Compassion Fatigue (also called “the cost of caring”) can be experienced by people who work in environments where the chance of exposure to secondary trauma is very high. Examples of those who could experience compassion fatigue include: first responders, clergy, teachers, counselors, social workers, health care professionals, veterinarians and individuals who are the first point of contact with those who are going through a crisis or disaster situation.
If the symptoms of compassion fatigue are not recognized and steps are not taken to support the individual, severe mental health challenges, relationship problems and the ability to perform work responsibilities arise.
After training, participant will be able to:
- Recognize the symptoms and effects of compassion fatigue
- Understand risk factors and the personal or systemic barriers to receiving help
- Manage daily perceived threats and stress in a more effective way
- Create a personal self-care plan that includes resiliency building skills and steps to improve workplace mental health
- Optimum class size is 12-25 participants although options are available for larger groups.
- Training can be adapted for four hour or full day workshops.
- Cost is dependent on training format, class size and travel requirements.
Workplace Training & COVID-19
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division is committed to supporting Alberta workers and employers as they strive for better mental health and implement the Psychological Health and Safety Standard (the Standard).
In today’s reality, in-person training opportunities are difficult to facilitate. As we comply with Alberta Health Services COVID-19 recommendations—like physical distancing, mask wearing and group sizes—CMHA, Alberta Division is limited in its ability and resources to host in-person trainings. As a result, trainings such as Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor Training, Compassion Fatigue Training and Mental Health in the Workplace, will not be held until CMHA has deemed it safe, accessible and affordable for participants. Similar approaches to in-person trainings and events are being adopted by organizations like the Red Cross and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. We continue to monitor COVID-19 public health recommendations closely and will resume in-person training when it is safe to do so.
We are pleased to offer a variety of online workplace mental health resources and training facilitated through virtual platforms. Please refer to the CMHA Alberta Division website to review these opportunities. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact our workplace training department about our customizable virtual training options.
If you’re interested in participating in in-person training when it resumes, please complete our Expression of Interest form. We will reach out to you as soon as in-person training opportunities are available.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division
Workplace Training Department
320 Ledgeview Business Centre
9707 – 110 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9