This new certification training offered by IATP will provide care professionals and paraprofessionals the knowledge and skills they need to become Certified Compassion Fatigue Professionals. Participants completing this course will gain a robust understanding of the causes, symptoms, preventions, and cures for compassion fatigue, burnout, vicarious trauma, and other potential negative consequences of working as a care professional or volunteer.
This course will first delve into the rich history and development of this phenomenon beginning with the first reports of negative consequences of helping others in ancient literature and continuing forward to 1995, the year that launched the current understanding and acceptance of this phenomenon. The course will also review some of the effective treatments and methods of prevention that define the state-of-the-art and science in understanding compassion fatigue, including new research with brain imaging and mirror neurons.
The course will utilize a thorough self-assessment to help the participant learn the spectrum of potential symptoms associated with compassion fatigue, burnout and other work-related conditions. Participants completing this course will learn to recognize and discern the difference between compassion fatigue symptoms--those that can be resolved by changing or behavior and/or perceptions around our work--and conditions that take a more intensive or specialized intervention. Upon completion of this course, the graduate will become an expert at recognizing symptoms and understanding their causes.
Drawing from over a decade of rich experience with the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue--the first and one of the few evidence-based effective treatments for compassion fatigue symptoms--this course will provide the participant with an in-depth understanding of the interventions necessary to resolve these symptoms. The course will explore a continuum of interventions: cognitive, behavioral, and relational, that have demonstrated the ability to resolve compassion fatigue symptoms.
Finally, the Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional training will comprehensively investigate the tools and methods for preventing compassion fatigue and developing resiliency to the frequently toxic environments that confront the caregiving professional and volunteer. Drawing from the recent exciting work of several current researchers and clinicians, this course will provide the participant with a toolbox stuffed full of interventions, skills, and understanding to help them both resolve and prevent the negative effects of caregiving work for themselves and their peers.
The Certified Compassion Fatigue Training will be offered in two formats: live seminar training or distance DVD training. You will be able to achieve this distinctive certification by either participating in the live event training or by watching the DVD version and by completing the enclosed examination.
Dates and locations to be announced. Stay tuned!