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*NEW DATE* Developing Resilience to Compassion Fatigue with Mike Kay

4th May 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

£40 – £80

Course Overview

This training is for professionals and volunteers in the health and care sector, who wish to continue their learning from the Emotional Well-being training, and develop a range of skills and techniques that will contribute to their resilience to ‘Compassion Fatigue’.

‘Burnout’ & ‘Secondary Traumatic Stress’ are components of ‘Compassion Fatigue’ and are commonly experienced by care givers, regardless of their specific discipline. Burnout is a slow onset and therefore can be experienced at varying degrees of intensity and of which there are known multiple causational factors. Conversely, secondary traumatic stress can be acquired from a single involvement with a person experiencing trauma.

This course provides delegates with a full understanding of compassion fatigue, drawing from the latest research. Methods and tools will be used to develop self-monitoring skills, together with holistic strategies for developing resilience.

Course Agenda

1. Identify with the risks to wellbeing in providing compassionate care.

2. Self-assess for levels burnout, secondary traumatic stress and compassion satisfaction.

3. Identify with the ‘Cycle of Caring’ (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2010) and its significance for maintaining well-being and warding off burnout.

4. Define the rewards and joys of caring and how these promote ‘compassion satisfaction’.

5. Explore a range of techniques, strategies and approaches to promote resilience and minimise the effects of compassion fatigue.

6. Develop a personal ‘self-care action plan’.

Mike is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Studies at the University of South Wales and an experienced Mental Health Counsellor for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. A Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Counselling Joint Studies, Mike also leads on a number of Modules for the BA (Hons) Creative & Therapeutic Arts and BA (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Practice. He brings to these roles, a wealth of experience in Learning & Development, having previously worked for Royal Mail for 25 years.

Mike’s special area of interest is Psychological Stress. He also has a particular interest in the development and onset of ‘Compassion Fatigue’ among Health and Social Care professionals. He has worked closely with Macmillan Cancer Support over the last 8 years, providing training in well-being and resilience.

More recently, Mike has qualified in Mindfulness Teacher Training with the Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research at Bangor University, practicing mindfulness personally, with his clients and providing mindfulness training.

This course will be run in English.


4th May 2019
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
£40 – £80


Anna Francis


The Vassall Centre
Gill Avenue
Bristol, BS16 2QQ United Kingdom
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