  • Authenticity & Identity
  • Compassionate Care Techniques & Integration
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Prerequisites & Qualifications

Support groups are specific to your professional industry or event.

We offer groups for:

  • Professional Festival & Event Harm Reduction Workers & Volunteers
  • Nurses, Paramedics & EMTs
  • Professionals Working in Psychedelic Research
  • Professional Event Production Workers & Volunteers
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FROM THE NEST COMMUNITY

“Being able to provide support and services to not only attendees but also fellow staff makes the work that much more meaningful and effective. NEST is expanding the accessibility to harm reduction.”


KENNETH M., Event Staffer

“Working with Erica and her team at N.E.S.T. provides the safety and support our production team needs to get through the challenging, stressful moments to ensure a successful event.”


HEIDI PATIENCE, HR Manager, Envision Festival

“Working under an integrative wellness care model with such a diverse team of caregivers has been a refreshing, insightful experience.”


KATRINA O. RN, Care Provider

“I’ve had the privilege to work with the compassionate care providers at NEST and am constantly blown away by the level of dedication and attention they bring to the work of harm reduction. Rock on, team!”


TIMOTHY O., NEST Volunteer

“I’m so grateful for this experience. I’ve known harm reduction is my passion for a long time, and NEST created space for me to explore my potential in this field and support my community in a way that felt so RIGHT. My values are super aligned with NEST’s values, and I could see that our team was leading with our values to pull all of this off!”


SASHA F., Harm Reduction Worker

“I enthusiastically recommend this training! Erica’s presentation was clear and accessible, and she left me with tools to implement right away. Both the conceptual framework and practical guidance would be beneficial to anyone who is looking to compassionately hold space for people going through traumatic experiences – not just those working in the world of psychedelic harm reduction. I really appreciated the approach to self-care, especially the checklists and schematics for self-reflection and assessing one’s readiness to compassionately hold space for others.”


ERIKA ROSENBERG Ph.D., Founding Faculty, Compassion Institute

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