Workshops for Helping Professionals : Compassion Fatigue

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering
 and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as
expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet” (Remen)

This quotation comes from the work Francoise Mathieu M.Ed., CCC  has done to begin to make people aware of the impact of their work on their wellbeing.


What is compassion fatigue?

Our primary task as helping professionals is first and foremost to meet the physical and/or emotional needs of our clients and patients. This can be an immensely rewarding experience, and the daily contact with patients is what keeps many of us working in this field. It is a Calling, a highly specialized type of work that is unlike any other profession. However, this highly specialized rewarding work can also look like this: increasingly stressful work environments, heavy caseloads and dwindling resources, cynicism and negativity from co-workers, low job satisfaction, and for some, the risk of being physically assaulted by patients.

Compassion Fatigue has been described as the “cost of caring” for others in emotional and physical pain (Figley, 1982). It is characterized by deep physical and emotional exhaustion and a pronounced change in the helper’s ability to feel empathy for patients, loved ones and co-workers. It is marked by increased cynicism at work, a loss of enjoyment of one's career, and eventually can transform into depression, secondary traumatic stress and stress related illnesses. The most insidious aspect of compassion fatigue is that it attacks the very core of what brought professionals into this work: empathy and compassion for others.

Stephen will provide both group workshops and private counselling to address the effects of compassion fatigue.
This workshop benefits anyone in a helping profession:

  • Trauma workers
  • Health and social service workers  - Family Health teams Mental Health Clinics
  • Nursing and Health Care Associations
  • Child welfare workers


Presentations: Include Powerpoint presentations, handouts, group discussion.
1 hour, ½ day and full day presentations available.


Cost: Call for cost of presentation. Travel time and distance is extra.