Care for the Caregiver
Dealing with Compassion Fatigue:
Designed for Healthcare Professionals & Family Caregivers
“Studies confirm that caregivers play host to a high level of compassion fatigue. Day in, day out, workers struggle to function in care giving environments that constantly present heart wrenching, emotional challenges. Affecting positive change in society, a mission so vital to those passionate about caring for others, is perceived as elusive, if not impossible. This painful reality, coupled with first-hand knowledge of society's flagrant disregard for the safety and well-being of the feeble and frail, takes its toll on everyone from full time employees to part time volunteers. Eventually, negative attitudes prevail.”
This session creates a safe space where Health Care Professionals and Family Caregivers can discuss and learn strategies to deal with Compassion Fatigue. It will provide you with an opportunity to:
- Understand the effects of caregiving on you;
- Develop skills that enable boundary-setting and self-care;
- Identify strategies to better equip you to handle challenges and reduce the sense of feeling overwhelmed; and
- Establish a like-minded community, or potentially supportive network.
Caregiving & Working with Caregivers
Caring for others is HARD work … and it is an individual experience. Caring gives rise to a myriad of emotions and depending on how one gives him/herself permission to feel, it can be traumatic in and of itself.
Caregiver burnout is real … and caregivers don’t often give themselves permission to look after themselves. The very nature of caring can be a recipe for self-sacrifice. People may need to discover challenges they face in looking after themselves when someone else is in need.
Trauma is a feature of everybody’s life. Be ready for it. It’s there. Often times of extreme stress, fatigue and burnout however, lead to self-examination where we can explore how our learned behaviours and responses to circumstances contribute to the situation.
Growth happens at the edge of one’s comfort zone. You can’t change people. You can only create the circumstances where people want to reflect and change. You set the table for learning and know that it is going to be difficult. Change and learning happens from places of discomfort. We must create safety and support around the discomfort so the learning and change can happen.
Meet the learners where they are. It’s not “one size fits all.” People learn differently and at different rates. There has to be room for individuality, confidentiality and support.
People action what they help to create. People will own what they discover and create within themselves. Using an experiential learning model and creating a safe space for individuals and teams to explore what’s really going on at all levels, provides opportunities for meaningful change.
Expect the unexpected. Something always crops up which we could not have predicted. We will forget something, miss something, or mess up somehow at some point. Assume good intentions and move on.
Care for the Caregiver is a one-day session offered four times throughout the year to a small group. We create an intimate and safe space for doing this difficult work. If you have a team or are part of a family providing care, you can arrange a private group session. If you are on your own, then please sign up for a session and join others who are experiencing similar challenges. Cost is $285.00 plus HST.
If you are curious, interested but not sure, then please call for a 30 minute, no-obligation session with me.
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