Walking the Walk: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue

Venue: Metro-Central YMCA

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Dec 05, 2005 End Date/Time: Dec 05, 2005
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2005
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Each day, helping professionals are exposed to painful material through contact with clients. In addition, people in need are seeking help in record numbers, and fewer helpers are doing more of the work. This can lead to an atmosphere of hopelessness, low morale, and cynicism in the workplace. Helpers report feeling drained and exhausted and experience difficulty separating work life from personal life. As a result, the helping profession is now at its highest risk for compassion fatigue and burnout.

Robin Cameron and Fran├žoise Mathieu have seen first-hand the personal toll that caring for individuals in distress can have on helpers. Their aim is to offer this inspiring and practical workshop to helping professionals, with a focus on wellness and creative strategies to mitigate the impact of compassion fatigue and job stress.

"Walking the Walk" will challenge participants to make a meaningful personal commitment to renewed hope and improved self-care. This workshop will explore assumptions about compassion fatigue and the organizational and personal barriers that helpers face in their daily lives, and will offer new and creative approaches to transforming this occupational hazard.

You will learn:
- About the complexities of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
- To identify personal triggers and contributing factors
- To evaluate self-care and target areas for prevention and healing
- To create a personalized strategic plan for identifying and treating compassion fatigue


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