Jun 30, 2017 - The Pacific Veterinary Conference - Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA
Attendees learned the definitions, symptoms, and signs of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. Stress and the impact of the autonomic nervous system on these conditions was discussed. Compassion fatigue is a normal consequence of working in a caring profession that deals with traumatized patients and clients.
Attendees took the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) test and discussed their resultant scores for compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout. They also took the Secondary Traumatic Stress Test, which gave intrusion, avoidance, and arousal scores. Other assessment tools were also discussed. Interpretation of scores were emphasized for these evaluations, all of which are freely offered online and can be used in clinics and classes.
Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) tone influences susceptibility to depression, compassion fatigue, and burnout. Attendees learned how to stimulate their parasympathetic nervous system, impact the ANS teeter-totter, and improved their resilience. Increasing parasympathetic tone leaves one less likely to be under the influence of adrenalin and, as a result, less likely to be overwhelmed with stress and have impaired cognition and ability to reason.
Change is difficult for most people. Attendees learned how to use SMART Goals. Use of various support systems and development of a wellness network of fellow travelers was discussed. There are advantages and disadvantages of using social media as part of ones’ recovery support system. There are many applications to consider for monitoring resilience, tracking change, generating reminders, encouraging and training meditation and mindfulness, and even changing brain-wave patterns.
Mar 21, 2017 - VCA Mission - Mission, KS
Feb 4, 2017 - Plenary Luncheon Speaker at the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association Convention - Manhattan, KS
Nov 4, 2016 - Fourth Annual American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit - Fort Collins, CO
Change is hard, even when we know its importance intellectually. A variety of tools and techniques were described and reviewed.
Nov 5, 2016 - Fourth Annual AAVMC Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit - Fort Collins, CO
First there was a description of techniques used to increase resilience by increasing parasympathetic tone. This was followed by a guided meditation for approximately 5 minutes. Thus participants experienced the effect of these techniques first hand.
Nov 10, 2016 - State Line Animal Hospital - Leawood, KS
Oct 28, 2016 - Bethel Animal Hospital - Kansas City, KS
Jun 24, 2016 - Heartland Center for Behavioral Change