“Is It Just Me?” Insights and Practical Tools for Addressing Compassion Fatigue

  • 17 Feb 2012
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • C. J. Hendry & Associates, Inc., 25000 Center Ridge Road, Suite 6 , Westlake , Ohio 44145

The high cost of caring is a reality that is often not fully recognized or appreciated, especially among caregivers themselves.  Counselors, pastors and health care professionals engaged in relieving the suffering of others often take on burdens too heavy to bear alone.  Mental, emotional and spiritual “stress fractures” can develop suddenly or over time, affecting ethical choices as well as personal, professional and supervisory relationships. This workshop combines both clinical and faith based perspectives on assessment, prevention and treatment of compassion fatigue, secondary traumatization and burnout.  Through lecture, discussion, video vignettes and experiential exercises, the effects of care giving on personal and professional life, including the impact on ethical decision-making and the supervisor/supervisee relationship will be examined.  Attention will also be given to developmental career stages, self awareness and self care strategies including the role of self compassion. 



  1. Differentiate burnout, secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue
  2. Identify early warning signs and red flags in the compassionate caregiver including ethical “potholes” on path of career development
  3. Understand critical factors from latest brain research
  4. Learn tools for self-assessment
  5. Describe prevention as well as recovery plans, including faith based approaches
  6. Discover and practice self care strategies, including shifting from sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous system
  7. Explore supervisor/supervisee dynamics impacted by compassion fatigue and identify mutually supportive strategies for helpful professional development



Carol Klekota is licensed in the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor and provides continuing education for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, medical professionals and clergy.  With over 20 years of counseling experience, she has a special interest in issues related to trauma, grief and loss, as well as the integration of faith and practice.  Certified as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, she offers the Accelerated Recovery Program, which addresses the effects of vicarious trauma in the lives of professional, family and pastoral caregivers. The Director of Hopewood Retreat Ministries, Carol has conducted workshops, seminars and retreats for businesses and church groups on a variety of clinical as well as spiritual topics including anxiety, compassion fatigue, burnout, and healing after significant loss.

Registration and refreshments 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Counselors, Social Workers & Nurses * 6 CEUs

Fee: $99 Lunch included.  For groups of 2 or more registering at the same time $89/person

For a person registering for 2 or more similarly priced CEUs $89/seminar: Non-CEU Rate $69/person

CEUs can be applied to the Ethics OR Supervisory Designated Counselor requirements

Please register by calling:   440-892-7034 ext. 221



Copyright 2012 Buckeye Art Therapy Association

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software