Speaking Engagements


2016

 

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
Richardson, TX

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)
Bellevue, WA

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
Madison, WI

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

Time: TBA

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

10:00am – 11:00am

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
Columbia, MO

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.

 

Tuesday, August 9: U.S. Forest Service Department of Conflict Management & Prevention
Online Presentation

10:00am – 11:00am

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Conflict Management and Prevention managers who also practice Alternative Dispute Resolutions can be at risk for high levels of compassion fatigue. This is due to the intense emotions and skills necessary to resolve disputes with conflicting opinions and perspectives.  When a resolution cannot be reached, mediators and facilitators can be left with lasting trauma. Letting Go and self care strategies can help lower both the risk of compassion fatigue and stress on the job.

 Not open to the public.

 

Saturday, September 17: TEDx San Juan Island 2016
San Juan Community Theater
Friday Harbor, WA

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project Founder Patricia Smith has been invited to present a TEDx talk on the subject of compassion fatigue. This is the second annual TEDx San Juan Island offering to the community. Watch this spot for further notice!

This event is open to the public.

 

Wednesday, September 21: Christian Hospital Leadership Institute
St Louis, MO

Keynote:  9:45am – 12:00pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Healthcare Leadership

Care providers in hospital leadership positions can suffer high levels of compassion fatigue due to the competitive, intense and emotional environment they face daily. While attending to the bottom line of his or her organization, a committed leader is also responsible for raising patient satisfaction scores as well as supporting and mentoring staff.  Balancing the work involved in the day-to-day functions of a hospital, along with planning and implementing long-term strategic goals, can deplete even the most aware and dedicated care provider. Practicing authentic, sustainable self-care is the path to wellness and success.

The Leadership Institute is not open to the public.

 

Monday-Thursday, September 26-29: Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
New York City, NY

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Studies show animal welfare workers display high levels of compassion fatigue. In an organization such as the ASPCA, the caregiving environment becomes more intense due to the nature of their work in a complex city such as New York. Five presentations during the four days will serve to train managers and staff on the basics of compassion fatigue, it’s definition, symptoms, causes and what managers and staff can do to help lower levels of compassion fatigue and created higher levels of compassion satisfaction.

Not open to the public.

 

Wednesday, Octobter 5: Hospice of San Juan Island
Friday Harbor, WA

5:30pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Volunteers often have high levels of compassion fatigue due to the level of passion with which they offer their time and talents. Working in tandem with staff and leadership takes very special communication skills that are honed over time. Fitting into a “corporate culture” can be daunting, especially for newcomers. Being aware of compassion fatigue and how it can affect our quality of life is imperative even if we are only onsite a few hours a week.

This training is open to Hospice of San Juan Island Volunteers.

 

Thursday, Octobter 6: Department of Social Work, Humboldt State University
Online Training, Humboldt State University

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Caring too much can hurt and when a caregiver is trained in social work this is especially true. Social workers carry extraordinarily heavy workloads and practice their craft in emotionally intense and draining environments. While most caregivers in the helping professions want to be connected to those in their care, social workers seem to feel that being available 24/7 is part of their responsibility. How do we manage to care for ourselves with authentic, sustainable self-care practices while caring for others? It is possible with the appropriate strategies and skills.

 

Thursday, October 13: St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in the Nursing Profession

Nurses are known to be at-risk for compassion fatigue due to the intense and emotional environment in which they work. Not only do they provide care for their patients, but often are called upon to support the patient’s loved ones as well. Two presentations to the nursing staff at St. Luke’s Hospital will serve to educate nurses about compassion fatigue and how they can learn to provide self-care daily that allows them to continue to do the work they are so highly trained to do.

Not open to the public.

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