Learn How to Prevent Compassion Fatigue & Burnout 

Fall 2016 Online Group Coaching Program

What does Caring Safely mean?

You understand that regularly helping people who are suffering can take a toll on you.


You have strategies to protect yourself from regular exposure to pain and suffering.


You know you want to be a helping professional without experiencing Compassion Fatigue or Burnout. 

The Six Pillars of Caring Safely

Compassion Fatigue

1. Self-Awareness

Formal Assessments and a framework to help you figure out what you need to do during the day to protect yourself

2. Self-Regulation

Learn how to manage your physiological response to the anger, anxiety, fear, or sadness your clients have so you can prevent vicarious trauma.
Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatigue

3. Self-Compassion

Quick and simple ways to increase compassion for yourself and your clients. You’ll learn how this is key for sustainable caring.

4. Self-Care

The 30 minute, non-negotiable, self-care you can sprinkle through your workday that will improve your energy and your mood.
Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatigue

5. Self-Management

Figure out how to take the info you learn in this program and integrate it into your lifestyle for the long haul.

6. Community

Connect with people for support and encouragement as you make these positive changes in your life and work.  These are your people!
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“Deep thanks for a wonderful session. I feel a sense of renewal and am even more confident about staying in my field. I actually think that this specific course should be a requirement for those of us entering caring professions.

As I’m jumping from one caring profession to another, I feel like I am walking in with a toolkit I didn’t previously have, able to tweak some of my attitudes and behaviours so that I do not burn out again.

Thank you for breathing new life into how I approach my work (and therefore my life as a whole).”

 Jess – RMT


Program Content

Compassion Fatigue

The purpose of the program is simple. 

There are risks to providing care and there are rewards. 

The entire program is designed to teach you the latest evidence based strategies for reducing burnout so you can keep caring safely. 

Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatigue

Module One: Understand your current situation and the process of Compassion Fatigue

  • Understanding the concepts
  • What contributes to Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Warning signs
  • The silencing response
  • Personal assessment
  • Wellness gauge

Module Two: How to choose growth over burnout

  • Compassion fatigue trajectory
  • ACT paradigm
  • Assessments
  • What positive psychology has to say
Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatigue

Module Three: How the negative can help you grow

  • Types of happiness
  • Value based goal setting
  • Personal inventories
  • Intention and worldview
  • The best way to do self-care

Module Four: What new experiences you need to prevent burnout

  • What is non-negotiable
  • Subjective units of nourishment
  • How to communicate your needs simply and effectively
  • Supports and community
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Compassion Fatigue

Module Five: How to manage emotional distress and vicarious trauma

  • The role of self-regulation
  • Empathy and sympathy
  • Emotional contagion
  • The physiology of it all

Module Six: Why compassion is the key for long term change and how to plan for the next year

  • Science of compassion
  • Cultivating compassion for self and clients/patients
  • Using thoughts for long term change
  • Create a one year plan
Compassion Fatigue
“I attended because I was personally in need of more information having just experienced it myself. Symptoms have decreased with a new job, but it doesn’t mean those symptoms won’t come back one day!

I appreciated your 5 steps from Zealot to Win/Lose. In the last several months, I was mostly likely in a Win/Lose situation where I could learn and win or succumb and lose. I have actually thought about getting out of social work, and still do, but to a lesser degree.

If I were to be specific, I would tell my friend/colleague there is less focus on the daily things we should do (bubble baths, pedicures, and healthy eating) versus learning more about where it comes from-the more academia part.”

Tiffany – Social Worker


Charlene Richard B.S.W, M.S.W., RSW

Compassion Fatigue Specialist

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In 2007 I was at the height of compassion fatigue and near burnout. I didn’t know what vicarious trauma was and had no strategies for protecting myself. I just knew that I felt raw and exhausted and wanted to hide from everyone.

Then in 2008 I learned about compassion fatigue and burnout and became fascinated with it. Where many in my field would have left, I went in the opposite direction. I dived into the world of compassion fatigue/compassion satisfaction. I took two separate trainings and spent years doing research, offering live workshops, online programs, presentations and individual coaching.

I’m excited to present you with the third edition of my program called Caring Safely with the latest research and even more strategies to help you stay safe and love your work.

A program for many professions


Here are some of the professions who have taken my program since 2008:

  • Social Work (Medical, School, Clinical, Community, Child Protection)
  • Nurse, Nursing Aid, LPN, RN
  • Psychologist, counselors, addiction counselors, disability counselors, behavioural health counselors
  • Health care aid, home care worker, palliative care
  • Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist
  • Probation officers, parole officers, lawyers, paramedics and teachers.

What if I’m not sure if I have Compassion Fatigue or Burnout?


You will learn the difference between Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout. We will cover the signs and symptoms so you can see if any of them fit with what you are experiencing.

You will see where on the continuum from Compassion Satisfaction to Compassion Fatigue to Burnout you land.

Who should register for this program?

This workshop is for (but not limited to):

Health Care Providers – nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, pharmacists, physicians, palliative care workers.

Mental Health Clinicians – psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, educational counsellors, psychiatric nurses, addiction counsellors, crisis counsellors, intake workers.

Community Support Workers – child protection workers, case managers, home care support workers, community social workers.

Why should I have to learn how to manage Compassion Fatigue when it’s a workplace hazard?

The nature of most health care and helping professions is that there will always be people who are in pain and suffering and who need the compassion and support of helping professionals. It’s this ongoing exposure to pain and suffering that causes CF.

I believe that organizations have a responsibility to recognize the occupational hazards to helping professions and support their staff.

I also believe that people in the helping profession can learn many different strategies for preventing vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and that these strategies go beyond regular self-care.

How much time does the program take?

The program contains six modules that are released once per week, on Sundays. You have ongoing access to the content, so you can review it at any time.

There are over six hours of video training and worksheets to assist you through the program.

What kind of technology do I need? 

In order to access the content each week, you will need to log into a program with a username and password that you will create when you register.

There are video and audio files that you can watch/listen to. There are worksheets in Adobe Format that you can download (Adobe has a free program you can download to open the documents).

You should have a basic understanding of logging into programs with a user name and password for this program.

Technically, these can be done on a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Keep in mind there are worksheets to print in each module.

What if I try the program and don’t like it? 

You will have access to a 30 day money back guarantee. If within the first 4 weeks of the program, you do not like the content, you may request a “no questions asked” refund.

Do I get Continuing Education Credits for this program?

You will have the option to complete a quiz at the end of each module. If you complete all of the quizzes, you can request a certificate of attendance for six hours. It is up to you to see if your regulatory college will accept this training.

The Schedule

 September 30th – Registration Closes

October 1st – Facebook Group Opens – Live FB Event Welcome!

October 2nd – Module One Released

October 8th – Open Q&A 12:00 to 1:30p.m. MDT

October 9th – Module Two Released

October 15th – Open Q&A 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. MDT

October 16th – Module Three Released 

October 22nd – Open Q&A 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. MDT

October 23rd – Module Four Released

October 29th – Open Q&A 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. MDT

(30 Day Money Back Guarantee Closes)

October 30th – Module Five Released

November 5 – Open Q&A 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. MDT

November 6 – Module Six Released

November 12 – Open Q&A 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. MDT

November 13th – Facebook Live Event – Final Wrap Up 12:00 p.m. MDT

Program Includes:

  • Six Modules with over six hours of video training and accompanying worksheets.
  • Private Facebook group to connect with other professionals and ask me questions.
  • Option to complete module quizzes for certificate of attendance.
  • Weekly live webinar for open Q&A (see dates under “schedule”)



  • Immediate access: to a downloadable copy of my guided relaxation program: Relaxation for Stress and Anxiety
  • Immediate access: to my previously recorded class Coping Strategies for Anxiety

Register Here

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If you have any problems with registration, please email me at info (at) charlenerichardrsw.com 

30 day money back guarantee** No questions asked, if you aren’t happy with the content, you can email and ask for a full refund before October 29th.