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Cultivating Healthy Boundaries to Reduce Compassion Fatigue

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"Compassion Fatigue" is common among those who work in the helping professions and can impair our ability to meet client needs.

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Those of us who work in the helping professions enter this work because of our sense of caring (empathy). When we overextend ourselves to deliver this care, it can lead to compassion fatigue (or, sometimes, vicarious trauma). This is a big contributing factor in work burnout.

Once burnout is reached, we are not able to meet the therapeutic needs of our clients. The overwhelm that comes with compassion fatigue can cause a shutdown of the parts of us that make us great at our job. In this interactive workshop, led by Paul Singleton III, CMT ATR LCAT, participants will learn to identify hidden traps that bring about compassion fatigue. This workshop will include mindful breathing exercises, writing and drawing exercises, as well as group discussion, all designed to make this an interactive learning experience.

2 CEs available to NYS LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, LMSWs, and NYS Licensed Psychologists from Hudson Valley Professional Development, LLC upon successful completion of training workshop.

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Participants will learn to identify compassion fatigue symptoms, and will learn to identify attitudes and behaviors that contribute to compassion fatigue.

Participants will learn the differences between "helping", "fixing" and "serving" and the implications for the therapeutic relationship.

Participants will learn about the Buddhist concept of "The Three Poisons" as it relates to the helping profession.

Participants will learn effective tools and strategies for maintaining healthy boundaries that will protect both professionals and the people we serve.

Paul Singleton III, CMT ATR LCAT (he/him) is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (ATR, LCAT), and Certified Mindfulness Teacher (CMT 200hr). Paul was first inspired to study Buddhist Psychology while practicing meditation as a teen. He received his formal training as a Buddhist monk under Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey, and completed Mindfulness Teacher training through The Interdependence Project.

A student of Art Therapist and Origami Master Toshiko Kobayashi, Paul teaches origami to groups as a mindfulness practice. Some of the organizations that Paul has led workshops with include Artistic Noise, The Okra Project, The Trevor Project, and Lululemon. As a practicing artist, Paul was a recipient of the 2020 Jersey City Arts Council Grant Award.

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