We Are A Sensitive Bunch: A Workshop on Compassion Fatigue for VAW Staff - Fall 2013

2013/10/30 - 1:50pm, Ilda Gizas
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Professionals who work with clients in trauma are exposed to risk through empathetic engagement: the very attributes, skills, and relationship skills which are at the core of successful interventions also make these professionals vulnerable to vicarious trauma.  

Organizational responses to risks of trauma and facilitation of staff resilience were explored to assist participants to develop a tool kit of strategies for effective leadership to develop resilient teams/ organizations.

Participants also gained an understanding of  the signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma and tested a variety of tools aimed at assisting clinical staff to mitigate the effects of compassion fatigue.

Finally, the session provided information and strategies that focus on supporting compassion satisfaction.  Participants explored what they can do for themselves at work and at home and how strengthening resiliency skills can help counter balance the impact of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.