Tuesday, March 15: Muller Veterinary Hospital/The Canine Rehabilitation Center
Walnut Creek, CA
12:30pm – 2:30 pm
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Animal Welfare Professions
Studies show veterinarians have very high levels of compassion fatigue. With the recent death of Dr. Sophia Yin, a well-loved and respected veterinarian and behaviorist, members of the profession are asking how someone as dedicated, intelligent, and productive could have taken her own life. 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, veterinarians will be able to practice self-care daily, and aid their staff members in doing the same. These new habits will allow these dedicated and committed workers to continue to share their compassion and talents with the animals they love and respect.
Trainings are closed to the public.
Friday, March 25: Region 10 Education Service Center
9:00am – 3:00 pm
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Education
This all day workshop provides a basic understanding of compassion fatigue, its symptoms, causes and how to begin the healing process. It is not uncommon for educators and counselors to suffer high levels of compassion fatigue due to the intense and emotional support they provide to students on a daily basis. This, combined with the pressures in education today, puts helpers at-risk not only for compassion fatigue, but stress and burnout as well. The main focus of the workshop is to “jumpstart” both personal and professional self-care in order to lessen the effects of compassion fatigue and on-the-job trauma experienced during the workday. Participants will leave with a blueprint for creating a Self-Care plan and resources to aid in continuing to educate themselves about compassion fatigue in the helping professions.
Not open to the public.
Friday, March 31: Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR)/Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee Conference (IACUC)
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in the Biomedical Research Professions
The use of animals in the biomedical research profession is a complex and highly regulated field. Each spring, NWABR hosts a Regional IACUC Conference to serve the needs of its local constituents. Due to high levels of compassion fatigue in this field, CFAP will present a training for those who work locally, but also for all those working within the global field of animal care and use. Through education and dialogue, NWABR is dedicated to promoting the public's trust in biomedical research and its ethical conduct toward the use of animals in research. Their diverse membership spans academic, industry, nonprofit research institutes, healthcare, and voluntary health organizations.
Open to NWABR and PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research) members. To learn more, go to www.nwabr.org
Saturday and Sunday, April 9 & 10: Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
9:00am – 3:00pm and 9:00am – 11:00am
Managing Compassion Fatigue - How to Achieve Wellness: Body, Mind, and Spirit
Studies show veterinarians and their associates experience very high levels of compassion fatigue. This two-day presentation will include an overview of compassion fatigue, 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 wellness – body, mind and spirit.
Training is closed to the public.
Friday, April 14: Behavioral Health Conference
Jefferson City, MO
8:30am – 10:00am
Managing Compassion Fatigue: The Power of Mindfulness with Purpose, Presence and Peace.
Healthcare is challenging today. Due to the constantly changing environment, the intensity of the cases, and the workload itself, a day’s labor in a hospital can be daunting, especially for those who work in the behavioral health field. In order to continue to do the work they choose to do, hospital staff must not only “talk the talk” but they must “walk the walk” when it comes to practicing authentic, sustainable self care daily. This presentation is aimed at inpatient psychiatric hospital providers, who undeniably are at-risk for high levels of compassion fatigue. By practicing mindfulness, helpers can build their resiliency skills, master their emotions, and lessen the effects of their trauma, while still providing compassionate, quality care to those they serve.
This presentation is close to the public.
Monday, April 18: Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services
Santa Clara, CA
9:00am – 12:00pm
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Behavioral Health Services
This workshop provides a basic understanding of compassion fatigue, its symptoms, causes and how to begin the healing process. It is not uncommon for behavioral services clinicians and caregivers to suffer high levels of compassion fatigue due to the intense and emotional support they provide to others on a daily basis. This, combined with the pressures our society faces concerning mental health issues, puts helpers at-risk not only for compassion fatigue, but stress and burnout, as well. The main focus of the workshop is to “jumpstart” both personal and professional self-care in order to lessen the effects of compassion fatigue and on-the-job trauma experienced during the workday.
This presentation is closed to the public.
Friday, April 22: Second Harvest Food Bank
San Jose, CA
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue
Working with underserved and disenfranchised populations can create an emotionally intense environment for those who serve others. The scope of society’s challenges with those who are food insecure are overwhelming and can affect a helper – staff or volunteer – and raise compassion fatigue levels for those at-risk for the secondary traumatic stress syndrome. But there is help. With a sound authentic, sustainable self-care plan, helpers can learn to put their own needs first in order to sustain resources – energy, time, compassion – to continue the work they choose to do.
This training is not open to the public.
May 13, 2016: Second Harvest Food Bank: Putting People First Partnership Conference
Oracle, Redwood Shores, CA
10am – 11am
Workshop I: Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue
Caring too much can hurt when caregivers experience high levels of compassion fatigue due to the support they provide to those who are hungry and suffering. The first portion of this two-part workshop provides an overview of compassion fatigue, its symptoms and causes, and how self-care practices pave the path to wellness.
11:15am – 12:30pm
Workshop II: Self-Care Strategies for Combating Compassion Fatigue
A brief overview of compassion fatigue will be presented followed by healing strategies that promote authentic, sustainable self-care. Armed with a list of ways to “jumpstart” their personal and professional healing process, participants will leave the workshop understanding that it is possible to care for themselves while continuing to Put People First.
This conference is not open to the public.
Wednesday, June 1: Missouri Center for Nursing Annual Summit
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Session 1
2:45pm – 4:15pm: Session 2
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in the Nursing Profession
Caring too much can hurt. This is especially true in the nursing profession where 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. While preparing nurses to lead change, engage in lifelong learning, lead collaborative improvement efforts and increasing knowledge of mental and behavioral health issues increases the possibility of more successful outcomes, none of these extraordinary efforts will come to fruition if high levels of compassion fatigue are present in the nurses themselves and the organizations where they serve. These two sessions focus on compassion fatigue, its definition, symptoms, causes, and how to begin the holistic healing process – body, mind, and spirit. Traveling this self-care healing path allows nurses to hone the coping skills necessary to continue to do the caregiving work they choose to do.
This summit is closed to the public.
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