Up to 6 CE credits available
How to register: www.nedtc.org
Compassion in Balance: Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Animal Care Workers
Compassion Fatigue is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people or animals. It is an occupational hazard for animal care professionals, as well as volunteers. When not understood or managed properly, Compassion Fatigue can have a serious impact on our well-being and our performance in the workplace.
We need to be well to do good work. This workshop will cover six strategies and a number of tools we can use to transform and manage our experience of compassion fatigue, so that we may continue doing the work that we love and do it well!
The full day seminar identifies what compassion fatigue is, its symptoms, and contributing factors. We then examine stress management and self-care practices, including practical on-the-job techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in discussions, experiential activities, take a self- assessment, reflect and connect with the positive aspects of their work, practice a stress-reduction technique, and set a self-care goal for themselves.
-Become familiar with compassion fatigue concepts, symptoms, and contributing factors
-Identify individual levels of CF and burnout through personal assessment
-Recognize the importance of self-care and learn various stress management techniques
-Practice mindfulness techniques and other reflective activities to build resiliency
-Set a SMART self-care goal to implement after the workshop
-Become familiar with and recognize compassion fatigue symptoms and behaviors in yourself and staff
- Identify your own levels of CF and burnout through personal assessment
-Understand the impact and recognize signs of organizational compassion fatigue
- Learn how to incorporate changes in the workplace to support healthy caregiving
Jessica Dolce is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator via the Green Cross of Traumatology who specializes in supporting staff and volunteers in the animal welfare field through her online classes and workshops. With a background in communications and animal care, Jessica brings more than a decade of experience working on companion animal issues to her classes.