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Compassion Fatigue and Burnout


Burnout is a general term that describes the chronic and cumulative effect of different stresses at work and how it negatively impacts the worker’s health and wellbeing. In the case of the helping professions this problem is made worse by chronic exposure to others’ trauma which left unchecked can lead to Compassion Fatigue. The erosion of compassion and empathy affects a worker’s effectiveness in helping others, rendering the worker ineffective and lacking confidence. This class explores this field, the nature of compassion satisfaction, and offers strategies for cultivating resilience and compassion satisfaction that are both self and team-care oriented. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize warning signs of burnout and compassion fatigue

  • Addressing the “why” of caregiver work

  • Cultivate curiosity about secondary trauma

  • Introduce skills in different key areas of wellness and resiliency

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2022.CE.ADC.129)
LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2022.CE.310)

MN Board of Nursing

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

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