I’m Charlene Richard and I’ve been a registered social worker in addictions and mental health since 2005.


I’ve specialized in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue prevention.  In 2016 I founded Caring Safely®, an organization that provides education, training and consultation for individuals and organizations.    


I also enjoy teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Calgary. 


Sometimes I go to conferences and host workshops to speak about preventing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.


In 2015 my first book was published called 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress.


In 2018 I won two “Women in Business” awards for Caring Safely® and began providing consultations for other clinicians wanting to build a private practice. In 2019 I launched an online training program called Private Practice Bliss™.

Professional Experience


Behavioural Health Consultant, Alberta Health Services

Social Worker – Mental Health Therapist, Greenbelt Family Health Team

Social Worker – Addictions and Mental Health Therapist, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

Social Worker – Mental Health Consultant, Health Canada

Social Worker – Counsellor, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Manitoba

Social Worker – Crisis Counsellor, Women’s Shelter


Master of Social Work

Wilfrid Laurier University, 2008

Bachelor of Social Work

University of Manitoba, 2007



Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training, Traumatology Institute, Toronto, 2009

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Trauma, Traumatology Institute, Toronto, 2009

Concurrent Disorder Training, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, 2012

Advanced Motivational Interviewing, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, 2012

Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, 2012

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training, University of San Diego, 2013

Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, Soma Yoga Institute, Costa Rica, 2016

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