To provide professional caregivers with exceptional training and resources in order to optimize compassion satisfaction, thus positively impacting the quality of care received by the client/patient.
- Self-Care Specialists offers progressive training and consulting services for the individual caregiver and for the caregiving organization.
- Self-care has been identified through research as the best prevention strategy against experiencing the negative effects of compassion stress.
- The training and consultation is designed to bring awareness and inspiration to the participant regarding effective use of self-care techniques in order to counterbalance the intensity of the work.
- The ultimate goal is increased resilience, energy optimization, balance and wholeness in the caregiver.
- The result is caregiver satisfaction, which positively impacts the quality of care and services received by the client/patient.
Self-Care Specialists is centrally located and based in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to serving the Midwest region, we offer training throughout the United States.
Approved by Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) for social work continuing education: CE Provider # 13-003. Check with your state licensing board to determine reciprocity.
Self-Care Specialists is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Compassion Stress Management is approved for 3/6 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number: SP1329-0315. Check with your state licensing board to determine reciprocity.
What is Compassion Fatigue?
Compassion fatigue is a term that has recently emerged to describe the overall experience of emotional and physical exhaustion that caregivers in the helping professions feel as a result of the consistent use of empathy when treating clients who are suffering. Charles Figley, a noted psychologist, family therapist and professor, is credited with coining the term in 1995. The compassion that calls many caregivers into their professions, the intensity of their work and the exposure to clients’ traumatic material puts them at risk of experiencing occupational related injuries such as compassion fatigue (also referred to as secondary traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization) and burn-out. These caregiving professionals include, but are not limited to, mental health professionals, medical providers, emergency response workers and animal caregivers.
Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue
- Intrusive thoughts or flashbacks of sessions with clients or families
- Disturbing dreams or losing sleep over a client and their family’s traumatic experiences
- Feelings of helplessness / hopelessness associated with working with clients and their families
- Withdrawing socially and becoming emotionally disconnected from others; experiencing increased problems in personal relationships
- Becoming cynical, disillusioned, depressed, irritable and/or prone to anger
- Overly consumed with work and difficulty maintaining balance between professional and personal life
- Feeling little compassion toward your clients, co-workers and/or yourself
Self-Care Specialists is affiliated with the Figley Institute and some of our courses are based upon their training material.