Compassion Fatigue Online Series:
The Opioid Epidemic – Increasing Knowledge and Skills for Behavioral Health ProvidersMay 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 AM MDT / 11:30 AM -12:30 PM CDT
Compassion fatigue increases stress resulting in lost productivity, staff turnover, and overall poor organizational health. Professionals in behavioral health or “helping profession” settings are at risk for developing secondary traumatic stress, depression, and/or burnout as they attend to others’ needs. Professional’s needs are often overlooked in discussions about addressing compassion fatigue in the workforce. Priorities for clinicians, recovery support specialists, and caregivers are to interact with their clients to promote and model healthy coping behaviors.
This 4-part online series will increase the capacity of behavioral health professionals to address compassion fatigue in the workforce, especially in the wake of the opioid epidemic. Specifically, this online series will investigate compassion fatigue, as well as compassion satisfaction, and provide practical tools to build awareness, self-compassion, and psychological flexibility as they choose a life of service to others.
May 1st, Part I: Compassion Fatigue: How Did We Get Here?
Presenter: Erin Winstanley, Ph.D.
This presentation will provide a brief summary of the mortality associated with the opioid epidemic; describe the impact of the opioid epidemic on first responders, the clinical workforce and communities; and describe responses to address compassion fatigue.
May 8th, Part II: Alleviating Distress: Providing Compassion when Exhausted
Presenter: Kathryn Speck, Ph.D.
The aim of this presentation is to increase the capacity of behavioral health professionals to identify the interrelated components of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and secondary trauma with a focus on strategies that are critical to wellness and increasing resilience.
May 15th, Part III: Compassion Fatigue: Survival Starts Here
Presenter: Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC
Part III will demonstrate and allow the participant to create a plan for protection, identify symptoms, and determine how to seek help if you believe you have compassion fatigue.
May 22nd, Part IV: Creating a Shelter from the Storm: Reflection and Discussion
Presenters: Erin Winstanley, Ph.D., Kathryn Speck, Ph.D., and
Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC
This session will focus on the individual and provide a hands-on interactive experience in topics such as building resilience, routine self-check ins, and practicing healthy habits. Tools to balance the effects of compassion fatigue and a brief resilience scale will be introduced.
For questions about this series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 775-784-6265 to be directed to the correct individual.