The Path of Conscious Service…
Elizabeth Bishop is the creator of The Conscious Service Approach ~ a research based process designed to educate, support, and celebrate the Service Providers and Change Makers of the world in ways that are personally meaningful, relevant, transformative, and current.
Expanding the traditional conversation, challenging the status quo and worn out mindsets, and promoting alternative perspectives and ways of being are the hallmarks of Elizabeth’s work. The Conscious Service Approach is created to offer a variety of ideas, processes, and practices to support both individual development and systemic transformation.
She believes that being of service extends far beyond the tasks involved. Service is an energy ~ a way of being ~ an expression of the soul. It is ultimately a path to meaningful connection not only with others, but also with oneself.
Elizabeth is the author of Conscious Service: Ten Ways to Reclaim Your Calling, Move Beyond Burnout, and Make a Difference without Sacrificing Yourself (April 2022).
A lifelong learner…
Elizabeth holds a diploma in Developmental Services, a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Religious Studies, and a Master’s degree in Adult Education.
Elizabeth is currently pursuing her doctoral studies with the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Her research focus will build upon the foundation of Conscious Service principles with an emphasis on service as an expression of love. She celebrates lived experience, experiential learning, embodiment practices, and holistic approaches to better address the challenges that have long plagued our human resources and quality of service delivery in human service based programs and systems.
More than forty years in human services…
With a background of more than forty years in human services, Elizabeth’s experience ranges from facility to community-based services, and from direct service provision to management and leadership responsibilities. She has specialized in developmental services, brain injury rehabilitation, and mental health programs. She has taught at the post-secondary level for more than thirty years, including formal academic programs, as well as continuing education and professional development training.
Consulting and Community based research interests…
More recently, Elizabeth has stepped into formalized community based research leadership working directly with individuals and organizations in the exploration of wellbeing, equity, and relational space within healthcare and social services sectors.
As a consultant, Elizabeth works closely with partners in the complexity of shifting organizational culture built upon employee wellbeing, strong and equitable relational dynamics, and ultimately, improved quality of service.
Elizabeth is a Knowledge Philanthropist with Vantage Point in Vancouver, BC; an organization serving the needs of non-profits throughout BC.
Burnout Doesn’t Have To Be An Inevitibility
What Is The Conscious Service Approach?
Relationships are the fabric of all the helping professions. But it isn’t just the people accessing services who benefit from these connections – it’s the helping professionals, too. The Conscious Service Approach provides these individuals with the tools to benefit from the transformational relationships they encounter in the workplace and the means to find the fulfillment that attracted them to vocations of service in the first place.
The approach is interconnected and fluid creating a space for personalized introspection, integration, and implementation. Creating a bridge between the personal and the professional, the Conscious Service Approach, becomes a container for all the tools, techniques, theories, and approaches of your unique profession, all the while centering the role of self as integral to the quality of service delivery and your experience of joy and fulfillment in the process.
Each of these components serves as an entry-point, influencing and influenced by the others.
Self-connection is the most intuitive entry-point because it’s the realization of your true self that deepens your capacity for enlightened communication – one of the foundational pillars for creating transformative relationships. In turn, these elements directly impact your experience when co-creating community.
When you engage with the Conscious Service Approach, each component builds upon the other while also providing opportunities for expansion in other areas. For example, enlightened communication will not only enhance the capacity for transformative relationships but will also create more opportunities to elevate self-connection.
The dynamic and active ingredient in the center of the approach is self-reflective practice; all the ways that you engage in activities or processes that bring you back to yourself even as you walk in the world of service.
The Conscious Service Approach is a process designed to help integrate all aspects of professional engagement to deepen experiences of authenticity, fulfillment, enthusiasm, and peace! It is not a step by step process – there is no right or wrong way to engage – it is an evolving and fluid way of being, serving, and responding.
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