by Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC.
As a compassion fatigue specialist, I have the privilege of travelling across North America each month, meeting helping professionals of all stripes: nurses, social workers, physicians, police officers, lawyers, and a myriad of others who work in high touch situations with individuals with complex needs.
Sometimes I’m offering a lunchtime keynote, and in other instances a half or full day workshop. During these trainings, participants explore the many-layered challenges of their jobs, exploring their struggles with insufficient resources, inadequate pay, secondary trauma exposure, compassion fatigue and the risks of burnout. Working in this field can be tough when there isn’t enough to go around, and we acknowledge that in our work together.
Understandably, overwhelmed and depleted helping professionals also want solutions when they come to our training and they frequently ask challenging questions: “can we prevent this?”, “What about my workplace, aren’t they responsible for providing a healthy work environment?”, “What can I do when my caseload has doubled in the past three years?”