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Compassion Fatigue Training

Event/course Code EDU 21/348
Event/course type Workshop
Event Introduction It is not hard to imagine how demanding caring for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma and loss must be. The complex needs of these children require workers to have robust mental health and well-being.

It is not surprising then that foster carers are at risk of Compassion Fatigue. Compassion Fatigue is generally defined as a state of emotional and physical burnout combined with secondary traumatic stress. It can be exacerbated further when carers are not told about the exact abuse, trauma and neglect a particular child may have experienced, and the full spectrum of their current behaviours.

Because the foster carer’s home is also their place of work, there is little opportunity to take a break, rest and re-charge can be tough to come by. As well as affecting their mental health and well-being, this situation also impacts the quality and consistency of care provided to the vulnerable children they look after.

Research commissioned in 2015 by the University of Bristol's Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Parent Studies ‘found that over 75% of foster parents had suffered some level of burnout.’

Please note this is an online session and joining instructions will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the course start time.
Event Content During this session participants will explore the factors that may lead to compassion fatigue. It is important for carers to know and perhaps notice signs within themselves that they may be experiencing compassion fatigue. Carers may experience a loss of joy in their work, more negative thoughts and feelings, loss of sleep, increased anxiety levels. They may also find that they now don’t feel as naturally empathetic as they remember being, and may identify themselves “shutting down”.

This session will allow for carers to identify practical coping strategies to support themselves as they support the children in their care.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is suitable for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks, outreach services, youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

This is a live training session through the platform “Zoom”. It includes taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion

This training session will be delivered by a training consultant from Social Care Training Solutions.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the session delegates will be able to:
• Analyse factors which lead to compassion fatigue in your work
• Identify coping strategies that you can use to increase your resiliency
• Develop ways to find support for yourself and give support to your colleagues
Trainers Tori Davey
Course categories Wellbeing at Work
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0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 12 May 202110:00 - 12:00Home Study, N/A, N/A, N/A