Why Self-Care Alone Doesn’t Work
Many therapists say that when it comes time to learn about self-care strategies to prevent burnout, they’re more than ready to go “beyond kale and pedicures.” While self-care practices and increased attention to achieving work–life balance have been touted as the most effective approaches to reducing burnout and compassion fatigue, recent research has shown that they have limited effect. To really reduce workplace stress, a more systemic, multipronged approach is needed that targets often overlooked factors like control of one’s schedule, organizational culture, and extended work hours. In this workshop, we’ll:
- Distinguish among burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and moral distress
- Heighten awareness of the importance of an early warning system for detecting compassion fatigue in yourself and others
- Learn evidence-based debriefing procedures for defusing trauma exposure
- Examine three key tools shown to effectively reduce counsellor impairment: timely and effective supervision, trauma-informed training to better respond to clients in distress, and grounding techniques to reduce secondary traumatization
Françoise Mathieu, Med, RP, is a psychotherapist and compassion fatigue specialist with over 20 years of experience in trauma and crisis intervention. She’s the coexecutive director of Tend ltd. and author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook.