Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Workshop
Compassion fatigue can strike the most caring and dedicated helping professionals. Dr. Charles Figley, world renowned trauma expert and pioneer researcher in the field of helper burnout, has called compassion fatigue a “disorder that affects those who do their work well” (1995). It is characterized by deep emotional and physical exhaustion, symptoms resembling depression and PTSD, and by a shift in the helper’s sense of hope and optimism about the future and the value of their work. It has been shown that, when we are suffering from compassion fatigue, we work more rather than less. What suffers is our health, our relationship with others, our personal lives and eventually our clients. Helpers may become dispirited and increasingly cynical at work, lose a respectful stance towards their clients and contribute to a toxic work environment. These changes can affect both their personal and professional lives with symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, intrusive imagery, loss of hope, exhaustion and irritability. It can also lead to profound shifts in the way helpers view the world and their loved ones.
In this workshop you will learn practical self-regulation, resiliency and prevention skills critical to reclaiming the satisfaction, hope and inspiration of professional care giving. Participants will understand contributing factors, be able to identify signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout in themselves and others, and be provided with tools for prevention. Opportunity will be provided to develop a personal self-care plan. This workshop is geared towards all helping professionals, including social workers, psychologists, nurses, counsellors, housing and employment officers, youth workers, residential care workers, community and youth workers and others.
Please contact our office at 780-791-1757 for more information on this workshop.
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