Caring Safely® is a comprehensive program that goes far beyond self-care. It will fundamentally change the way you think about being a helping professional.

It will empower you to make small changes that lead to significant results.

And you’ll do this while being supported by the founder of the program and a group of amazing helpers from around the world.

Is Caring Safely a personal or professional program?

Caring Safely has two options:

Personal Training Program (modules 1-6) is for you if:

  • you want to learn how to recover from and/or prevent compassion fatigue for yourself.

Professional Program (modules 1-12) is for you if:

  • you want to learn how to recover from and/or prevent yourself from compassion fatigue and
  • you’re a supervisor or manager and want to bring compassion fatigue protective practices into the workplace and/or
  • if you’re a helping professional who wants to develop an expertise in compassion fatigue so you can develop and deliver your own workshops

Caring Safely Feedback

“Take it! Now! Don’t wait! It will change your life! I’m so glad I did. The tools I learned here, that I learned to apply to my compassion fatigue and personal needs, were so incredibly valuable…

Caring Safely Feedback

“I have gone to many training on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma during my years as a social worker, and have learned some valuable information, but not until I took the Caring Safely course have I felt that I have the tools to apply to my daily life and work as a clinician.

Caring Safely Feedback

“We hear about “burnout” and “compassion fatigue” all the time. In one ear, out the other, beautiful worksheets get put into a pile as we go back to our normal, even if toxic, routine. Caring Safely goes beyond what is easy to gloss over. It’s real, direct, and highly beneficial…”

Caring Safely Feedback

The structure of it was wonderful. The clear explanation of the concepts of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction that then lead into a vast array of strategies…”

How Caring Safely® works

Lecture based videos

Weekly modules released with 3-4 videos and audio.  Each module has handouts and worksheets to help you personalize and integrate the material.  Learn on your own schedule.

Live Q&As

Connect with Charlene during the weekly live, online, Q&A office hours. Available at different times of the day for international time zones. 

Connect with your peers

Join the closed Facebook group to connect  with your peers as you learn the content an support each other as you integrate the strategies into your daily life. 

How is Caring Safely® Unique

Caring Safely® is the most comprehensive, online program for compassion fatigue.

The learning platform is easy to navigate, allows you to track your progress, keep notes and ask questions inside each module.

The program promotes community with a private social media group, optional accountability partner and first access to any live retreats so you can meet up with your peers in a tropical destination.

Who should take Caring Safely®?

Early Compassion Fatigue

You’re in the early stages of compassion fatigue and you’re noticing the earliest signs. Whether this is beginning to take a few shortcuts, feeling distracted at work or starting to lose a bit of energy and cancel plans, Caring Safely can help you get back to protecting your compassion satisfaction.

Consistent Compassion Fatigue

You have less and less enjoyment from your job.  Whether this means you’re neglecting your family/friends/self, you’re working longer and harder, but it doesn’t seem to help or you’re questioning whether you can stay in your field, Caring Safely can help you reduce your compassion fatigue and get back to compassion satisfaction. 

Early Burnout Warning Signs

You used to love your work, but between the workload, lack of community resources and regularly empathizing with people who are suffering, you know you need to change something or your health may suffer. You’re on autopilot just trying to stay above water. Caring Safely can guide you to make small changes that will reduce your compassion fatigue and teach you how to practice sustainable caring.

Passion for the topic

You’re a helping professional who believes preventing compassion fatigue is an important skill that others need to learn.  Whether you have your own compassion fatigue you want to reduce or you’re a manager/clinical supervisor who wants to support staff, the Professional program can teach you how to take a trauma informed approach to reducing Compassion Fatigue and will guide you in developing training materials for your organization or population you want to help.

Outcomes

Caring Safely students who completed the program content within four months:

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86% increased compassion satisfaction

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86% reduced compassion fatigue

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93% reduced secondary traumatic stress

Tools to implement strategies

1) Once you register for the program, you will have access to the “Set Yourself Up for Success” workshop that will set the foundation for the rest of your work. 

You will be guided through a process that helps you set value-based goals, so your efforts are always leading you towards living an authentic life.  

This workshop will also teach you a method for planning your weeks and days with the Caring Safely® principles in mind.  There are printable handouts that will help you set goals and stay on track. 

 

Caring Safely® Modules:

Module One

The Concepts of Compassion Fatigue and Caring Safely

  • The path to sustainable caring. 
  • Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in compassion fatigue. Foundation for trauma-informed CF resiliency.
  • Warning and assessment
  • The Wellness Gauge
  • Breath for relaxation or energy – 2 guided audio practices.
  • And more…

Module Two

Reducing and Preventing Compassion Fatigue

  • Self-esteem and compassion fatigue
  • Value based goal setting with ACT paradigm.
  • The responsibility pie and locus of control.
  • Your Role as a Helping Professional
  • Value Based Intentions
  • Deep breathing relaxation practice – guided audio included
  • And More…

Module Three

Increasing the rewards of your profession

  • How to foster post- traumatic growth
  • Strategies from positive psychology
  • Solution Focused Problem Solving Model
  • Journaling for growth and deliberate rumination
  • Creating a new story and personal statement
  • Morning guided relaxation with intention – guided audio
  • And more…

Module Four

Reduce was depletes you. Add what nourishes you.

  • Flexi-self-care and subjective units of Nourishment
  • Perfectionism and The 80% rule
  • The USE model and assertive communication
  • The role of guilt in compassion fatigue
  • Guided Relaxation for Peaceful Sleep – guided audio practice
  • And More…

Module Five

Prevent Vicarious Trauma.  Reduce Chronic Stress.

  • How to practice self-regulation while empathizing with people
  • How to prevent emotional contagion
  • How to process difficult emotions that impact compassion fatigue
  • Vicarious Trauma Recovery Protocol
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation Practice – guided audio practice
  • And More…

Module Six

Strategic Use of Compassion. Sustainable Caring Lifestyle.

  • Barriers and rewards of compassion
  • How to cultivate self-compassion and use it strategically
  • The power of compassionate curiosity
  • Living your authentic ideal life
  • How to set goals for long-term change
  • How to create a sustainable caring lifestyle
  • Guided visualization – guided audio practice
  • And More…

Module Seven

Module Seven: Organizational Health and Compassion Fatigue

  • The compassion satisfaction-compassion fatigue model and interpreting the professional quality of life scale
  • The importance of trauma-informed workplace protective factors
  • Trauma informed workplace practices and compassion fatigue
  • Role of leadership in preventing compassion fatigue
  • And more…

Module Eight

Module Eight: Workplace Risk and Protective Factors

  • Manager’s role in addressing compassion fatigue
  • Organizational responsibility pie
  • Introducing compassion fatigue resiliency in the workplace
  • Organizational risk factors for compassion fatigue
  • Organizational protective factors for compassion fatigue
  • And more…

Module Nine

Module Nine: Individual Risk and Protective Factors

  • Clinical supervisor’s role in addressing compassion fatigue
  • Supervision and ACEs
  • Clinical supervisor’s role in change process
  • Introducing compassion fatigue in individual and group supervision
  • Example of supervision agreement
  • And more…

 

Module 10

Module 10: How to Create Your Own Compassion Fatigue Trainings

  • How to integrate the concepts from Modules 1-6 into training materials
  • Additional research and resources – books, articles, scales.
  • How to create compassion fatigue content for your specific population (niche
  • And more…

Module 11

Module 11: Developing and Delivering Your Trainings

  • Teaching the foundations of compassion fatigue
  • How to organize and create your content
  • Example outlines for presentations/workshops, activities and handouts
  • And more…

Module 12

Module 12: How to Create a Lifestyle Business With Your Specialization

  • Clarifying the focus of your lifestyle business
  • Marketing your services and negotiating fees
  • Workshop/speaking agreements
  • Feedback Forms
  • And more…

Download the full program outline

 

Watch previously recorded Live Q&As.

 

Over 27 hours of Caring Safely questions answered and even more strategies that you can use to practice sustainable caring. 

Imagine what it would be like to…

 

Enjoy your work again, like when you first started in your field.

Feel pride in what you do and how you help, knowing you’re making a difference.

End your shift with the energy to connect with friends or be active.

Wake up Monday morning feeling good about your week ahead (no more Sunday night dread!).

 

Specialize in this subject matter and develop  your own workshops and trainings.

Start or grow your own practice by adding speaking, workshops and training to your services.

Program Schedule

 

January 15, 2019 Caring Safely® Personal and Professional Programs Begins

January 15th Module One Released

January 15th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. GMT Caring Safely Orientation

January 20th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. GMT Live Session

January 22nd Module Two Released

January 27th 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. GMT Live Session

January 29th Module Three Released

February 2019

February 3rd to 9th Implementation Week

February  3rd 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Live Session

February 10th 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live Session

February 12th Module Four Released

February 17th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. GMT Live Session

February 19th Module Five Released

February 24th 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. GMT Live Session

February 26th Module Six Released

 

March 2019

March 3rd to 9th Implementation Week

March 3rd 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Live Session

March 10th 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live Session 

End of Personal Program – Professional Program Continues

March 12th Modules 7-12 Released

March 17th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. GMT Live Session Professional Program

March 24th 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. GMT Live Session Professional Program

 

April

For those in Track #2: The Professional Program you will be given access to Private Practice Bliss, an online training to help you start or grow your business.

May 2019

Live Session TBD

June 2019

Live Session TBD

 

Register Here

 

 

Registration is now closed. 

 

 

Level One: Personal Program

  • Bonus pre-course workshop Set Yourself Up For Success
  • Eight week online training program (six modules released over eight weeks)
  • 20+ lecture based videos, 40+ handouts/worksheets, 6 guided audio downloads
  • Weekly live Q&A/coaching with the Charlene for eight weeks
  • Six months Caring Safely® Community membership includes:
    • Monthly live calls with Charlene
    • Access to close Facebook group filled with your peers
    • Support via email/Facebook group
    • Access to your modules
    • Member prices for other online classes
    • Member only classes, activities and guest speakers
    • First option to register for live events/retreats
  • Option to extend Caring Safely® Community membership after six months
  • Option to request an accountability/support partner in the Facebook group
  • Quiz for certificate of completion for 24 continuing education hours (optional)

Registration Fee (US Currency):

Best Value: 1 payment of $499

Flexibility:  6 monthly payments of $97

Registration is now closed.

Level Two: Professional Program

  • Bonus pre-course workshop Set Yourself Up For Success
  • 10 week online training program (12 modules will be released over 10 weeks)
  • 30+ lecture based videos, 50+ handouts/worksheets, 6 guided audio downloads, templates for business documents
  • Weekly live Q&A/coaching with the Charlene for 10 weeks
  • 12 months Caring Safely® Community membership includes:
    • Monthly live calls with Charlene
    • Access to close Facebook group filled with your peers
    • Support via email/Facebook group
    • Access to your modules
    • Member prices for other online classes
    • Member only classes, activities and guest speakers
    • First option to register for live events/retreats
  • Option to extend Caring Safely® Community membership after 12 months
  • Option to request an accountability/support partner in the Facebook group
  • Quiz for certificate of completion for 48 continuing education hours (optional)
  • A digital copy of my book 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress
  • Six month access to Private Practice Bliss™, an online self-study to help you start and grow your business (released at the end of the 10 week program)
  • Option for additional 1-1 coaching with Charlene

Registration Fee (US Currency):

Best Value: 1 payment of $1,999

Flexibility:  12 monthly payments of $199

Registration is now closed. 

Caring Safely® Instructor

Charlene Richard B.S.W, M.S.W, RSW

Founder of Caring Safely®

In 2007, I was at the height of my compassion fatigue and developed a panic disorder. I didn’t know what compassion fatigue was and had no strategies for protecting myself. I just knew that I felt raw, exhausted and overwhelmed daily.

Then in 2008 I learned about compassion fatigue and burnout and became fascinated with it. Where many in my field would have left, I went in the opposite direction. I immersed myself into the research on compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction. I took various trainings in compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. For over 10 years I have offered live workshops, presentations, online programs and individual coaching on trauma-informed compassion fatigue resiliency.

I’ve worked with adults in addictions and mental health since 2004. Aside from my work with Caring Safely®, I’m an instructor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social work, a subject matter expert on trauma-informed practice with Bow Valley College, the author of 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress and I do 1-1 coaching with people who are building a practice and want to stay healthy while doing so (Private Practice Bliss™).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should register for this program?

This workshop is for (but not limited to):

Health Care Providers – nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, pharmacists, physicians, palliative care workers.

Mental Health Clinicians – psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, educational counsellors, psychiatric nurses, addiction counsellors, crisis counsellors, intake workers.

Teachers/Educators – teachers, teacher aids, school counsellors, principals, leadership.

Community Support Workers – child protection workers, case managers, home care support workers, community social workers.

How much time does the training program take?

There are two tracks to choose from.

Track #1 (the personal program) takes approximately 24 hours to complete.  You have six months to complete the modules with eight weeks of weekly live support, followed by monthly live sessions.

Track #2 (the professional program) takes approximately 48 hours to complete. You have 12 months to complete the modules with 10 weeks of weekly live support, followed by monthly live sessions.

What kind of technology do I need? 

In order to access the content each week, you will need to log into a program with a username and password that you will create when you register.  If you have logged in and watched my free video training, then you have everything you need to access the course material.

There are video and audio files that you can watch/listen to. There are worksheets in Adobe Format that you can download. Adobe has a free program you can download to open the documents and there is a link to it inside the course platform.

You should have a basic understanding of logging into programs with a user name and password for this program.

Technically, these can be done on a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Keep in mind there are worksheets to print in each module and this is not always available from tablet/phones.

Do I get Continuing Education Credits for this program?

You will have the option to complete a quiz at the end of the program.

If you complete the final quiz for Track #1 you will get a certificate for 24 hours of continuing education.

If you complete the final quiz for Track #2 you will get a certificate for 48 hours of continuing education.

It is up to you to see if your regulatory college will accept this training.

Trainings offered through Caring Safely® have been previously accepted for continuing education hours through the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the Alberta College of Social Workers (Category A), The BC Nurses Union.

Here is information that you can provide your regulatory body for this training (you can copy and past it if you’d like):

In order for someone to receive a certificate of completion for this training through Caring Safely, they must complete a pre and post test, a program evaluation and a final quiz that contains no more than 10% true and false questions with a passing grade of 80% or higher. The trainer that has a Master of Social Work degree and is provided by an organization that has a privacy officer. The trainer’s credentials include a bachelor of social work, a masters of social work, a clinical registration to provide psychosocial restricted activities and over 10 years of direct clinical practice. The trainer is registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) (Registration #11958) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).  Caring Safely training has previous been accepted by both the Alberta College of Social Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers and is a certified education institute in Canada.

Can I claim my tuition as a personal tax deduction:

As of 2018, Caring Safely is a certified education institute in Canada. Canadians will receive a Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202A) E 17 for personal income tax for the year of the program start date.