Walking The Walk: Self-Care In The Face Of Compassion Fatigue And Vicarious Trauma

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program Volunteer Advisory Committee is hosting a continuing education event of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem.

Join us on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for Walking The Walk: Self-Care In The Face Of Compassion Fatigue And Vicarious Trauma.

Compassion fatigue is characterized by deep emotional and physical exhaustion and by a shift in helping professional's sense of hope and optimism about the future and the value of their work. The level of compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma a "helper" or a guardian ad litem experiences can ebb and flow from one day to the next.

Even very healthy individuals with optimal life/work balance and self-care strategies can experience a higher than normal level of compassion fatigue or trauma when they are overloaded; find their responsibilities suddenly overwhelming; or are working with a lot of traumatic content or families who are chronically in crisis.

Presented by Volunteer Advisory Committee Chair Leigh Merritt and Carrie Toy with the Office of the State Courts Administrator, this interactive, two-hour workshop uses Francoise Mathieu's compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma curriculum that has been offered across North America over the past several years. Past participants have reported feeling inspired to make meaningful changes in their personal, professional and organizational lives in addition to learning practical strategies for identifying and dealing with the costs of caring.

Participants may receive two (2) hours of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours using Optima.

The event is free. You can download a print flyer, register to attend and submit questions to the event contact below.

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First Published December 17, 2018