Sustaining Compassion: Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First!

Presented by Martha Teater, MA, LMFT on 09-26-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

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.

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

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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

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo 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. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  •, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  •, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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