Understanding Compassion Fatigue

Understanding Compassion Fatigue

Understanding Compassion Fatigue

Accepting the presence of compassion fatigue in our lives only serves to validate the fact that we are deeply caring individuals. Somewhere along our healing path, the truth will present itself: We don’t have to make a choice. It is possible to practice healthy, ongoing self-care while successfully caring for others.

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

What You Will Learn

In the workshop you will develop an understanding of the difference between compassion fatigue, burn out, and vicarious trauma. Participants will learn practical strategies for self-reflection and self-care, work through a personalized action plan to manage the effects of their own compassion fatigue, and inspire meaningful changes in their lives.

How It Works

Workshop Length: Can be tailored for 1 hour, 3 hours, or 6 hours

Workshop Format: In-person and virtual

Affiliations: Tend Academy

Notes: Available to anybody over age 16


  • Compassion fatigue, also called “the cost of caring,” can be experienced by people working in environments where there is a high chance of exposure to secondary trauma.
  • Many individuals are at risk of potential mental health challenges, relationship problems and the inability to perform work responsibilities. The symptoms of compassion fatigue are hard to recognize and require adequate support for the individual experiencing it.
  • This workshop will help employers, employees and volunteers who may develop compassion fatigue, including first responders, clergy, teachers, counsellors, social workers, health care professionals, veterinarians and individuals who are the first point of contact for those going through a crisis or disaster.

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