Put Your Oxygen Mask on First: Practicing Self-Care When Faced With Compassion Fatigue

Tanisha L. Knighton | September 22 | 1:30-2:30 PM | Room 3010A

For those working in the helping professions, compassion fatigue is as common as turbulence during a windy flight. In order to address this turbulence, one must develop self-care strategies and warning systems to let them know they are moving into the caution zone, and the oxygen masks will soon deploy. Prevention and self-care can best happen when professionals are able to distinguish between and identify personal and professional vulnerabilities. This interactive workshop will help professionals renew their passion and commitment to the field and their work.
Presentation Objectives:

·       Explain the difference between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder, and burnout

·       Discuss the shifts that occur on a personal level of functioning and ways to prevent negative effects by identifying opportunities for self-care

·       Explain how to identify personal and professional factors that place one at greater risk of compassion fatigue

·       Discuss the impact compassion fatigue has on job performance, personal coping skills, and job/life satisfaction.

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