Weekly Community Conversations - National Call - Low Impact Debriefing 101: Sharing Our Stories Safe

When:  Nov 21, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals

About This Call's Topic: Low Impact Debriefing 101: Sharing Our Stories Safely
Research shows that regular, structured debriefing conversations significantly reduces the risk of secondary traumatic stress symptoms for helping professionals working in complex-stress, trauma-exposed environments. Venting about the difficult things we experience at work is natural, but debriefing isn’t what we do in the parking lot after our shift ends. To benefit from debriefing (and reduce the risk of spreading secondary trauma to our peers), we need to be intentional about how and what we share with each other. In this brief talk, we’ll learn a few simple tips to help us debrief more effectively, so that we can safely reflect on and process our work experiences.

Guest Speaker:
Jessica Dolce, Founder of The Compassion in Balance Program

Jessica Dolce, MS CCFE, is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, receiving her training from TEND Academy. She brings 20 years of experience working with and for companion animals to The Compassion in Balance ® Program, her online education platform for animal shelters.

She is an instructor with The Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida where she teaches wellbeing courses for veterinary students and animal welfare professionals. Jessica has worked with organizations such as the ASPCA, HSUS, The Animal Legal Defense Fund, The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, Best Friends Animal Society, and Animals Asia.

Jessica holds a Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education degree, is a Certified 3 Vital Questions ® Trainer, and certified in Mental Health First Aid. She lives in Maine and can be found online at: https://jessicadolce.com and http://compassioninbalance.com

About Community Conversations
Maddie’s Fund, hosts a weekly hour-long Zoom call for animal well-being professionals. These calls are a collaborative space to share exciting new programs and research, discuss uncomfortable topics, connect with peers in the industry, and more, all while sharing a common goal of preserving the human-animal bond.

This call, recurring each Monday unless otherwise posted, is for executive directors, animal well-being leaders, shelter workers, pet support professionals, volunteers, and rescue organizations.

You need only register once to attend each recurring meeting. By registering for this event, your email address will be added to our community conversations mailing list where weekly meeting agendas and announcements are shared by Maddie's Fund. We do not share your information.

All calls are recorded and uploaded to the Community Conversations page on Maddie’s Pet Forum https://forum.maddiesfund.org/communityconversations

Please note: All views expressed on these calls are not necessarily endorsed by Maddie’s Fund.



12-22-2022 11:27 PM

If you found Jessica's presentation helpful, you can have lots more in her 8-week Compassion Fatigue Strategies course with the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.

Register for the Spring 2023 session now to save with early bird registration until 12/31/22. 

Today’s animal welfare and veterinary medical professionals are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for animals, people, and the organizations that heal, connect, and protect them. If that’s you, it’s easy to feel like nothing you do is ever good enough. The work feels never-ending. Taking care of your own needs might seem impossible.

Transforming empathic distress (aka compassion fatigue) is absolutely possible for you and your staff. That’s why the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is once again offering its Compassion Fatigue Strategies online course with certified compassion fatigue educator Jessica Dolce.

This course will help you recognize signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma, learn how to reduce stress injury, increase your self-care and team-care practices, build compassion satisfaction, restore resiliency, and make successful changes in your life and in your organization.

Course Overview:

Module 1: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Workplace Stressors

You’ll dive in deep to understand what Compassion Fatigue (aka empathic strain) is and what the symptoms are in individuals and in organizations. You’ll get familiar with your own experiences, what factors contribute to CF, and assess your current levels of CF and burnout. And we’ll look at other workplace stressors: grief, ethical distress, working conditions, personal circumstances, trauma, and burnout.

Module 2: Managing Stress and Increasing Self‐Care

This module is dedicated to understanding stress and self-care. You’ll work to create a personalized system to help you monitor and manage your daily stress levels. Next you’ll jump in to the importance of self-care and map out a variety of practices that can be used on the job and at home.

Module 3: Building Compassion Satisfaction and Resiliency

This module is dedicated to connecting to the rewards of our work and shifting your perspective to a more (realistically) positive outlook in order to increase your Compassion Satisfaction. You’ll focus on resilience building techniques, including self-compassion and mindfulness practices, which will help you bounce back from the inevitable stress of your work.

Module 4: Taking Action and Committing to Change

In the final module, you’ll be working on setting doable goals, collaboration with your team/supporting your staff, and crafting a personal mission statement (and an organizational mission statement) to help keep you motivated as you take your new skills into the future! Leaders will learn about vicarious trauma-informed organizations and how to reduce burnout.

Learn more and register: https://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/education/continuing-education/compassion-fatigue-strategies/

11-23-2022 03:10 PM

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When:  Nov 21, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals


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