Sustaining Compassion: Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First!

Presented by Martha Teater, MA, LMFT on 09-26-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific

When was the last time you really considered the impact of your work on you? If you’re like many of your peers, you may spend a lot more time thinking of your clients’ needs than you do your own. You write treatment plans, support people who are hurting, and hone your skills as a helper. What you may be overlooking is what’s happening to you as a result of this work.

Working as a helping professional comes with risk. Repeated exposure to people who are struggling can be draining, depleting us of our enthusiasm and empathy.

The good news is that compassion fatigue is predictable, preventable, and treatable. There are many ways to intervene in powerful ways to create a sense of purpose and joy in your work. In this training you will be given tools to energize you in your work as a counselor, psychologist, therapist, or other helping professional. You will learn practical ways to inoculate yourself against compassion fatigue and burnout.

After this web conference, you’ll be equipped with ways to assess your level of compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout. You’ll learn how to revitalize your work life, and you’ll have concrete ideas for changes you can implement now. You’ll create your own self-care plan to refresh your energy for your chosen career.

All information included reflects the most current thinking in the field. Resources will be shared, and you will be armed with valuable ways to recover your passion for helping others.

Join us as we learn new ways to turn compassion fatigue into compassion satisfaction.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify their own levels of compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout using a self-assessment instrument;
  2. Assess their own levels of resilience and determine ways to enhance resilience;
  3. Develop strategies to initiate changes in their workplaces to create healthier work environments;
  4. Formulate an effective self-care plan to reduce current symptoms and prevent the future development of compassion fatigue.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. A recording of the web conference will be available to members in GoodTherapy.org's Continuing Education Archives within two weeks. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

388CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services. GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

Martha was well spoken and addressed issues relevant to the audience. I enjoyed the presentation. -Melissa Huy, PhD

Thank you. This was an important topic! She had a great insight. I will be reviewing this material and really thinking about myself in the process. I also work with many clients in the caretaker professions. So this was not only useful for may own self care, but also many clients and friends too. -Terrie J. Towle, RN, LCPC

Meet the Presenter

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT

Martha Teater, MA, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a practice in North Carolina. She received her master's degree in counseling from Ohio State University, and she is also licensed as a professional counselor and a clinical addictions specialist.

Martha has trained thousands of clinicians in managing compassion fatigue. Her interest in compassion fatigue began after her deployment to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina as a Red Cross disaster mental health volunteer. Martha continues to participate in the American Red Cross as a disaster mental health manager, and she is a state advisor on disaster mental health for North Carolina.

An international consultant, Martha has written over 170 articles in magazines and newspapers, including Family Therapy Networker and Psychotherapy Networker. Martha is co-author of a chapter in the book Integrated Care: Applying Theory to Practice. She has a book coming out in October on compassion fatigue and self-care using cognitive-behavioral strategies. She is an international professional speaker for several organizations presenting on ethics, compassion fatigue, integrated health care, and the DSM-5. For more information about Martha and her work, please visit www.marthateater.com.

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.