helping professionals make the world a better place

I believe…


Being a caring person makes you a good helping professional.


Caring for people who are suffering, on a regular basis, can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health.


There is a way you can help people and still keep yourself happy and healthy.


You will give your best when you have an abundance of energy, hope, joy, compassion, empathy and connection.


Who am I?

I’m Charlene Richard and I’ve been a compassion fatigue specialist since 2008. 

I am the founder of the Caring Safely online program which helps personal and professionals caregivers, from all over the world, avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.


My professional training…

Clinical Experience:


Behavioural Health Consultant, Alberta Health Services

Clinical Social Worker, Greenbelt Family Health Team

Addictions and Mental Health, Sandy Hill CHC

Mental Health Consultant, Health Canada

Counsellor: University of Waterloo, University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University

Crisis Counsellor, Women’s Crisis Centre



Master of Social Work

Wilfrid Laurier University, 2008


Bachelor of Social Work

University of Manitoba, 2007



Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training

Traumatology Institute, 2009


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training

University of San Diego, 2013


Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training

Soma Yoga Institute, 2016



My professional bio…

Charlene is a clinical social worker with a specialization in helping health care providers, and helping professionals, prevent burnout while increasing compassion satisfaction. She is the creator of Caring Safelyan online program that teaches caregivers how to get all the benefits of providing compassionate care, without the risks of burnout.
Charlene has been providing workshops, individual coaching and keynote presentations to community, provincial and federal organizations since 2009.  In 2015, she published a book titled 20 Quick Strategies to Help Your Patients and Clients Manage Stress, which includes a chapter on Clinician Wellness.