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Walking the Walk: Creative Tools For Transforming Compassion Fatigue with Francoise Mathieu, M. Ed. CCC

September 6, 2012

We pay an emotional price for doing the work that we do. Some of us hear difficult stories daily and are frequently exposed to traumatic details from the cases we are working on. We are not always able to help everyone who comes to us for help—the demand often outweighs what we can offer. What is the impact of this work on our own emotional well-being, on our personal life?

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.

Who should attend:
Mental health providers, social workers, administrators from public and private agencies, law enforcement, and policymakers are invited to participate.

Featured Presenter:

Françoise Mathieu, M. Ed. CCC
Compassion Fatigue Specialist Director, Workshops for Helping Professionals

Françoise is a certified Mental Health Counselor (Canada 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).

Standard registration: $75 Standard | CEs: $15

For More Information:
Please contact Megan Hayward at or 213.260.7633.

This training is a program of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy and presented by The Leadership Center at Children’s Institute.


Registration opens at 8:30am.


The California Endowment | Yosemite B Room

1000 N. Alameda Street | Los Angeles, CA 90012


CEs are offered to PSY, 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. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 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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