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STAF138-0512: Compassion Fatigue Module 1: Healing Ourselves
INSTRUCTOR(S): Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR
COURSE OPEN: May 3-June 10, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2012; 8:00pm-9:00pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first Real Time Session. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.
* The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend a Practice Session.
Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed for all veterinary and animal health care professionals regardless of position or type of practice or facility.
VSPN CE Course. This course is RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and is approved by VHMA for CVPM credits.
Chances are you entered the veterinary or animal healthcare world because of your love of animals. That has remained your passion, although now you may be experiencing emotional difficulty in the role of caregiver. You are not alone - every care giving profession can suffer from two similar but different conditions: burnout, and compassion fatigue. Yet even if you are feeling toasted around the edges, or your compassion has been stretched thin, you can learn how to diagnose your condition so that the proper treatment plan can be generated. This course will help you to identify why the job tends to get tougher by the year, by the month or week even, and what you can do to turn things around. Your love of animals led you to this career, but your love for yourself will carry you through.
This course will consist of four (4) sixty (60) minute Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to be considered for a course certificate of completion.
** The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation. Please be prepared to listen
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
There are no required textbook for this course. Required reading will be in the course area library upon the course opening.
About the Instructor: Katherine Dobbs holds credentials as a RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician), CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager), and PHR (Professional in Human Resources). She has taught and lectured worldwide both in onsite and online venues.
Week 1 (Real Time Session May 10): Compassion Fatigue vs. Burnout - Diagnosis is First
Content: How many of you have heard of burnout? Likely everyone in class has. How about compassion fatigue, does that ring a bell? For many, although they may not know the definition for the term compassion fatigue, they realize that this sounds like something they are dealing with in their professional role as a care giver. Come learn the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue, and why a proper diagnosis can lead to a much more successful prognosis. We explore specific burnout symptoms that happen in healthcare settings, and leave with tools to help us reduce the transfer of emotional contagion and evaluate our own levels of satisfaction and burnout while we continue to do the important work we are called to do.
Week 2 (Real Time Session May 17): Exposing Compassion Fatigue - Letting the Cat out of the Bag
Content: Looking deeper into compassion fatigue, we discover there are factors that cause us to be more susceptible to this condition. By learning the actual symptoms, you can better diagnose yourself and perhaps those around you in your practice and the profession. Compassion fatigue does not only affect you during the workday, though; you cannot just stuff it into your locker at the end of the day. There are symptoms of compassion fatigue that you may see at home, when you are trying to enjoy your time off work. We are not two separate beings, at work then at home, so we need to learn how to apply what we learn about compassion fatigue to our total lives. Private assignments will help us to reflect on our personal experience with compassion fatigue, while interactive discussions on the message boards will help us understand that we are not alone!
Week 3 (Real Time Session May 24): Compassion Fatigue - Focus on You
Content: By learning the 5 Phases of a career in care giving, we learn what challenges lay ahead and what successes now lay behind us. We discover that a career in care giving is more like a marathon than a sprint, and we must pace ourselves for the long haul. Taking care of yourself is the key to minimizing and preventing compassion fatigue. Yet, it is not as easy as it sounds. We will work through several self-care exercises as homework, to spend time in personal reflection and share as much as you are comfortable with other students who are seeking a healthier relationship with their work. The Life Stress Test is taken by each student, to help us realize that there are many stressors we are trying to juggle in our lives. We learn that as care givers, we have certain Rights that we need to uphold and maintain in order to continue our important work.
Week 4 (Real Time Session May 31): Compassion Fatigue - Focus on the Workplace
Content: We explore some specific factors that lead to compassion fatigue in healthcare workers, and we discover that when our people experience compassion fatigue, so does our workplace; it can pervade the entire culture. The symptoms of organizational compassion fatigue are examined, with an eye on how we can turn things around. We explore a positive and toxic work environment, so we can identify when we have made significant change. Managers who are trying to heal the practice must first heal themselves, and we learn how their susceptibility to compassion fatigue can be significantly higher. Finally, we discuss just who is responsible to make the changes to help the people and the practice, and explore the "three-pronged approach" to increasing awareness and healing in our profession.
CE HOURS: 4
Tuition: $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by April 19, 2012).
*Enroll in both Modules by May 10, 2012 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
** To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
**For more on how online CE works see the Participant Resource Center
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
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