• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS
Item#: B4108
  • 1 Video
  • 5 Electronic Handouts
  • 1 Electronic Study Guide

Compassion Fatigue: 8 Strengths That Build Coping Skills

Price $19.95
Item # B4108

VIDEO course format

This continuing education video course provides healthcare professionals and social workers with self-care strategies to cope with and prevent occupational burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, thus enhancing career satisfaction and longevity. The course describes how healthcare professionals can develop compassion fatigue by personally experiencing the pain of their patients and families and because of the demands of the changing healthcare environment. Consequences can be serious, including an increased risk of committing medical errors. Participant will learn what contributes to burnout: lack of engagement in the workplace, a heavy workload, a nonsupportive environment, staff conflicts, and time pressures. 

This basic-level course outlines a resilience-based healthcare and behavioral healthcare model that emphasizes maintaining optimism, finding a feeling of connection, keeping a positive attitude, maintaining boundaries, and cherishing moments of laughter and joy. Participants will learn to maintain cognitive flexibility, be alert to their critical inner voice, and brainstorm positive behaviors. Ways to develop a positive attitude are explored, such as friendships, spirituality, and problem-solving. The importance of setting boundaries is discussed, which requires a foundation of personal rules and ethical guidelines. The elements of optimism are explored, including realistic outlook, hopefulness, and enthusiasm. Finally, the course describes self-compassion activities to enhance self-care. Electronic and printable handouts and a study guide are provided to aid the learner throughout the presentation.

Course Objectives
  • Recognize careers at risk for compassion fatigue.
  • Identify 6 sources of life stress.
  • Describe 5 contributors of burnout in healthcare and behavioral health professionals.
  • Describe the term compassion fatigue.
  • List 8 self-care strategies of the FABULOUS Principle© to counter compassion fatigue and build resiliency.
  • Develop an action plan that focuses on a goal to reduce the impact of compassion fatigue.
Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBC is a leader in the field of compassion fatigue and coping with traumatic loss.  Barbara received a BS in Psychology and MA in Community Health with a concentration in Thanatology. Board Certified Expert Traumatic Stress, Diplomat, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and Certified Bereavement Specialist. Barbara’s website is griefworkcenter.com. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, provided support to those who were impacted by 9/11, facilitated anticipatory and sudden loss bereavement support groups and taught undergraduate and master’s level courses at Brooklyn College. Barbara currently presents trainings on traumatic death and compassion fatigue.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.