Compassion Fatigue and Mindfulness

Friday, December 9, 2016
The Heights
8001 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
The fee is $10 for non-members, cash or check only.

Helping professionals are often so busy taking care of others, they forget to take care of themselves as well. In this presentation, participants will learn the differences between burnout, vicarious trauma, caregiver stress, and compassion fatigue. The presentation views wellness as an ethical mandate for those in the helping professions and will provide techniques for maintaining one’s mental health.

The second part of the presentation will equip participants with tools to better manage their own wellness and relationship to stress. Participants will learn techniques that will allow them to work with clients from a place of mindfulness. Attendees will take home strategies to support their clients in building the resource of awareness and healthy habits of the brain and body. Mindfulness is not just a catch phrase; it is something that can be naturally embedded into daily life for people of all ages!


The presenters of this workshop are:

  • Connie Fisher is the Director of Mental Health Promotion for Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 26 years private practice experience. Connie has presented numerous workshops on a variety of mental health topics including stress management, burnout, compassion fatigue, and resilience. In addition, Connie has 13 years’ experience as an Adjunct Professor teaching a variety of courses on psychology, social work, and human services and is currently teaching a course at Washington University.

  • Melanie Fitzgerald has over 30 of educational experience working in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience in providing professional trainings to staff & parents throughout the St. Louis area. Melanie is currently employed by Special School District of St. Louis County as the Effective Practice Specialist for student support services in the Early childhood Department. Melanie created & maintains the county wide ECSE Student Support Teams to improve student behavior in the least restrictive environment. Melanie has received training, for the past 5 years, in Mindfulness through Mindful Schools & is in the process of developing a Mindfulness curriculum for Early Childhood students.

  • Sarah Lehman is a social worker for the Early Childhood Department of Special School District of St. Louis County. She has over 15 years of experience supporting children of all ages & their families. She uses a variety of play therapy techniques to work with students (& their families) with significant social, emotional, & behavioral concerns. She is also the founder of Play Therapy 4 Change! LLC, a local business that provides professional play therapy training for the St. Louis com-munity in addition to clinical supervision for social work-ers pursuing their LCSW & professionals pursuing their Registered Play Therapy (RPT) certification. Sarah has received training in Mindfulness through Mindful Schools & is in the process of developing a Mindfulness curriculum for Early Childhood students.



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COCAN Policy Notes - June 24, 2016


CoCAN co-sponsored a Legislative Wrap Up on June 8, 2016 where representatives from child advocacy organizations, including Missouri KidsFirst, spoke about the results of the 2016 Legislative Session. Highlights were as follows:


  • $1.25 million for a new Medicaid code for evidence-based mental health services for children served by Child Advocacy Centers.
  • $408,000 for ten additional Children's Division workers to provide family assessments to youth with problem sexual behaviors. This funding will allow the Division to hire ten additional staff to meet the demand of the law, ensuring safe and appropriate implementation of these assessments.
  • $200,000 to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to implement a trauma-informed schools initiative and pilot project.


  • Confidentiality for Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases (HB 1562). Prohibits Child Advocacy Centers, health care providers and multidisciplinary team (MDT) members from copying and sharing forensic interviews and medical exam photos of child sex abuse victims without a court hearing and a protective order. Insures forensic interviews in court records of sexual assault victims that are closed and prohibited from public disclosure after trial.
  • Trafficking (HB 1562). Includes advertising of sex trafficking in the definition of the offense of sex trafficking.
  • Trauma-Informed Schools (SB 638). SB 638 contains provisions that require DESE to create a Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative and Pilot Program in Missouri schools.
  • Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (HB 2355).This bill creates the Missouri State Juvenile Justice Advisory Board to provide consultation and recommendations on best practices within the juvenile court system as well as juvenile officer standards.
  • Omnibus Child Abuse and Neglect bill (HB 1877). This bill:
    • Adds several child pornography crimes to the list of crimes that require placement on the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry.
    • Requires courts that have found individuals responsible for child abuse and neglect to notify the local prosecuting attorney and Children's Division for placement on the Central Registry.
    • Requires that all child abuse investigations of children three and under include an evaluation or a record review of the child by a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Child Abuse Resource and Education (SAFECARE) provider. If the SAFECARE provider makes a diagnosis of physical abuse, Children's Division must immediately submit a referral to the juvenile office with recommendations for the care, safety and placement of the child.
    • Creates the Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect.
    • Adopts the reasonable and prudent parent standard for foster care children, allowing foster parents to make reasonable decisions involving the children's participation in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural and social activities.
    • Provides greater clarity to the courts in determining when youth between the ages of 18 and 21 are allowed to return to foster care.

Have a wonderful summer!







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