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Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: Creative Self-Care Strategies

Catherine Tyink, BSW, MS, NBCT; Christine Kortbein, MA

Course Abstract

Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: Creative Self-Care Strategies is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines how to identify and treat compassion fatigue.

Loss is a recurring theme in our lives, often disguised as change, rejection, or tragedy. A caregiver is often affected directly by loss when overly engaged and immersed in the consistent demands of tending to those in distress. Some of the losses might include sleep, free time, independence, and social connections. These losses may be considered a secondary loss or distress because of a primary loss. The term and concept of compassion fatigue grew from this secondary loss experience (or more aptly, secondary trauma) that we as caregivers or caring professionals can experience as part of our professional or personal lives.

In this course, we will begin with an overview of what compassion fatigue is along with historical context. We will then learn who is the most vulnerable to the effects of compassion fatigue. Common physical and emotional symptoms are presented along with best practice for treatment based on the latest research.

Next, we will review ten evidence-based creative self-care strategies, proven effective in treating compassion fatigue and stress as well as building emotional resilience when faced with change and loss. These strategies will be presented to you through description, application, research, and real-life stories illustrating how each technique may be applied to your own life or to those you work with and support.

Course #31-33 | 2021 | 47 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.List three symptoms or signs of compassion fatigue
2.Describe two resilience boosting strategies to combat compassion fatigue
3.Explain one self-care strategy that could be suggested to someone struggling with compassion fatigue
4.Summarize the connection between engaging in creative arts and building resilience against compassion fatigue
5.Define compassion satisfaction and how it relates to compassion fatigue
6.Name three ways to incorporate self-care strategies into both your personal and professional life
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2022 - 6/12/2025. Social workers completing this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346); the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0664 - Note: New York social workers will receive 3 continuing education credits for completing this self-study course); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio social workers completing this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education credits); the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678);  and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Catherine Tyink, BSW, MS, NBCT, is a counselor, grief support specialist, National Board-Certified School Counselor, and writer. Catherine serves as a hospice social worker and is the co-author of Grief Reimagined: 50 Creative Strategies to Build Resilience.

Disclosure:
Financial: Catherine Tyink receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


Christine Kortbein, MA, has been a curator of mindful arts and an ambassador for connecting creativity with self-discovery for over thirty years. Christine has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Art Therapy and leads workshops and presentations on creative self-care and personal development. She is co-author of Grief Reimagined: 50 Creative Strategies to Build Resilience.

Disclosure:
Financial: Christine Kortbein receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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