About Our Founder

Patricia Smith is the Founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© and Healthy Caregiving, LLC.

As a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist with more than 20 years of training experience, she writes, speaks and facilitates workshops in service of those who care for others in all caregiving professions.

With a background in journalism, Patricia's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the San Jose Mercury News where she was a freelance journalist for more than 20 years. Currently, she is the Caregiving Expert for Spry Living, reaching millions of readers every month.

As training and development manager for the Humane Society Silicon Valley, she created and implemented a critical shelter-wide compassion fatigue project. Her work in this field led to presenting workshops nationwide as a consultant for American Humane, a national organization advocating children and animal rights. 

Patricia has authored two training manuals, a presenter's guide, and a student workbook:

Healthy Caregiving: A Guide to Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue: Presenter's Guide Level 1

Healthy Caregiving: A Guide to Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue: Student Guide Level 1

Her seminal book, To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving, is a comprehensive look at compassion fatigue, its causes and symptoms, and how to begin the healing process.

Her newest book, Compassion Satisfaction: 50 Steps To Healthy Caregiving, guides readers through 50 steps towards authentic, sustainable self-care and compassion satisfaction.

Patricia is the recipient of the “Excellence in Writing Award,” presented by the National League of American Pen Women. Under her direction, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford received the 2005 “Best Bets” award for its “Healing Arts” program. She was awarded the 2006 Telly Award for her script “Invaders of the National Parks,” a documentary on invasive species created for the National Parks Service. 

Additionally, Patricia is a Helen R. Whiteley Scholar and has twice been awarded writing scholarships sponsored by the University of Washington, Seattle.


Recent presentations include:

California Sexual Assault Investigators Association/California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center Joint Training Conference, Pismo Beach, CA

Oklahoma Association of Healthcare Providers/Oklahoma Assisted Living Association Conference, Norman, OK

Marianist Center Health Care Team Retreat, Cupertino, CA

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England

Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference, San Antonio, TX

Kaiser Permanente Nursing Research Project, Oakland, CA

California Veterinary Medicine Association Leadership Forum, Sacramento, CA

National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault & Violence, University of California, Berkeley

Ed-U-CARE Compassion Fatigue Symposium 2015, Dallas, TX


Past presentations include:

BayCare Health System, Clearwater, FL
Alzheimer Memory Center, Fresno, CA
U of Tennessee, Department of Veterinary Social Work, Knoxville, TN
Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, Santa Rosa, CA
Salina Regional Health Center, Saline, KS
California Institute of Mental Health, Sacramento, CA
San Jose Animal Care & Services, San Jose, CA
National Alliance for Mental Ilness, Santa Rosa, CA

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With more than 20 years of training experience, CFAP Founder Patricia Smith writes, speaks and facilitates workshops in service of those who care for others.

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