You know it takes more

than self-care to reduce

compassion fatigue,

 

It takes trauma-informed compassion fatigue resiliency and support to develop it over time. 

I completely understand, you work in a system without enough resources to meet all the needs of the people who need help.

You worry about their needs, or safety, so you try to make up for the lack of resources with unpaid overtime, working through your breaks or taking work home. 

You do this because you care and you want to help.

And maybe you could sustain this level of work in the beginning, crashing on weekends to have enough energy for Monday morning. 

Or maybe you’d “white knuckle” it to the next long weekend or vacation, hoping that you could manage it differently after a few days off.

But it all adds up and, over time, it can lead to compassion fatigue or burnout. 

 

It doesn’t have to be that way.

You can learn how to practice Sustainable Caring.

Imagine going to bed Sunday night looking forward to your work week ahead, because you know you get to make a difference in people’s lives.  

Or waking up before your alarm, excited about the projects you’re involved in that will help make our world a better place (the world certainly needs that now!).

And what if you felt in control of your day, instead of rushing from one thing to the next?

Then, what if you left work on time with the energy to do things you enjoy, like yoga, advocacy events, cooking, or a painting class? 

What if you could stay in your field, providing compassionate care, and still enjoy life outside of work?

As someone who developed compassion fatigue and burnout (with panic disorder) and then found a way to not only recover, but enjoy another 10 years working in addictions and mental health, I’m here to tell you that you can!

I created Caring Safely®, the online training program, to teach you trauma-informed compassion fatigue resiliency.

I’m Charlene Richard, clinical social worker and founder of Caring Safely®. 

After five years in mental health, I had gone from loving my job to compassion fatigue and then burnout, with panic disorder. 

I wasn’t taught how to recognize and prevent this, so I thought it was my fault and that I just wasn’t strong enough to handle it.  I was planning to leave the field.

Then I learned these concepts and knew that I wasn’t alone, or weak.

I specialized in this and began teaching compassion fatigue resiliency in 2008, because I love teaching people like you strategies to stay in your job and feel good while doing it! 

Let me show you what it looks like to participate in Caring Safely®…

Caring Safely® is completely online, so you can access the modules and work at your own pace.

You can register for either Track #1 or Track #2 of the Caring Safely® training:

Track #1: The Personal Program (Modules 1-6)

You want to learn how to practice sustainable caring by building compassion fatigue resiliency in yourself.

  • How your personal history could be impacting your day-to-day work, without you even knowing it, and how to stop it from happening.
  • What your exact experiences are during the different phases of compassion fatigue and what your key warning signs are when you start to slip, so you can catch it fast.
  • How to develop personal motivation to make real, long-term, change in yourself, because during the ups and downs of change, most people give up.
  • How to recognize episodes of vicarious trauma and how to recover from it, so it doesn’t accumulate.
  • Most importantly, how to get to a place of sustainable caring, so that you can keep doing the work you enjoy and feel good while doing it!

Track #2: The Professional Program (Module 1-12)

You want to learn how to practice sustainable caring by building compassion fatigue resiliency in yourself and you’re a supervisor/principle/manager who wants to bring compassion fatigue education into the workplace and/or, you’re a helping professional who wants to develop an expertise in compassion fatigue so you can develop deliver your own workshops.

  • How to introduce trauma-informed compassion fatigue resiliency into the workplace
  • How to incorporate compassion fatigue protective factors into peer group and supervision
  • How to address resistance to addressing compassion fatigue in the workplace
  • Increase your knowledge of compassion fatigue resiliency and become an expert on the topic
  • How to create your own workshops and trainings on compassion fatigue, including outlines and templates and administrative forms.

Once you register…

1) Once you register for either Track #1 or Track #2, 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:

Week One: 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…

Week Two: 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…

Week Three: 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…

Week Four: No Module Release. Implementation Week with Live Q&A

Week Five: 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…

Week Six: 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…

Week Seven: 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…

Week Eight: No Module Release. Implementation Week with Live Q&A

That completes the Caring Safely training for Track #1: The Personal Program.

If you want to develop an expertise in Compassion Fatigue and want to bring the concepts into the workplace, or develop your own trainings to deliver, you can continue with Track #2: The Professional Program and receive modules 7-12 released over two weeks. 

Week Nine:  Modules Seven, Eight and Nine. 

Week 10: Modules 10, 11 and 12. 

 

Week Nine: 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…

Week Nine: 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…

Week Nine: 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…

 

Week 10: 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…

Week 10: 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…

Week 10: 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…

You won’t have to go through it alone.  Each week we will have a live Q&A where you can see other members of Caring Safely and me, live, in an online meeting room.  You can share your wins, learn from each other, ask questions or just listen in, it’s completely up to you.

And throughout the week you can connect with your fellow members in the private Facebook group where we will have discussions about the content and get to know each other better – because peer support is a protective factor for compassion fatigue!

 

Stay organized and track your progress in each module.  

Modules contain your videos, slides, worksheets and audio downloads.  There is also a place to take notes and ask questions. 

 

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

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…”

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

“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…

Download the full program outline

 

To make sure you get everything you need, you’ll also have access to 27 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. 

 

Not everyone is meant for this work, but you are and we need you. 

Caring Safely will teach you how to practice sustainable caring so you can keep providing compassionate care.

 

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 (buh-bye Sunday night dread!).

 

Feel energized and make plans for your future.

Learn how do this, with the support and accountability of like-minded peers.

 

Program Schedule

 

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

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 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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

End of Personal Program – Professional Program Continues

March 10th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Live Session Professional Program

March 12th Modules 7-12 Released

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

 

April

Live Session TBD

May 2019

Live Session TBD

June 2019

Live Session TBD

July 2019

There are no live sessions in July

August 2019

Live Session TBD

September 2019

Live Session TBD

October 2019

Live Session TBD

November 2019

Live Session TBD

December 2019

Live Session TDB

Caring Safely Feedback

Caring Safely has made such a positive difference to both my professional and personal life. I joined Caring Safely in the Fall of 2017 after many years of overworking in the field of education. The Caring Safely community is extraordinarily supportive and helpful. I’m thankful I found this program.”

Caring Safely Feedback

This program is helping me find happiness in my life, satisfaction in my work, and it is helping me be a better helping professional.”

Caring Safely Feedback

“In just the first few weeks I started noticing that I was able to let the little stressful situations at work roll off, and I noticed myself slowing down and paying more attention to my internal experience while at work. This helped me to be more attuned to myself and also to the needs of my clients.”

Caring Safely Feedback

Hearing from others in the Facebook live sessions and the Facebook group has shown me that I’m not alone and has given me courage and a new perspective.”

 

Register for the Caring Safely® Online Training Program

 

To make sure you’re supported as soon as you register, especially over the holiday season, you’ll also get immediate access to these bonus classes:

  • How to Cope With Anxiety
  • How to Cope With Depression
  • Meditation for Stress, Anxiety, Anger and Sadness.

The cost to work through the strategies in the Caring Safely training program, including the 45+ strategies, the guided audio practices, the week sheets and day sheets, with email support, in an individual format, would be $6,284 for Track #1 and $19,890 for Track #2, but the Caring Safely online training program significantly reduces the cost by providing comprehensive online training, in a group format, with individual support through live online sessions and email. 

***There are limited spots in both Track #1 and Track #2 to ensure enough support for each member*** 

Track #1 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

***In order to ensure we can provide enough support to each member, there are a limited number of spots in this program***

Track #2 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

***In order to ensure we can provide enough support to each member, there are a limited number of spots in this program***

14 day money back guarantee – if you’re not happy with the program, submit your completed worksheets for modules one and two for a full refund before January 29th.

If you have any questions please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below or emails us at team(at)caringsafely.org

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.

Download the full program outline

 

Register for the Caring Safely® Online Training Program

 

To make sure you’re supported as soon as you register, especially over the holiday season, you’ll also get immediate access to these bonus classes:

  • How to Cope With Anxiety
  • How to Cope With Depression
  • Meditation for Stress, Anxiety, Anger and Sadness.

The cost to work through the strategies in the Caring Safely training program, including the 45+ strategies, the guided audio practices, the week sheets and day sheets, with email support, in an individual format, would be $6,284 for Track #1 and $19,890 for Track #2, but the Caring Safely online training program significantly reduces the cost by providing comprehensive online training, in a group format, with individual support through live online sessions and email. 

***There are limited spots in both Track #1 and Track #2 to ensure enough support for each member*** 

Track #1 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

***In order to ensure we can provide enough support to each member, there are a limited number of spots in this program***

Track #2 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

***In order to ensure we can provide enough support to each member, there are a limited number of spots in this program***

14 day money back guarantee – if you’re not happy with the program, submit your completed worksheets for modules one and two for a full refund before January 29th.

If you have any questions please see the Frequently Asked Questions section above or emails us at team(at)caringsafely.org