Understanding Compassion Fatigue – A Workshop for Health Care Students and Professionals

When you are in the business of helping others, your wellness depends on you developing resiliency skills that will help combat compassion fatigue and burnout. But what is compassion fatigue? And how can you develop the skills to avoid burnout?

On October 13, Registered Social Worker and Compassion Fatigue Specialist Amanda Rocheleau will be in Lennoxville to offer a presentation on this topic to students who are studying in healthcare-related fields, and to individuals who have just recently begun their caring careers.

Participants will learn what compassion fatigue is, and how to recognize the signs of it. They will also develop a better understanding of their own personal and professional needs, and they will gather practical strategies for building sustainable self-care commitments.

The presentation will take place at 3:30 pm on Friday, October 13 in Cleghorn Room on the Bishop’s University campus. It is free for all who wish to attend, but advance registration would be appreciated. To sign up, contact Michelle at Townshippers’ Association, at 819-566-5717 or [email protected]

Amanda’s presentation will be followed by a health and social services networking soirée that will enable new or soon-to-be health care workers to meet and mingle with seasoned professionals and community volunteers. This free event is an excellent opportunity for participants to make some connections in their chosen field, and to meet key community members who could help them expand their professional networks.

The networking soirée is open to anyone who is bilingual and interested in working in the health and social services fields. It will also take place in Cleghorn Room, starting at 6 pm. To learn more, or to register for the activity, visit www.hsssoiree2017.eventbrite.ca or call Townshippers’ Association at 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717).

Did you know colouring in the evenings may improve sleep?

We may not all know it, but using electronic devices before bed can contribute to insomnia – exposure to the blue light emitted by these devices can disrupt circadian cycles and disturb melatonin levels. We are often at a loss for what to do in the evening though – these days, it can seem like there are few options that don’t involve electronics. Great news – you can try colouring instead!

All you need are some pages with the outline of an image and crayons or markers to while away a bit of time before bed in a fun and relaxing way. Since colouring is said by some to have a calming effect on the mind, it is a perfect electronics-free way to spend a little time before “lights out”.

Want to get a little practise in before trying on your own? Come and our Wednesday evening Colour Café on October 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Maison de la Culture John Henry Pope, Cookshire-Eaton, 25 Principale Est.

Open to all this free activity is hosted by Townshippers’, La Relève du Haut-Saint-François, the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre and the Centre d’Action bénévole (CAB) du Haut-Saint-François. The Colour Café will be held every second Wednesday from now until June. Dates subject to change. Follow Townshippers’ on Facebook for announcements.

To view the schedule online visit www.Townshippers.org/ColourCafe or contact Michelle at 819-566-5717.

Don’t miss the next Food for Thought: Caring for your eyes

Find out how to keep your eyes healthy from Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Coffey at the Food for Thought lunch and learn this Friday, October 6, at noon at St. Paul’s United Church hall, 211 rue des Pins, Magog. This activity from Townshippers’ helps connect caregivers in the English-speaking community with relevant information and resources through expert-led presentations. Participants have the chance to ask presenters questions and connect with other caregivers. Join us and learn a little. All are welcome. Lunch: $7. Presentation: free.  No registration necessary.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website www.Townshippers.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Facebook.com/Townshippers. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Photo Credit: Courtesy Kat Jayne (CC0)

Photo Caption: Compassion fatigue has been described as the ‘cost of caring’ for others in pain. Anyone who has been in a position of caregiving can understand this occupational hazard, but there are ways to manage the emotional exhaustion and reduce its toll. An Oct 13th workshop will help professionals and students learn how.