The Cost of Caring (Saskatoon)

The Cost of Caring (Saskatoon)

Learn how to prevent and address compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout.

OUTLINE

1. The Psychological Hazards of Helping Professions

  • Understanding and identifying compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout as occupational hazards within front line practice.

2. Self-Assessment

  • Self-assessment of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout for each individual.

3. The Empathy Spectrum

  • The cost of not caring: Exploring the alternative (practice without empathy, compassion, etc.).
  • How “too much” empathy can be harmful.
  • How boundaried empathy protects us.

4. Practical Strategies

  • Professional grieving
  • Mindfulness-based practice
  • Self-reflexive practice
  • Structured and informal debriefing
  • Self-compassion
  • Setting professional boundaries
  • Value-based work

Please email hello@oaksmentalhealth.ca for assistance with group registrations, or if you wish to use an alternative payment method. 

Taylor Baier, BSW, RSW.

Taylor (she/her) is a registered social worker and mental health educator.

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