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Thursday, April 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Managing Compassion Fatigue

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You know how to work hard. You care about what you do, but sometimes you find yourself caring less than you used to. Sometimes you’re too tired to care at all. This is normal, but it can get out of hand.

Working in service of others puts us at risk for compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is the combined physical, emotional, and psychological stress stemming from challenges of working in a helping capacity. This is an occupational hazard, but few of us get trained for it. Unchecked, compassion fatigue can lead to reduced productivity, diminished engagement, and dampened energy and motivation, as well as anxiety, depression, and eventually complete burnout. We don’t want that to happen.

In this presentation we’ll learn how to recognize, accept, and take action to manage our own compassion fatigue. We’ll cover validated techniques of mindfulness, self-compassion, as well as common misconceptions of self-care.

We’ll approach this process with humor and lightness, respect and sincerity. We’ll get a chance to laugh at what isn’t working, while we discover new ways to be good to ourselves. We’ll learn how to recover from, care for, and prevent compassion fatigue, be it in the past, present, or future.

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Evan Edward Dumas

Mental Health Humorist
Evan Dumas works in that space between mental health counseling and standup comedy. Trained as a professional counselor at Lewis & Clark, he’s on a mission to cure burnout and compassion fatigue through humor and seriousness. Born into a family of public sector workers, he's found... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 6 Salem Convention Center