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Combating Compassion Fatigue Workshop

Those of us who work with or care for animals have likely witnessed, heard about, or experienced traumatic situations — from euthanasia to animal abuse to pet overpopulation. Chronic exposure to these stressors can take a heavy toll on our personal lives, our relationships, and our job performance. It can affect us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, leading to what’s called compassion fatigue, or “the cost of caring.”

What if there was a way to help your staff combat compassion fatigue and build resilience? This unique training allows your employees and/or volunteers to gain valuable tools to help them manage compassion fatigue, which in turn can lead to improved work performance, less sick days, decreased turnover, and ultimately, better care of the animals.

This interactive self-care workshop is geared toward all animal professionals, including shelter staff, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, euthanasia techs, rescue workers, volunteers, foster parents, wildlife rehabilitators, management, support staff, and all others involved in animal welfare.

We’ll explore topics such as:

  • Defining compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma

  • Knowing the warning signs — could you be at risk?

  • Learning how to prevent, manage, and overcome compassion fatigue

  • Developing stress management and self-care skills

  • Turning compassion fatigue into compassion satisfaction

*The workshop lasts approximately one-and-a-half to two hours, depending on audience size and participation.

Jennifer Blough, LPC

Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist

Certified Pet Loss Specialist

Owner, Deepwater Counseling