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Walking the Walk: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue

March 21, 2014

Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are characterized by deep emotional and physical exhaustion and by a shift in a helping professional’s sense of hope and optimism about the future and the value of their work. Compassion fatigue has been called “a disorder that affects those who do their work well” (Figley 1995). Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are normal consequences of working in the helping field. The best strategy is to develop excellent self-care strategies, as well as an early warning system that lets the helper know that they are moving into the caution zone of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. This is a highly interactive one day workshop, incorporating a combination of solo, small group and whole group activities. Past participants have reported feeling inspired to make meaningful changes in their personal, professional and organizational lives in addition to learning practical strategies for identifying and dealing with the costs of caring.

What You Will Learn

  • Key components of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
  • How to develop a symptom checklist which targets areas for strategic planning
  • Evaluate your own self-care and identify triggers
  • How to build a personalized plan for identifying and treating compassion fatigue

About the PresenterFrançoise Mathieu, M. Ed. CCC
Françoise is a certified Mental Health Counselor (Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association) and holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is the director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions, Inc., whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to self-care, wellness, burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Francoise’s experience stems from many years as a crisis counselor, working in hospital environments, community mental health, and university counseling service. Ms. Mathieu has authored The Compassion Fatigue Workbook (Routledge, 2012) and the Compassion Fatigue Train the Trainer Workbook (2008_).

Who Should Attend – Mental health providers, educators, social workers, administrators from public and private agencies, law enforcement, and policymakers

Registration: $75 Standard; $25 for CEs.

For More Information:
Please email us at or 213.260.7633.


Times: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


St. Anne's

155 N. Occidental Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90026


CEs are offered to MFT, LCSW, and BRN. Course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Children’s Institute, Inc. provider #PCE 498. Children’s Institute, Inc. provider #CEP8409 is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Children’s Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Françoise Mathieu, M. Ed. CCC

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