Saturday, September 21: Ladies of Charity USA National Conference
San Jose, CA
Volunteers and Compassion Fatigue
Volunteers open their hearts to the organization of their choice. This generous gift of time and talent is always offered with the best intentions. But all too often, a volunteer will donate her gifts without expressing her personal boundaries and end up exhausted, overworked, and depleted. If this pattern continues over time, a set of symptoms known as compassion fatigue can surface. Volunteers, much like professional helpers, will experience symptoms such as isolation, emotional outbursts, recurring nightmares of traumatic events, substance abuse, and unresolved physical ailments, among others. In order to begin the healing process and learn to manage compassion fatigue symptoms, a volunteer must practice authentic, sustainable self-care daily, without fail. If stress and burnout are also present, removing herself from the volunteer obligation may be a necessary step toward healing.
To register for the conference, go to: www.ladiesofcharity.us/assembly
Thursday, October 3: Integrated Care Leadership Network
El Camino Hospital, Mt View, CA
Positive Conversations™ Workshop
Develop a new level of skill in communicating positively and powerfully to negotiate conflict, resolve problems, and reduce workplace toxicity. In the afternoon of this full day workshop, you will learn about compassion fatigue, its definition, symptoms, and how compassionate conversations and interactions can lead to healing individuals and the organization.
To learn more and register, go to www.myicln.org
Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30: Petsmart Charities
Compassion Fatigue in Animal Caregiving
All webinars 4 – 5 pm (PDT)
October 16: 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 webinar 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.
October 23: Creating a Compassion Fatigue Self-Care Plan
This webinar offers a blueprint for traveling the path to wellness. We’ll explore the difference between compassion fatigue, stress, and burnout, as well as become familiar with the Four Stages most workers experience as they enter the animal welfare world. You will receive suggestions to create your own Self-Care plan to promote wellness and healthy caregiving. The dynamics of compassion satisfaction will be introduced and how raising levels of compassion satisfaction can help lower levels of compassion fatigue. When this happens, we are then able to continue to do the animal advocacy work we love and is so badly needed in our world today.
October 30: Compassion Fatigue and the Animal Welfare Organization
In the last part of the series, organizational compassion fatigue will be explored. When the majority of the managers and staff suffer the symptoms of compassion fatigue, the organization itself takes on the distinct symptoms of organizational compassion fatigue. Information will be shared on how to recognize the symptoms, causes and how to move the organization into a place of productivity and sustainability. In the end, ignoring the effects of organizational compassion fatigue on the staff and volunteers will ultimately affect the animals and their ability to be rehabilitated, cared for properly and last, but certainly not least, their ability to be adopted into loving forever homes.
Registration open to the public. Register at:
Tuesday, November 12: Working Well Together
Advocates for Children and Families
As caregivers we are often stressed, burned out, and even possibly suffering the effects of compassion fatigue, a secondary traumatic stress syndrome. High levels of compassion fatigue can lead to feelings of hopelessness, loneliness and sadness, especially during the holiday season where merriment is everywhere we look. With awareness and knowledge of compassion fatigue, its symptoms and causes, we can begin to understand this caregiver challenge and learn new, healthy ways of coping.
Workshop is closed to the public.
November 24: WildCare
WildCare, San Rafael
Compassion Fatigue in Wildlife Advocacy, Rescue, and Rehabilitation
Add rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife to animal welfare work and you have a recipe for disaster. As advocates for living peacefully with wildlife, animal rescuers are at-risk for high levels of compassion fatigue due to society’s ignorance and misinformation regarding wildlife. Many get so discouraged they leave the profession. Many stay on in hopes of making a difference only to find themselves sinking deeper into burnout and, ultimately, compassion fatigue. But there is hope. With awareness and education about compassion fatigue, its causes and symptoms, rescuers can travel a healing path leading to higher levels of compassion satisfaction on the job. This will allow them to continue to be effective advocates, offer their communities support and training, as well as rehabilitating the animals in their care.
Workshop is closed to the public.
March 1st-4th: 2014 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
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