Combatting Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma & Burnout

Compassion fatigue is a term commonly associated with the "cost of caring" for others. It is a term that is sometimes referred to as vicarious trauma. Compassion fatigue is the emotional residue of exposure that helping professionals have from working with people as they are hearing their trauma stories and become witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror that survivors have endured. Compassion fatigue is a state of tension and preoccupation of the experiences described by clients. The emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another is referred to as secondary trauma. Its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.

Course Description
This training will explore potential impacts of caring roles as it relates to “burnout”, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma. Participants will review the activities they engage in for self-care, but this training will also take a deeper look at how personal, professional, and cultural factors create barriers in how we think that prevent us from setting healthy boundaries and using our self-care activities.  This training will include some personal practice of a few strategies to address these thoughts, will help participants assess their current risk for compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, and will help participants create individualized plans for how to fully engage in self-care within their lives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To identify the roots and symptoms of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma
  2. To differentiate between compassion fatigue and secondary trauma and how to intervene with each
  3. To identify personal barriers to self-care, both in our external environments and in our inner cognitive processes
  4. To create personalized self-care plans that address not only our self-care behaviors, but also healthy boundary setting and self-affirmation within our thoughts

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Instructor Bio: Rebecca Kline Toy, LCMFT, DBTC

Rebecca is a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through the University of Nebraska. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families for 7 years through in-home, residential, and community mental health center services. The majority of her work has focused on trauma, its effects on the individual as well as the family system, and helping families heal. Rebecca joined KidsTLC in 2009 and has provided individual, family, and group therapies to children and teens in crisis. She currently serves as the Clinical Manager for the Behavioral Health program, continuing outpatient service with youth and families as well as providing clinical supervision and program oversight to other clinicians. Rebecca is looking forward to growing service accessibility to the under- and un-insured families in the greater community. She is also excited about ongoing specialization with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and providing specialized services to adolescents with chronic emotional dysregulation and safety concerns.

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center and Via Christi Hospital-CE-Approved.jpgManhattan. Continuing education (CE) credit is awarded at the completion of the workshop. No partial credit is available.

Via Christi Hospital is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 3.0 contact hours applicable for RN or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider #LT0065-0716.

This course offering is approved by Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center for 3.0 contact hours applicable for SW licensure through the Kansas BSRB.


July 22, 2016 at 1pm - 4pm
Riley County Public Works Conference Room
Amanda Yenzer · · 785-537-6867

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