Compassion fatigue, sometimes called vicarious traumatization or secondary
trauma, is a very serious risk to people in the helping professions as well as
anyone with the responsibility of providing care to a person who has experienced
a traumatic event. Individuals in the helping professions, including mental
health, nursing, education, law enforcement and more, are at risk of developing
compassion fatigue due to the high levels of exposure to the suffering of
others. Empathy is part of what makes us good at our work; however, empathy is a
key factor in the development of compassion fatigue. The greater the ability to
empathize and respond to the pain of others, the higher the likelihood of
developing compassion fatigue. While it's usually productive to feel empathy and
compassion for our clients, compassion fatigue is a serious condition that goes
beyond a healthy reaction to cause symptoms of depression, anxiety, chemical
dependency, eating disorders, relational problems, psychological disorders, and
suicide among professional caregivers. Other symptoms include emotional
withdrawal, irritability, avoidance of certain tasks, lack of sleep or appetite,
affective numbness and loss of a sense of humor. As one of the primary causes
for leaving a helping profession, the professional repercussions of compassion
fatigue are very costly as well.
Fortunately, those who experience compassion fatigue find it is usually
alleviated by acknowledging the problem and getting support. This seminar is
designed to help those in helping professions learn coping skills to manage the
distress that builds up from frequent contact with suffering individuals. As a
helper, we want to do what is best for our clients. And, what's best for our
clients, without a doubt, is working with a healthy professional. Arm yourself
with the knowledge to prevent compassion fatigue along with ways to identify and
manage it in order to reclaim the satisfaction, hope and inspiration that led
you to choose this noble career path in the first place.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Review evidence-based treatments and current research findings on the
treatment of compassion fatigue
- Prepare and implement a specific plan for self-care
- Learn why proper self-care is important for maintaining wellness and
- Develop a proactive approach to preventing and combating compassion
fatigue amongst your employees/supervisees
- Define such related concepts as burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious
traumatization and secondary traumatic stress reaction
- Recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue
- Evaluate factors that may increase one's risk of experiencing compassion
- Discuss the ethical importance of proper self-care
- Examine case examples of compassion fatigue and identify the preventative
and interventional methods that could have been helpful in each situation
- Identify appropriate skills and situations in which to use debriefing
- Identify your own symptoms of secondary victimization and discuss
effective coping techniques
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
CATHY GRIGG, Psy.D., licensed as both a psychologist and a
professional counselor in the state of Missouri, is also a member of the
American Psychological Association and Psi Chi National Honor Society for
Psychology. Dr. Grigg is currently an outpatient therapist as well as a clinical
supervisor for doctoral candidates at Pathways Behavioral Health in Lebanon,
Missouri. At Pathways, she sees a diverse client base referred from the Division
of Family Services, schools, the Juvenile Office, Head Start centers, and more.
She is also a presenter at several conferences with a volunteer group that
travels into disaster areas to teach strategies for dealing with trauma,
especially related to children. With this group she has traveled to New Orleans
four times over the past two years to work at the "Promoting Mental Health in
Rebuilding New Orleans" and "Promoting Resiliency and Recovery in Post Katrina
New Orleans" conferences. In addition to this volunteer group, Dr. Grigg is a
regular presenter for a variety of settings, including public radio,
universities, NAMI, Head Start trainings, and more. In past positions, Dr. Grigg
has provided individual and group therapy to a wide array of clients, including
those from the probation and parole system, nursing students, children and
adolescents in residential and acute care facilities, and homeless substance
abusers. Dr. Grigg earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Forest
Institute of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor of Science degree in
psychology with a minor in social work from Missouri State University.
"Dr. Cathy Grigg is an excellent and experienced presenter. She is engaging
and her knowledge is impressive!" - Tessa Coltrin, Psy.D., Lebanon, Missouri
"Dr. Grigg is an exceptional presenter. She does a great job connecting with the
audience and keeping their attention." - Katera Mowry, Psychological Intern,
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Case Managers
- Drug and Alcohol Counselors
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
- Mental Health Nurses
- Emergency Services Personnel
- Disaster Relief Workers
- Child Advocacy/Protective Service Staff
- School Guidance Counselors
- School Psychologists
- Hospice Workers
- Home Health Care Personnel
- Long Term Care and Assisted Living Personnel
- Law Enforcement
- Pastoral Counselor/Clergy
CCMC Approved Activity. The course listed above was completed on September 30,
October 1, 2, 28, 29 or 30, 2009 and is approved for 6 CEUs. Sponsor code:
00059481 Approval number: 00059481-A264. To claim these CEUs, log into your CE
Center account at www.ccmcertification.org.
Cross Country Education is accredited by the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing
education. Provider number: 060313. This program was planned in accordance with
AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards. This
course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education provider #1005, is approved as a provider for social
work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Licensure Boards (ASWB),
through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (approved through
1-27-12). Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Social workers will receive 6 continuing education clock hours for participating
in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state
jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for
licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for more information.
Cross Country Education is a registered social worker continuing education
sponsor approved through the State of Illinois Department of Professional
Regulation (license # 159-000976). This program is offered for six (6) contact
hours of continuing education for social workers. Licensed social workers in
other states should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the
current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by NAADAC Approved Education
Provider Program (Provider #369). This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPô)
and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.
The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Six (6) contact
(clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this program.
Cross Country Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on
This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is a registered marriage and family therapist continuing
education sponsor approved through the State of Illinois Department of
Professional Regulation (license # 168-000172). This program is offered for six
(6) contact hours of continuing education for marriage and family therapist.
Licensed marriage and family therapist in other states should contact their
individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education
requirements for licensure renewal.
Cross Country Education is a registered counselor continuing education sponsor
approved through the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
(license # 197-000144). This program is offered for six (6) contact hours of
continuing education for counselors. Licensed counselors in other states should
contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing
education requirements for licensure renewal.
This program has been approved by the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and
Family Therapy for Wisconsin MFTs for 6 CEUs (Approval #WAMFT809012).
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many
national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save
your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or
organization for specific filing requirements.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM