Speaking Engagements



Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11: Humboldt County Office of Education
Sequoia Conference Center
Eureka, CA

Times TBD

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Education

These two workshops provide a basic understanding of compassion fatigue, its symptoms, causes and how to begin the healing process. It is not uncommon for educators and counselors to suffer high levels of compassion fatigue due to the intense and emotional support they provide to students on a daily basis. This, combined with the pressures in education today, puts helpers at-risk not only for compassion fatigue, but stress and burnout as well. The main focus of the workshop is to "jumpstart" both personal and professional self-care in order to lessen the effects of compassion fatigue and on-the-job trauma experienced during the workday.

Workshops are not open to the public.


Monday, March 13: San Jose Animal Care and Services
San Jose, CA

5 – 7 pm

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Animal Sheltering

Animal welfare workers are known for having high levels of compassion fatigue. Society's disregard for animals and their care often translates to shelter work by way of abuse, hoarding, and mistreatment of these wonderful creatures. Animal lovers often enter into this profession with no warning that the daily stress can easily lead to burnout and ultimately compassion fatigue. Healing from the symptoms of compassion fatigue is possible, but authentic, sustainable self-care practices are mandatory. Leadership in animal welfare organizations must take full responsibility for designing and implementing corporate programs that create an environment conducive to creating employee wellness. Once this occurs, it is possible to lower compassion fatigue levels while simultaneously raising compassion satisfaction levels. This balance will keep workers returning each day to educate our society on the joys animals bring into our lives.

Workshop is not open to the public.


Wednesday, March 15: Oakland Animal Services
Oakland, CA

2:30pm – 4:30pm: Staff training
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Volunteer training

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue in Animal Sheltering

Both staff and volunteers are at-risk for the intense and difficult challenges they face everyday in shelter work. Many volunteers actually enter shelter work already displaying high levels of the secondary traumatic stress known as compassion fatigue. In order to work together to achieve the organization's mission and goals, both sectors must learn to work together in lowering the effects of compassion fatigue that could affect behavior, medical and, ultimately, adoption outcomes. When humans feel the effects of stress, burnout and compassion fatigue, the animals feel it as well. Working together to incorporate Best Practices as a team to meet the daily challenges of shelter work leads to not only successful outcomes but also to positive public opinion.

Workshops are not open to the public.

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