One-day workshop: Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma Essentials
Developed by Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC.
Compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary trauma are now fairly well recognized terms used to describe the emotional and physical cost of working in highly challenging work environments. Health care, law enforcement, education and community mental health are all high-stress trauma-exposed environments, to name a few.
Service providers often pay an emotional price for doing the work that we do. Some of us hear difficult stories daily and are frequently exposed to traumatic details from the cases we are working on. We are also not always able to help everyone who comes to us for help – the demand often outweighs what we can offer. What is the impact of this work on our own emotional well-being? How does this affect our personal lives, our working relationships and the people that we serve?
This evidence-informed workshop was designed by one of the leaders in the field, Françoise Mathieu. Françoise is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook, a very popular resource for professionals who are looking for a step-by-step guide to identify their sources of stress and develop a concrete action plan to help them stay healthy and engaged in the important work that they do.
This is a highly interactive one day workshop, incorporating a combination of solo, small group and whole group activities, exploring solutions to moral distress, compassion fatigue, traumatic stress and burnout.
Participants will learn:
- The difference between Compassion Fatigue, Secondary/Vicarious Trauma, Moral Distress and Burnout.
- What is the state of the current research on effective interventions for practitioners and teams?
- What are the key Factors that increase risk?
- Early intervention strategies: Establishing Warning Signs for individual practitioners.
- Workplace strategies: what works? Low impact debriefing and grounding techniques before, during and after exposure.
- Mapping out a personal action plan as individuals and teams
Taught by: Co-founder Françoise Mathieu, TEND Associates Cambria Rose Walsh, Diana Tikasz, Dr. Mike Condra, Catherine Desjerdans (French only), Valerie Spironello