Compassion Fatigue

  • 13 Oct 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Giant Food Store, Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA
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Compassion Fatigue 

Dauphin County

October 13, 2017

“We have not been directly exposed to the trauma scene, but we hear the story told with such intensity, or we hear similar stories so often, or we have the gift and curse of extreme empathy and we suffer. We feel the feelings of our clients. We experience their fears. We dream their dreams. Eventually, we lose a certain spark of optimism, humor and hope. We tire. We aren’t sick, but we aren’t ourselves.” …C. Figley, 1995

Description: Compassion fatigue is characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time, resulting from a combination of burnout and secondary traumatic stress related to vicarious traumatization from repeated exposure to traumatic material.

The objectives include:

• Define and understand burnout, vicarious/secondary trauma, and compassion fatigue

• Differentiate burnout vs. compassion fatigue

• Utilize assessment tools to understand personal levels of compassion satisfaction as well as compassion fatigue

• Understand protective factors and develop a plan of self care

The training will use a mix of lecture, individual and small group activities, and video.

Target Audience: This training is for professionals who provide care to older adults, such as nurses, social workers, case managers, housing service coordinators, nursing home administrators, personal care home administrators, aging and mental health workers.

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017


Giant Food Store
2nd Floor - Community Room
2300 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $39

All payments must be made by the day of the training.

CEU's have been approved in nursing only. 

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded for those  attending.

Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Presenter: Lisa Arifer-Polcha, LSW

Inclement Weather Policy: In case of inclement weather, the Coalition will make a decision whether to delay or cancel a webinar or training by 7:00 a.m. the morning of the event. If a delay or cancellation will occur, the Coalition home page ( will be updated to reflect this, and a message will be saved to 717-857-3163. Please always consider your safety first when deciding to attend a training. Thank you!

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