Speaking Engagements

 

2014

 

Wednesday, Jan 29 and Feb 26: Alameda City Animal Services
Alameda, CA

Trainings 10 - 11am

Compassion Fatigue and the Animal Welfare Worker

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. This one hour training aids animal caregivers in becoming knowledgeable about compassion fatigue, a secondary traumatic stress syndrome, and how it manifests in our lives. Once we understand the underpinnings of compassion fatigue, we can then move forward and apply authentic, sustainable self-care practices to manage the symptoms and promote healing.

Trainings are closed to the public.

 

Thursday, February 20, May 22, August 21 and November 20: Hayward Animal Shelter
Hayward, CA

Quarterly trainings 10am – 12pm

Compassion Fatigue and the Animal Welfare Worker
This quarterly training will travel the compassion fatigue awareness path from educating staff about compassion fatigue – its definition, symptoms, and causes to creating a framework for change. First, emphasis will be on the individual and what constitutes change and healing. Organizational compassion fatigue will then be discussed and how the animal welfare organization can help staff and volunteers to focus on higher levels of compassion satisfaction, which is the pleasure we derive from the work we choose to do. Ultimately, a healing plan will be created specific to the Hayward Animal Shelter culture with focus on creating a workplace environment fostering healthy workers.

Quarterly trainings are closed to the public.

 

March 1st-4th: California Animal Care Conference
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, CA

Saturday, March 1: Pre conference session 10 – 4 pm
         
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Animal Caregiving (closed to the public)


Monday, March 3: Managing Compassion Fatigue in Staff (open to the public)

California Animal Control Directors Association and California Veterinary Medicine Association join together annually to present this comprehensive conference for animal welfare workers. Shelter professionals can be at-risk for high levels of compassion fatigue due to the work they do on a daily basis. Learning to recognize and manage the symptoms is the first step toward creating a healthy environment for both humans and animals, as well. When management works together with staff to elevate levels of compassion satisfaction (that is the pleasure we derive from the work we do), they affect positive outcomes for our furry friends and also increase the bottom line.

To register for the conference, go to www.animalcareconference.org

Saturday, March 1: Closed to the public

Sunday, March 2: Open to conference participants

 

Tuesday, March 11: California Sexual Assault Investigators Association/California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center Joint Training Conference
Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach, CA

10:00am – 4:30 pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Medical, law enforcement and social services professionals face trauma daily in the care they provide to victims of interpersonal violence and abuse. Our culture of violence and the toll it takes on the victims and their helpers permeates the work they do, creating a workplace riddled with rules, regulations, and structure.  Through no fault of their own, these highly-trained professionals are required to adapt to a controlled environment counter to the flexibility and creativity needed to build resiliency to lessen the effects of the trauma exposure response they experience day in, day out. Breaking through the wall of defense and denial it is possible to alleviate the risk of compassion fatigue. Through education, caregivers working in these highly volatile and emotional environments can learn to recognize and manage compassion fatigue in ways that will sustain their efforts and aid in the healing of the victims; thus bringing a higher level of compassion satisfaction to themselves and their work.

To learn more about the conference, go to www.csaia.org

 

Friday, March 21: San Jose Animal Care Services
San Jose, CA

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in the Workplace

Animal welfare workers are known for having high levels of compassion fatigue. Society's disregard for animals and their care often translates to shelter work by way of abuse, hoarding, and mistreatment of these wonderful creatures. Animal lovers often enter into this profession with no warning that the daily stress can easily lead to burnout and ultimately compassion fatigue. Healing from the symptoms of compassion fatigue is possible, but authentic, sustainable self-care practices are mandatory. Leadership in animal welfare organizations must take full responsibility for designing and implementing corporate programs that create an environment conducive to creating employee wellness. Once this occurs, it is possible to lower compassion fatigue levels while simultaneously raising compassion satisfaction levels. This balance will keep workers returning each day to educate our society on the joys animals bring into our lives.

Not open to the public.

 

Tuesday, April 30: Napa County Animal Shelter and Adoption Services
Napa, CA

Training 9 - 11 am
                       
Managing Compassion Fatigue in Animal Welfare Staff

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. This two hour training aids animal caregivers in becoming knowledgeable about compassion fatigue, a secondary traumatic stress syndrome, and how it manifests in our lives and in the workplace. Once we understand the underpinnings of compassion fatigue, we can then move forward and apply authentic, sustainable self-care practices to manage the symptoms and promote healing.

Trainings are closed to the public.

 

Monday, May 5: Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers/Oklahoma Assisted Living Association Conference
Embassy Suites, Norman, Oklahoma

12:30pm  - 5pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue


Providing health care to members of our communities is difficult work at best, but providing care to the elderly and infirm presents new and demanding challenges. With a large number of our population aging and the changes in health care due to the Affordable Care Act, helpers in the assisted living and home health care professions must adapt and thrive in ever-changing environments. Change is not always easy and when compassion fatigue is present in staff and associates, the task takes on a new level of hardship. With knowledge and understanding of compassion fatigue, its symptoms and causes, helpers can begin to create authentic, sustainable self-care practices that will carry them through the ups and downs of the work they do daily. It is possible to provide self-care while caring for others.  The key is in creating a  personal plan of action to build resiliency and elevate levels of compassion satisfaction.

To learn more about the conference, go to www.oahcp.org 

 

Tuesday, May 13: Marianist Center Health Care Teams Retreat
Marianist Center, Cupertino, CA

9:30am – 12:30pm

Compassion Fatigue in Health Care

The ever-changing health care environment is challenging to caregivers across the board – leadership, physicians, nurses, staff members, and the patients themselves. But one of the most challenging aspects of the health care reform we are experiencing in the U.S. is to those who define their health care organization as a ministry. Their emphasis on healing the whole person - body, mind and spirit – must raise the level of their compassion response to promote healing and fulfill their mission of providing holistic care. This three-hour retreat will focus on raising levels of compassion satisfaction, developing empathic discernment, understanding the need for self-accountability, and serving others from the heart.

Retreat is closed to the public.

 

Monday, June 23: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN)
Queen¹s Square, London, England

Managing Compassion Fatigue in Palliative Medicine Caregivers

Compassion Fatigue levels in caregivers who serve patients with chronic progressive neurological conditions can be elevated due to the fact that patients tend to be under care for longer and have high levels of physical disability, communication problems and deteriorating cognition. Palliative medicine can achieve some progress and rehabilitation, but the task of maintaining healthy levels of emotional, spiritual and psychological resiliency in patients is in the hands of the caregivers. Hope and help is available with an awareness of compassion fatigue, its symptoms and causes. Successfully navigating the path to sustainable healing begins with the individual caregivers and extends out to the professional team as a whole.

To learn more about NHNN, go to www.uclh.nhs.uk

 

Thursday, September 18: Daughters of Charity Health System Leadership Formation
Seton Provincialate, Los Altos Hills, CA

Tuesday, September 30: Daughters of Charity Health System Leadership Formation
TBA Los Angeles, CA

Suffering and Compassion Fatigue in Health Care

At the core of Compassion Fatigue is pain and suffering. As health care leaders, it is important for associates to understand and accept that suffering is a part of life. But when caregivers provide care to others without practicing authentic, sustainable self-care daily, the symptoms of compassion fatigue can surface. If compassion fatigue is not kept in check within an organization, the organization itself can display the symptoms of the disorder. When this happens, this mission to care for others, especially the sick and disenfranchised can lost its ability to motivate and energize workers, leading to many to abandon the work they once loved.

This is a closed workshop. No registration available.

 

Tuesday, November 11: Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA

Time: TBD

Compassion Fatigue in the Nursing Profession


As health care reform takes effect, nurses are experiencing new levels of stress and compassion fatigue. As front line caregivers, their responsibilities to their patients, physicians and health care leadership continue to change and expand. This training will include basic compassion fatigue information with emphasis on honing communication and decision-making skills. Ways to raise levels of compassion satisfaction on the job will be explored, as well as understanding the need for new modes of creating productive teams with leadership, physicians and their colleagues.

Training is closed to the public.

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