Overcoming Compassion Fatigue

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A course to help you identify, prevent and recover from compassion fatigue, through good practices in self care.

If you are someone who is involved in humanitarian work, volunteering for a charity or NGO, in aid or relief work, or, if you work in one of the caring professions, or in any kind of pastoral role or ministry, you no doubt have many one-off encounters with people who are experiencing difficult and sometimes traumatic life circumstances.

Left unchecked, the cumulative effect of such encounters can lead to compassion fatigue, vicarious/secondary trauma, and burnout.

At Redcliffe College, we believe passionately in the wellbeing of workers and volunteers, and want to provide accessible and practical training to help you process your experiences. We have produced this online course to meet this need.

The course consists of four 30-minute sessions.

Session 1: Stress

Session One is about Stress – understanding the various kinds of stress; understanding and recognising symptoms in yourself and others; the opportunity to do a stress self-assessment.

Session 2: Compassion Fatigue

Session Two is about Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma – recognising and preventing it, and a short case study.

Session 3: Burnout

Session Three looks at Burnout – how to recognise, prevent, and recover from burnout; includes a self-assessment burnout inventory.

Session 4: Self Care

Session Four is a brief look at Self-care – including a self-care self-assessment.

Course Features

  • Lectures 7
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 14
  • Assessments Yes
Rosie Button is the tutor on this course. She is the Course Facilitator for the MA in Member Care at Redcliffe College, and Module Leader for the Gender and Mission module. Before working at Redcliffe College she spent 18 years in three African countries as a missionary with her family.
Marion Knell consults with the Refugee Highway Partnership on Member Care and Trauma Response for Refugees and Refugee Workers. Having served with the leadership committees of Member Care Europe and the Global Member Care Network, and inaugurated the MA in Member Care at Redcliffe College, Marion is an international speaker on Staff Care and works with an international relocation company as an intercultural trainer.