Combating Compassion Fatigue:
A Self-Care Workshop for Animal Care Professionals
Those of us who work with or care for animals have likely witnessed, heard about, or experienced traumatic situations — from euthanasia to animal abuse to pet overpopulation. Chronic exposure to these stressors can take a heavy toll on our personal lives, our relationships, and our job performance. It can affect us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, leading to what’s called compassion fatigue, or “the cost of caring.”
What if there was a way to help your staff combat compassion fatigue and build resilience? This unique training allows your employees and/or volunteers to gain valuable tools to help them manage compassion fatigue, which in turn can lead to improved work performance, less sick days, decreased turnover, and ultimately, better care of the animals.
This interactive self-care workshop is geared toward all animal professionals, including shelter staff, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, euthanasia techs, rescue workers, volunteers, foster parents, wildlife rehabilitators, management, support staff, and all others involved in animal welfare.
We’ll explore topics such as:
- Defining compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma
- Knowing the warning signs — could you be at risk?
- Learning how to prevent, manage, and overcome compassion fatigue
- Developing stress management and self-care skills
- Turning compassion fatigue into compassion satisfaction
*This workshop can be held at your facility or at my office, which can accommodate up to six participants.
*The workshop lasts approximately one-and-a-half to two hours, depending on audience size and participation.
*The cost of the workshop is $30 per person within the Metro Detroit area. For travel outside of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, or Washtenaw counties, a $25 travel fee will be added. Please call 734-203-0183 for out-of-state pricing.
Past & Current Clients Include:
Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit
Detroit Animal Control
Jackson County Animal Shelter
Kimball Animal Hospital
Livingston County Animal Control & Shelter
Paws For Life Rescue
Michigan Nurses Association
National Animal Care and Control Association
Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control
Humane Society of Macomb
“Jennifer had very good suggestions and was very helpful, personable, and honest!”
-LouAnn, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit