Speaking Engagements


2015

 

Tuesday, January 13: Kaiser Permanente Nursing Research Program
Oakland, CA

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Caring too much can hurt. This is especially true in the healthcare professions. Nurses are known to have high levels of compassion fatigue due to the intense and personal care they provide daily on behalf of their patients. This one- hour workshop focuses on compassion fatigue, its definition, symptoms, causes, and how to begin the healing process, which allows caregivers to continue to do their work without harming themselves body, mind and spirit.

Not open to the public.

 

Saturday, January 24: California Veterinary Medicine Association Leadership Forum
Embassy Suites, Sacramento, CA

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Medicine Profession

Studies show veterinarians have very high levels of compassion fatigue. With the recent death of Dr. Sophia Yin, a well-loved and respected animal welfare professional, members of the profession are asking how someone as dedicated, intelligent, and productive could have taken her own life. We will explore how high levels of compassion fatigue can lead to fatal outcomes. An overview of compassion fatigue will include the definition, symptoms, causes and how it manifests in those committed to animal welfare. Hopefully, with an awareness of the importance of authentic, sustainable self-care, all those who care so faithfully and compassionately for our dear furry friends will begin the healing process and practice self-care each day to lead them to a place of happiness, peace, and wellness.

Not open to the public.

 

Tuesday, February 10: Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center and Urgent Care
San Ramon, CA

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Medicine Profession

Studies show veterinarians and their associates have very high levels of compassion fatigue. An overview of compassion fatigue will include the definition, symptoms, causes and how it manifests in those committed to animal welfare. Hopefully, with an awareness of the importance of authentic, sustainable self-care, all those who care so faithfully and compassionately for our dear furry friends will begin the healing process and practice self-care each day to lead them to a place of happiness, peace, and wellness.

Not open to the public.

 

Tuesday, February 24: National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault and Violence
Doubletree Hotel, Berkeley

presented by University of California, Berkeley
hosted by Janet Napolitano, President, UC Berkeley

10:45am – 12pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Work-related trauma can put service providers and caregivers at risk for the secondary traumatic stress syndrome known as compassion fatigue. Symptoms such as isolation, emotional outbursts, physical ailments, recurring nightmares, among others, can signal stress, burnout and compassion fatigue. Working on campus in the area of sexual assault and violence can be personally challenging. Healing is possible if one recognizes and learns to manage the symptoms by practicing self-care on a daily basis.

Conference is open to the public.

For more information and to register for the conference, go to:

http://csav.berkeley.edu

 

Friday, March 13: Ed-U-CARE Dallas
Dallas, Texas

8:30 – 10:30 am

Compassion Fatigue Symposium 2015: The Power of Mindfulness with Purpose, Presence and Peace

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Elderly services providers that constantly face heart-wrenching, challenging situations can eventually develop high levels of compassion fatigue. The symptoms are often distressing and depressive and can include isolation from others, emotional outbursts, physical ailments, or recurring nightmares. But healing is possible, even on the job. Participants will learn how to recognize the syndrome and develop authentic, sustainable tools for taking better care of themselves while providing quality, compassionate care to those in their care.

Open to the public.
More information to follow.

 

Thursday, April 2: Guide Dogs for the Blind
San Rafael, CA

1:30 – 3:30pm

Recognizing an Managing Compassion Fatigue

Studies show animal welfare workers display high levels of compassion fatigue. In an organization such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, the caregiving environment becomes more intense due to the nature of their work. Guide Dogs for the Blind is an industry-leading guide dog school that brings the visually impaired, trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, and staff together to create a successful and effective high level of customer service. The two hour presentation will include an overview of compassion fatigue, the definition, symptoms, causes and how it manifests in those committed to animal welfare. With an awareness of the importance of authentic, sustainable self-care, all those involved in this unique organization will learn to practice self-care so they can continue to do the amazing work they do each day.

Not open to the public.

 

Wednesday, April 29: The Marine Mammal Center
Sausalito, CA

7:00 – 9:00pm

Studies show animal welfare workers from veterinarians to the administrative assistants host very high levels of compassion fatigue. This is especially true during times of work-related trauma such as what the Marine Mammal Center has been experiencing with providing care to the devastated California seal lion pups. This 2 hour presentation will include a one hour tutorial overview to define compassion fatigue, its symptoms, causes and how it manifests in those committed to animal welfare.  The presentation will be followed by a one-hour panel discussion, which will allow participants to ask questions and seek solutions to creating wellness in their environment.

Presentation is not open to the public.

 

Tuesday, May 12: San Francisco Animal Care and Control
San Francisco, CA

1:30 – 3:30pm
4:30 – 6:00pm

A large city humane society such as SFACC brings together high levels of diversity among its staff from veterinarians to field officers to animal care attendants. Together, they must find solutions to their challenges and find ways to raise levels of compassion satisfaction while lowering levels of compassion fatigue. Staff also works with volunteers and community members to raise awareness of animal welfare to the city and bring in the needed venue as well. The first two hours of this presentation will be a basic compassion fatigue workshop for staff members; the second hour and a half will be devoted to SFACC volunteers and the good work they bring to the organization.

These presentations are in conjunction with SFACC’s Staff Development Day and are not open to the public.

 

Monday, June 1: Humane Society of Yuma
Yuma, AZ

9:00am – 12:00pm

Animal welfare workers are known for having high levels of compassion fatigue. Society’s disregard for animals and their care often translates to shelter, rescue, and hospital environments by way of abuse, hoarding and mistreatment of our beloved furry friends. The first two-hour training aids animal caregivers in becoming knowledgeable about compassion fatigue, a secondary traumatic stress syndrome, and how it manifests in our lives. The second hour and a half will be devoted to the kennel staff that is responsible for euthanizing animals as part of their job. Hopefully, once there is an awareness of the underpinnings of compassion fatigue, these dedicated workers can then move forward and apply authentic, sustainable self-care practices to manage the symptoms and promote healing.

Trainings are closed to the public.     

 

Saturday, June 6: The Animal Place Sanctuary Conference
Grass Valley, CA

Time TBA

Theme: Putting Your Compassion into Action

Self Care and Compassion Fatigue

The first Farmed Animal Conference is being held at The Animal Place in Grass Valley. This organization rescues abused and neglected farm animals, advocates for their rights and educates the public about the proper care of animals. Caring for farmed animals presents trauma-related situations daily in the lives of the caregivers. Society’s disregard for farmed animals leads to high levels of compassion fatigue for those who do this noble work. Self care daily is the best medicine for those who might find themselves disheartened by the unending difficulties they meet day in, day out.

To learn more about The Animal Place, go to www.theanimalplace.orgMore conference information will be posted soon.

 

Monday, July 13: Contra Costa County Veterinary Medicine Association Dinner Meeting
Lafayette Park Hotel
Lafayette, CA

8:00 - 9:15 pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Medicine Profession

Studies show veterinarians and their associates have very high levels of compassion fatigue. An overview of compassion fatigue will include the definition, symptoms, causes and how it manifests in those committed to animal welfare. Hopefully, with an awareness of the importance of authentic, sustainable self-care, all those who so diligently and compassionately minister to animals will lower their levels of compassion fatigue and raise their levels of compassion satisfaction – which is defined by the satisfaction they receive for the work they do on behalf of the animals in their care and their human companions.

By invitation only.


September 18-19: Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) Annual Conference
Cleveland, OH

Site and times TBA

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Client & Professional

ICD offers education, research and strategies to benefit people challenged by chronic disorders such as ADD, and ADHD, along with other challenges such as aging and mental health issues. It is common for both the client and the professional to display symptoms of compassion fatigue due to the intense work they perform together. Presentation will include self-care practices for the professionals so they can continue to provide this necessary service to those in need, and also ways for them to communicate effectively to their clients about compassion fatigue and how they, too, can learn to lower their levels of the secondary traumatic stress syndrome.

To learn more about ICD and the conference, go to www.challengingdisorganization.org

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