Beyond Kale and Pedicures…What works to manage compassion fatigue?

Every day this week, we are sharing with you some highlights of the upcoming Compassion Fatigue Care4You Conference June 3-4th, 2014.

The conference will open with a presentation called Beyond Kale and Pedicures….What Works to Manage Compassion Fatigue? with Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed, CCC. Compassion Fatigue Specialist and author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook”

Since the mid 1990s, an entire new industry of wellness has emerged: workshops, books, retreats and videos, all aiming to assist professional caregivers and other helping professionals reduce compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Many workplaces jumped on the bandwagon early and started encouraging self-help strategies in their staff. Human resource departments began running workshops for staff on healthy eating, work-life balance and “stress busting”. Some organizations implemented regular fitness breaks and staff appreciation days.

Sounds great, right? The problem is that it didn’t really work – many staff stayed away, rates of burnout did not decrease significantly and staff morale continued its downward spiral. To be fair, it made sense for workplaces to focus on self-care – it was inexpensive, easily implemented and it didn’t require major systemic change. It was something concrete they could do. But maybe the solution to compassion fatigue and burnout is a little more complicated…

This presentation will discuss new research which suggests that in order to reduce compassion fatigue and burnout, we need to adopt a multi-pronged approach. Helpers, on their own, cannot be expected to fix an entire system. They do however remain responsible for their own well-being – it is an ethical responsibility, for themselves, their clients and the community in which they live.

So, how do we make this work? Join us for an exploration of where we are at, 20 years after the birth of this field.

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5 Responses to Beyond Kale and Pedicures…What works to manage compassion fatigue?

  1. Françoise says:

    Dear Betsy, thanks for your post and for your comments on EFT also. I plan on offering a webinar in the new year on the topic of my keynote. I will send out an email when it launches. Best regards! Françoise

  2. Françoise says:

    Dear Val, thank you for your email. I do travel around quite a bit, but it is normally for in house trainings. I am presenting in Toronto May 27th for the Hincks Dellcrest, and was in Toronto last November with Leading Edge Seminars. As far as the annual conference is concerned, that is currently only being held in Kingston although we are exploring possibly taking it a bit more on the road. You can also access some of our trainings via the web, such as our intro course and the train the trainer program. I am planning on offering “Beyond Kale…” in the Fall as a web-based training program. If you have enough people in your community interested, I would also be happy to come to you. Stay in touch and thank you for your support!

  3. Val Phillips says:

    I have attended one of your workshops when you came to southern Ontario. It was very helpful. Unfortunately due to the distance to Kingston and timing it is very difficult to attend your workshops. I have tried and am not able to get the time away from work approved. I feel your workshops are right on track with what is needed but the ability to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge you have to offer is difficult to access at this point in time. Have you thought of any other options to make your programs reach out beyond Kingston to connect with more people?

    Keep up the good work….it is needed in our fast paced world.

    Val Phillips – teacher of Special Education

  4. Betsy Payne says:

    Hey Francoise, I am unable to attend this year’s conference. Again. I will be very interested to hear this information and learn more about what you have found out from your work this year. Is this offered in one of your current webinars that I have not yet taken or might there be a way to see a video of your presentation and some of the other sessions at the conference?

    Thanks for all your hard work, Betsy

  5. I am interested in finding out if there will be workshops offered in Alberta? in particular Edmonton, Alberta.
    if not, would we be able to purchase the manual?

    Thank you

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