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Community Film Series: Portraits of Professional CAREgivers

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Connecticut Women's Consortium

2321 Whitney Avenue

Suite 401

Hamden, CT 06518

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This full feature documentary film deals with those who heal the injured and assist the traumatized - social workers, clinical therapists, emergency nurses and doctors, hospice staff, first responders, firefighters, police and other related trauma personnel - but receive little help in managing their own emotional pain and exhaustion, and frequently experience secondary trauma, and at times dramatically higher rates of addiction, suicide, and PTSD.

Through dramatic personal stories, Portraits of Professional CAREgivers probes the emotionally risky aspects of professional care providers. We ask the question: How is the care provider affected emotionally and physically, and who helps our helpers? Through the poignant stories of the professionals, the audience will discover that engaged empathic caregiving can be a significant occupational hazard; we explore the painful and human sides of these professions and the professionals’ response to trauma known as Compassion Fatigue or Secondary Traumatic Stress. We also recognize the profound meaning caregivers may experience in their high risk work and how some progressive agencies are beginning to develop essential structures for staff support.

View the trailer: http://caregiversfilm.com/




The film screening begins at 6pm. A Q&A with panelists will follow.

Panel will be moderated by Eileen M. Russo, MA,LADC, Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator.

Panelists to be announced.



The Connecticut Women’s Consortium’s Community Film Series endeavors to stimulate connections, raise awareness, increase knowledge, and encourage dialogue about current issues impacting our communities. As part of our vision of eliminating discrimination and promoting excellence in our behavioral health system, we will offer a series of thought-provoking documentaries on topics addressing the secondary trauma of caregivers, incarceration and re-entry, veteran mental health, the opioid epidemic, the recovery movement, and childhood trauma.

Films are free and open to the public. Light snack and refreshments available starting at 5:30pm and films start at 6:00pm. The screening will be followed by panel discussions and audience question and answer sessions. Please join us to connect with those who share your concerns about ensuring our communities remain committed to addressing the behavioral health needs of all.

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