VSPN STAF183-0420: Compassion Fatigue

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenter: Bree Montana, DVM, CCFP
Course Open: April 6, 2020-May 21, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4 and 11, 2020; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in understanding and dealing with compassion fatigue.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval."
This course has been submitted to VHMA for CVPM credit.

Course Description:
Viktor Frankle said it so clearly; "That which is to give light, must endure burning". We have watched so many talented and devoted caregivers in our field give up and leave our field because of compassion fatigue and burnout. Our Compassion Fatigue prevention training is designed to help you recapture your sense of purpose, joy, and hope as an animal care professional. Our training will provide evidence based professional resiliency skills to help you manage the stress and emotional demands of your work. This course is appropriate for veterinary care professionals in any stages of their career, working in all areas of our profession.

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 13): Compassion Fatigue, I Hear There’s a Vaccine for That!
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Explain the differences between Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.
  • Utilize the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory and understand your unique score.
  • Identify the warning signs of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.
  • Discuss the 9 steps for treatment of Burnout.
Week 2 (Real Time Session April 20): Building a Healthy Team
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss the 10 characteristics of healthy team culture.
  • Discuss the Headington Institute stress test.
  • Explain how to build a 3-sided framework to support the growth of healthy team members.
  • Utilize Taming the Dragon- a team communication and stress management tool.
  • Discuss Professional Venting to power down your teams’ pressure cooker.
Week 3 (Real Time Session April 27): Compassion Fatigue Testing, Find Your Baseline to Keep Your Career on Course
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss the Professional Quality of Life test (the Pro-Quol), take test.
  • Explain the way your Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout, and Trauma scores affect your life experiences both inside and outside of your work.
  • Learn the 10 things to do every day, to care for yourself in the face of difficult work.
Week 4 (Real Time Session May 4): Compassion Fatigue Prevention, The Mental Stuff to Fireproof Your Career
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Explain and begin to practice self-regulation.
  • Create your personal covenant to intentional living.
  • Recognize how perceptual maturation and self-validation strengthen your ability to live with intention.
  • Recognize the importance of Connection and begin to build your Wolf Pack.
  • Identify 5 activities that will fuel your spirit.
  • Discuss what’s on your plate- get a handle on your schedule with a little homework.
Week 5 (Real Time Session May 11): Preventing Secondary Traumatization and Practice-Associated PTSD in Real Life Situations
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Learn the symptoms of secondary traumatic stress.
  • Understand and recognize Intrusive Symptoms.
  • Understand and recognize Avoidance Symptoms.
  • Understand and recognize Arousal Symptoms.
  • Learn the 4 steps to Wellness.
  • Develop your customized Compassion Fatigue Protection Toolkit.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Bree Montana, DVM, CCFP is a small animal practitioner and owner of the Agate Bay Animal Hospital and Dog Gone Crazy boarding/training facilities in North Lake Tahoe, California. In 2010, Dr. Montana helped to create the VIN Foundation's innovative Vets4Vets program, a confidential support group providing critical emotional care to veterinarians struggling with all forms of stress/addiction/mental health issues. The program is international and free for all veterinarians and veterinary students. Working with hundreds of struggling veterinarians each year, Dr. Montana has gained insight into the habits, choices and supportive modalities that build resilience and confidence in veterinarians at every stage of their career. Learning to balance the life of a rural solo practitioner, mom, wife, husky wrangler and aspiring dressage queen while coordinating the Vets4Vets program has allowed Dr. Montana to become an expert at thinking outside of the box when advising veterinarians who feel stuck in their careers and personal lives. A certified compassion fatigue professional, and QPR instructor, Dr. Montana enjoys lecturing on topics at the intersection of personal and professional life balance, including strategies for a healthy mentoring relationship, job seekers' success techniques, team building and effective communication in the workplace, as well as teaching workplace ergonomics.

Total CE Credit: 7.5

Tuition: $158($142 early bird special if enrolled by March 30, 2020)
* 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).
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 13, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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“This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval."
This course has been submitted for approval for continual education units toward CVPM requirements through VHMA.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
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