Burn-Out and Compassion Fatigue

Human Service Providers are highly susceptible to Burn-Out and Secondary Traumatization or Compassion Fatigue. This training brings greater awareness to the causes and supports participants in discovering remedies specific to their situations.

Format: The workshop consists of didactic presentations, experiential activities, and discussions/ processing as it explores the root causes of Burn-Out and Compassion Fatigue for Human Service Providers. The neurobiology of trauma and its effects on the brain may be included. Participants will explore the specific situations and stressors affecting them as well as develop personal and group strategies to provide adequate self-care.

Participants: This workshop is appropriate for professionals working in almost any human service field, regardless of the specific job description.

Outcomes – Participants will be able to:

  • describe the root causes of Burn-Out and Compassion Fatigue;
  • assess the major causes of their own stressors within the workplace; and,
  • articulate a personal self-care plan.

Logistics: This training can be offered as a half- or full-day workshop with 3-6 hours of workshop time. If the exploration of the neurobiology of trauma is included, a full day is needed. Space needs include a room that is large enough to accommodate the people involved that has movable chairs with tables off to the side. We also need a blackboard or whiteboard and appropriate chalk/ markers.