For the past 15 years, Secondary Trauma specialist and compassion fatigue educator Françoise Mathieu has been exploring tools to help all of us navigate the challenges of sustaining compassion and empathy towards others – both as individuals and professionals. This talk explores ways to find the right balance between caring for others while staying healthy and empathic. Françoise is a Registered Psychotherapist and a compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from over 20+ years as a mental health professional, working as a crisis counsellor and trauma specialist in university counselling, military, law enforcement and other community mental health environments. Françoise is co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health. Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma across North America to thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, child welfare, the criminal justice system and other similar high stress, trauma exposed professions. Françoise is the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several articles and publications. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Rebecca Brown has a Master’s Degree in Social work and her career has spanned 28 years including medical social work, child welfare and domestic violence. For the majority of her career Rebecca was a Child Protection Team Supervisor at the Children’s Aid Society and was a founding member of the Critical Incident Debriefing Team for CAS staff following traumatic work events. She was a provincial trainer for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and taught the curriculum on Wellness and Self Care. Rebecca has recently been appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University.
Rebecca now has a particular interest in Lifestyle Medicine and incorporates this into her practice of Wellness Coaching. Rebecca has been working with Francoise Mathieu and delivering workshops and seminars on the topics of Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue to helping professionals in a variety of social settings to balance the impact of the “cost of caring” for those in need.
We aren’t always as on top of the social media ball as we would like to be here at TEND Academy but we would like to take the time to introduce you to a valued new member of our team, Dr. Mike Condra.
Find his bio here.
I am a huge fan of the Headington Institute, which is a US-based charitable organization whose aim is to provide education, consulting and counselling to humanitarian aid workers and organizations around the globe. Their inspiring and moving vision statement is: “One day, all humanitarian workers will have the personal skills, social support, organizational resources, and public interest needed to maintain their wellbeing and thrive in their work.” Who can argue with that beautiful goal? The Headington Institute provides a wealth of free online training materials. Go check it out by clicking here.
Today, I wanted to share a quick 5 minute video by Clinical Director Dr Don Bosch on “The good and bad news about resilience”.
So, go make yourself a nice cup of tea, and come back to enjoy this important reminder of what it is we need to do to stay afloat.
I worked as a mental health counsellor for a Canadian military base for about a decade. During this time, I saw many soldiers with PTSD – infantrymen, pilots, intelligence officers and other trades, all of whom had been exposed to unspeakable horrors in war-torn countries such as Rwanda, Afghanistan and Bosnia. Many of them struggled with nightmares, anxiety, intrusive thoughts and reintegration into the civilian world. Some treatment modalities helped, some did not. At some point, a new military psychiatrist came into town, and all of a sudden I started hearing of clients being referred to hot yoga and mindfulness meditation (MBSR) classes. This, in the early 2000s, was very unusual in our neck of the woods. Read More
Brené Brown touches on elements that are very relevant for anyone struggling with compassion fatigue.
In her first 2010 talk, Brené discusses her research findings on vulnerability. Click here to view.
In the second Ted Talk, Brené talks about shame and about the challenge of dealing with the immense success of her first TED talk. Click here to view. There are some gems in this presentation – watch for the section where she speaks of shame and how men cope, and the other where she discusses the difference between shame and guilt.
Beautiful, moving work based on years of Dr Brown’s research.
View a free video with Cheryl Richardson talking about her use of EFT (emotional Freedom Technique) tapping technique, living on adrenaline and stress. To view the video, you need to provide your email address but otherwise the viewing is free. Click here for video.
A dear colleague of mine, David Whitley, produced this wonderful and touching 10 minute Youtube video: Behind the Mask where he shares his reflections on traumatic stress as a paramedic.
If you have a few minutes, take a look at this captivating scientist practitioner talk about the connection between your endocrine system and the four phases of your body in a monthly cycle. Fascinating.
If you still have time and want to watch a wildly entertaining video on the need for women to reconnect with pleasure (yes, that kind, but also other kinds of pleasures), watch Mama Gena’s Ted talk. She’s a vibrant, inspiring whole lot of woman! Imagine if I made my entrance at one of my workshops like she does! 🙂
Let me know what you thought of those two inspiring videos.
Wishing you a happy, sane enough, full enough, calm enough week.