Do you suffer from compassion fatigue? From burnout?
Do you yearn for compassion satisfaction?
What is your current assessment of your professional quality of life?
Do you have self-care practices that enable you to work with people experiencing trauma in sustainable ways?
A few weeks ago, a colleague in our system on the student services of the house contacted me to ask for my feedback as she revised a F2F session she had facilitated on self-care into a webinar. As we went through her slide deck, she defined “Compassion Fatigue” a term I have heard before, have experienced before, and witness in the stories I hear from practitioners in our system.
I had not, however, heard, or even imagined, the opposite end of the spectrum— “Compassion Satisfaction.”
I found myself then trying to imagine in to exactly what “Compassion Satisfaction” might look like. And then . . . how does one achieve or get to this state?
I’ve learned over time if I am patient in my inquiry, the answers will appear.
So at the winter ATL retreat, when Sally Heilstedt, amazing dean at LWIT, told me about HeartMath, I heard a very clear answer. Sally is the one who brought the Odessa notion of “The 4 Commitments” to LWIT (and thus to our system) and revised it/imagined it/breathed new life into as “The 4 Connections.”
So when Sally tells me about professional learning she believes is transformative for individuals and institutions, I pay attention.
LWIT faculty member, Mihaela Cosma, is a certified HeartMath Trainer; she will guide participants through the core practices of HeartMath at the upcoming Spring ATL Retreat.
Tuesday, May 1st to Wednesday May 2nd, 2018
Clark College, Vancouver, WA
If you are looking to deepen your capacity to serve while avoiding (or healing from) compassion fatigue and burnout . . . consider attending the spring retreat to experience HeartMath.
Draft Agenda: http://bit.ly/2GHigZ8
PS—If you’d like to assess your professional quality of life, this quiz will help you assess your level of compassion fatigue, as well as your compassion satisfaction. No matter what your result, the website has TONS of free resources.
PPS—If you want to know more about HeartMath practices, and you can’t come to the retreat, you can read more in this book.