Mind Body & Soul


Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:30 am Registation
9-11:45 am Morning Session
12 pm Lunch
1-4:30 Afternoon Session
4:30-5:30 pm Networking Reception
5:30 pm Evening on you own


Sunday, April 10, 2016
9-11 am Morning Session
11:15 am Adjourn

Speaker Bio

Patricia SmithPatricia Smith is a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist with 20 years of training experience. As founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© (www.compassionfatigue.org), she writes, speaks and facilities trainings nationwide in service of those who care for others. She has presented to caregivers in numerous helping professions including social work, health care, law enforcement, chaplain services, suicide prevention, educators, and most often to those in animal welfare. She has presented at many different forums including the California Veterinary Medical Association Leadership Forum, National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault & Violence and many more around the nation and world.

Caring too much can hurt. When caregivers focus on others without practicing self-care, destructive behaviors can surface. Apathy, isolation, bottled up emotions and substance abuse head a long list of symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled: Compassion Fatigue

The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© is dedicated to educating caregivers about authentic, sustainable self-care and aiding organizations in their goal of providing healthy, compassionate care to those whom they serve.

The Path to Wellness

With support, insightful information, and authentic self-care, you can begin to understand the complexity of the emotions you've been juggling and, most likely, suppressing. Most people never take the time to understand how their jobs affect them emotionally. Give yourself credit for moving forward and affecting change. Your hard work will pay off.

School and practice training focuses on the client and patient, not the individuals providing the care. Throughout the weekend, you will be conducting self-assessments and developing a personal self-care plan. In addition, clinic team wellness and action items will be created by your team.

What is Compassion Fatigue?

Day in, day out, workers struggle to function in care giving environments that constantly present heart wrenching, emotional challenges.

Compassion Fatigue symptoms are normal displays of chronic stress resulting from the care giving work we choose to do. Leading traumatologist Eric Gentry suggests that people who are attracted to care giving often enter the field already compassion fatigued. A strong identification with helpless, suffering, or traumatized people or animals is possibly the motive. It is common for such people to hail from a tradition of what Gentry labels: other-directed care giving. Simply put, these are people who were taught at an early age to care for the needs of others before caring for their own needs. Authentic, ongoing self-care practices are absent from their lives.

Your path to wellness begins with one small step: awareness. A heightened awareness can lead to insights regarding past traumas and painful situations that are being relived over and over within the confines of your symptoms and behaviors. With the appropriate information and support, you can embark on a journey of discovery, healing past traumas and pain that currently serve as obstacles to a healthy, happier lifestyle.

Recognizing Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue symptoms are normal displays of stress resulting from the care giving work you perform on a regular basis. While the symptoms are often disruptive, depressive, and irritating, an awareness of the symptoms and their negative effect on your life can lead to positive change, personal transformation, and a new resiliency.

When Compassion Fatigue hits critical mass in the workplace, the organization itself suffers. Chronic absenteeism, spiraling Worker's Comp costs, high turnover rates, friction between employees, and friction between staff and management are among organizational symptoms that surface, creating additional stress on workers.

Healing an organization takes time, patience, and most important, commitment. An awareness of Compassion Fatigue and its far reaching effects must be present at the highest level of management and work its way down to encompass line staff, as well as volunteers.


Chula Vista Resort
2501 River Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
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Reseve hotel rooms by March 9, 2016
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