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.

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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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