Jun 30, 2017 - The Pacific Veterinary Conference - Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA
Review of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
Attendees will learn 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 will be discussed. Compassion fatigue is a normal consequence of working in a caring profession that deals with traumatized patients and clients. Attendees will write down the signs and symptoms they have observed and discuss them in small groups.
Assessment Tools for Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
Attendees will take the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) test and discuss their resultant scores for compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout. They will also take the Secondary Traumatic Stress Test, which gives intrusion, avoidance, and arousal scores. Other assessment tools will also be discussed. Interpretation of scores will be emphasized for these evaluations, all of which are freely offered online and can be used in clinics and classes.
Resilience and Autonomic Nervous System Training
Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) tone influences susceptibility to depression, compassion fatigue, and burnout. Attendees will learn how to stimulate their parasympathetic nervous system, impact the ANS teeter-totter, and improve 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.
Low-tech and High-tech Tools to Facilitate Change
Change is difficult for most people. Attendees will learn how to use SMART Goals. Use of various support systems and development of a wellness network of fellow travelers will be 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.