Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma for Counselling Therapists

Compassion Fatigue…important info for caregivers.

Dr Don Russell Presents

‘Helping the helpers stay fit to help’ is an awkward but fitting way to describe the thrust of this seminar. I was invited by the Manitoba-East branch of the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP) to deliver of one-day seminar of the topic to their practitioners.

I have been a member and been involved in the leadership of this Canadian national association since its inception in 2000. It is a vibrant organization that seeks to promote excellence in its practitioners. To this end branches sponsor professional development events and this event was one of those. Thirty or so members attended and  were stimulated to reflect on the sustainability of their well-being so that they are able to practice in their chosen ministry/professional as long as they wish.


It is a peculiar truth that those who are helpers are generally quite terrible at recognizing their own vulnerability to burnout…

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Guest Post: Chasing the Correct Diagnosis

There is no excuse for this kind of treatment. No excuse at all.


Today I am honoured to welcome Aimee to BrizzleLass. Aimee has written a truly moving post on her battle to get the correct diagnosis, one she knows in her heart is correct, but she has really struggled to get the professionals to recognise. As a result she hasn’t received the correct treatment. I am sure there are many people out there who can relate to this story.

Who am I? Woman. Teacher. Musician. Sister. Daughter. The NHS sees to look past all that and fit another definition. Mentally ill.

I have been deemed to have another definition since I was 11. I am now 31.

I have had anorexia, bulimia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, and anxiety all thrown at me. BPD being the current one. None are right.

I am no professional, and do not claim to be. I am however an expert on me.

The ‘professionals’ have…

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Thoughtful Thursday: The Gift of Life

Gidla Radner was one of the greats

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“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me that only tragedy is to allow part of us to die—whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.”
Gilda Radner

Gilda Radner – Original cast member of Saturday Night Live

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