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3-Hour Ethics Event: Ethical Implications of Compassion Fatigue

  • 9 Aug 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Cover 3, 2700 W. Anderson Ln.
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Ethical Implications of Compassion Fatigue

Presenter: Dr. Jae Carter

Join us for this 3 hour Ethics CEUs Workshop for therapists.

Friday, August 9th, 2019

9:30 to 1pm

Location: Cover 3 2700 W. Anderson Ln.
Full Breakfast Buffet is included.
Please note seating is limited.

Presentation Description

Self-care for therapists and counselors is often encouraged and even mandated in

ethics codes, but easily neglected. While work burnout can occur in any occupation,

helping professionals can be at higher risk due to caring for the needs of hurting

people. Compassion fatigue is a state of exhaustion experienced by those helping

people in distress over time; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation

with the suffering of others. Estimates for distress of workers in the health care field

range from 21% to over 50% for those working with trauma clients.

Yet, burnout is not inevitable. The key is understanding the difference between

acute stress vs. the chronic stress cycle. First, we look at real life issues through self-

tests, case studies, and research that explore problems with professional

impairment, having poor boundaries with clients and co-workers, and potentially

harming clients with unethical decisions and behavior. Next is a short and simple

overview of somatic models showing that true stress resilience takes more than

typical self-care techniques. Last, you will learn tools to create a personal plan to

prevent or heal compassion fatigue. Get ready for an ethics course that can change

how you see yourself and how you care for yourself to become a more effective and

ethical helper.


Do you have compassion fatigue and burnout?

Ethical guidelines relevant to compassion fatigue

Who gets compassion fatigue and burnout?

Why is chronic stress so difficult to overcome according to recent neuroscience?

Exercises for immediate and ongoing relief

Learning Objectives

1) The attendees will be able to list 4 life areas affected by Compassion Fatigue or


      2) The attendees will be able to list 2 ethical mandates concerning personal


        3) The attendees will be able list 3 groups of individuals who are vulnerable to the

          development of Compassion Fatigue.

          4) The attendees will be able to list 2 strategies to reduce the symptoms of

            Compassion Fatigue or Burnout.


            Jae Carter is a psychologist who specializes in health psychology.

            Since 1998, she has helped individuals and families adjust to mental

            health and medical conditions such as dementia, stroke, and

            traumatic brain injury. She has worked in psychology clinics, nursing

            homes, and hospitals such as UT Southwestern.

            Dr. Carter founded the company Caring by Connection to help those

            who experience emotional exhaustion due to caring for others. Her

            workshops are based on the healing power of compassion. She uses

            her knowledge of neuroscience to show how to make lasting changes

            to the chronic stress response and enjoy greater well-being and work


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