Working on Empty:
The Antidote for Compassion Fatigue

CE Live Workshop, LIU Brooklyn NY

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 3 hrs. CE Workshop

Research indicates that the percentage of mental health workers experiencing compassion fatigue may be as high as 67%. Compassion fatigue occurs when mental health providers absorb trauma and emotional stresses of others, creates secondary traumatic stress in the helper. Symptoms include detachment, depersonalization, decreased physical health, depression, anxiety, and impaired memory. Compassion fatigue negatively affects the ability to provide adequate clinical care, and steels inspire passion, drive, and enthusiasm for therapeutic work from providers as tedious, unpleasant thoughts take over.

In this workshop, Mental Health Care Providers will:

  • Learn how compassion fatigue is related to stress and how stress affects the mind, the body, and clinical work
  • Grasp why it is important to prioritize self-care to prevent and combat compassion fatigue
  • Know how to fit self-care into the busiest schedule
  • Experience three simple tools for inner peace that they can begin using immediately
  • Receive access to additional self-care tools to help prevent and combat compassion fatigue

 

Outline of Course or Educational Activity

  • The definition and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and how it is related to stress
  • The physiology of stress – its effects on mind and body
  • The long-term adverse effects of stress
  • The effects of stress on the ability to do therapeutic work
  • Exercise designed to help participants identify their signs of compassion fatigue
  • Exercise designed to help participants identify what they are already doing to combat compassion fatigue
  • Exercise designed to help participants identify new self-care tools to prevent and combat compassion fatigue 

Learning Objectives of Educational Activity (at least three are needed):

Participants will:

  • Understand the dynamics of compassion fatigue and detail three adverse effects it has on therapeutic work
  • Be able to articulate three ways long-term stress negatively affects the mind and the body
  • Be able to describe four self-care tools to proven effective in preventing or reducing compassion fatigue

How will objectives of Educational Activity be accomplished?

  • Participants will receive a lecture explaining the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and its relationship to stress.
  • Participants will receive a lecture explaining the physiology of stress, including how it affects the mind and the body immediately and long term.
  • A series of interactive exercises will help participants experience and understand self-care tools empirically proven effective in preventing and reducing compassion fatigue by addressing the effects of stress.

 

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