By popular demand Dr Karen Treisman will be presenting a day on Secondary Vicarious Trauma otherwise known as Compassion Fatigue. A must for anyone who is involved in directly caring for others or supporting those who care for others.Compassion fatigue is widely understood to have three separate but related dimensions: burnout, secondary traumatic stress and compassion satisfaction (Stamm, 2010). Compassion Fatigue can arise in those whose work involves the need to empathise with others.
The action of putting oneself in the shoes of another and truly experiencing how the other person feels is something that happens everyday to many in the caring professions. The correlation between this giving of empathy as a result of caring has been found to directly impact on the wellbeing of the care giver. By openly having a forum to discuss, learn and share ideas we can better protect ourselves and therefore offer better care and support to those we care deeply for.
This day will benefit front line care workers, including foster carers and adopters, social workers, nurses, doctors as well as the leaders and senior managers who support them.