TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF:
Compassion Fatigue and Mindfulness
Friday, December 9, 2016
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:
Have a wonderful summer!