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Coping with Compassion Fatigue: Solutions for Professionals and Traumatized Organizations

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT

Compassion fatigue is the behavioral, emotional, and social impact on individuals and agencies who provide treatment to individuals and families suffering with addiction and its co-occurring trauma, mental health and medical problems.  From this perspective, compassion fatigue evolves as employees experience progressive burnout and secondary/vicarious trauma from their day-to-day interaction with patients and stressful work-related demands on their time and emotional reserves.

In this webinar Dr. Michael Barnes will present data on the incidence of compassion fatigue in the addiction treatment environment.  He will discuss burnout and secondary trauma and how these issues form the foundation for compassion fatigue and the behavioral and bio-psycho-social symptoms exhibited by individuals in and outside of the work environment.  Dr. Barnes will outline interactional problems that are commonly seen within the day-to-day operations of organizations that work with traumatized individuals and families.  Finally, he will outline common self-care strategies that have been shown to be effective for treatment professionals and the organizations in which they work. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and explain compassion fatigue as a response to caring for complex addicted and traumatized patients that is experienced as both a form of burnout and secondary trauma
  • Identify compassion fatigue, based on the symptoms discussed, within themselves, co-workers, and direct-reports
  • Demonstrate self-care techniques and mindfulness processes as a means for reducing compassion fatigue symptoms


CEU Information

The Association for the Addiction Professionals - NAADAC

This course has been approved by Vendome Group, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider # 993121, Vendome Group LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

About the Speaker(s): 

Michael F. Barnes
Clinical Manager of Residential Services
University of Colorado Hospital/CeDAR

Dr. Michael Barnes is the clinical Manager of residential services at CeDAR (The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Hospital). He brings more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, program administrator, clinical supervisor and addiction counselor educator. He has significant expertise in the areas of addiction treatment, trauma therapy, and marriage and family therapy, with a specific interest in the development of trauma-integrated addiction treatment.

Dr. Barnes formerly served at University of Colorado Denver as assistant clinical professor and the training coordinator in the Master's program in counseling. He received his BA in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University.

Michael is a Licensed Professional Counselor and approved clinical supervisor for individuals seeking licensure as professional counselors and marriage and family therapists in Colorado.