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Compassion Fatigue: A Workshop for Caregivers

Friday, 30 July, 2010 8:22 by ahaney

July 30, 2010

Shreveport-Bossier City, La.- FUMC will host a workshop designed for those working in the helping professions including medical staff, social service workers, hospice care, fire and police, clergy, teachers, mental health professionals, and the administrators/directors who manage them.  The workshop will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., August 13, at the FUMC Sanctuary. Admission is $5.

Professional burnout is a serious problem within the helping professions, and treatment for this issue is specific. Many people who devote their time and energy to others in crisis can become weary from time to time. If this is left unchecked and self care is low on the list of priorities, significant problems can occur, and one’s job - even life - can be jeopardized.
Dr. J. Durell Tuberville, PhD, will administer the workshop.  Dr. Tuberville is the president of Personal Solutions, Inc. and Trinity Mediation, LLC.  He is a Nationally Certified Psychologist, Certified Trauma Specialist, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and has been involved in trauma recovery since 1989.  He counseled emergency response workers during both the September 11 and Hurricane Katrina tragedies.  He also serves as Chaplain for the Caddo Parish Sheriff Department. 
Craig Kennedy, MA, FBCC, will also present information at the workshop.  Craig is a registered Counselor Intern, and is the Employee Assistance Coordinator for Personal Solutions.  He has over 15 years of manufacturing management experience.   Craig is a certified Chaplain through the Federation of Fire Chaplains and currently serves as Chaplain for the Bossier City Fire and Police Departments, and the Louisiana Professional Fire Fighters Association.  He is a Board Certified Faith-Based Clinical Counselor through the International Institute of Faith-Based Counseling and serves as a member of the Louisiana Local Assistance State Team for the National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation. 
Also presenting will be Mark A. Connella, M.A.  Mark has a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is retired as Captain with the Shreveport Fire Department after 32 years.
 Attendees will learn about:
• Identifying the warning signs of burnout and vicarious trauma
• Controlling dangerous behaviors to self and others
• How to assist others without harming yourself
• Understanding and dealing with secondary PTSD
• Intervention strategies for employers & managers
• Prevention plan for reoccurrence of CF symptoms
• Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Call Debbie Buchanan Engle, Director of Serving Ministries, at 318.424.7771 to register for the event; or you may RSVP via email at:   dengle@fumcshreveport.org.


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