My guest on this episode of Increase Your Impact was Char Richard.  Char is a clinical social worker with a specialization in helping health care providers, and helping professionals, prevent burnout while increasing compassion satisfaction.  Char joined me to discuss her work in the area of compassion fatigue and specifically her work with helping professionals in the health care field.

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Show Notes

  • Introduction & Welcome (00:00)
  • What is Compassion Fatigue? (02:35)
  • How did you become interested in this field? (06:15)
  • Is awareness about Compassion Fatigue increasing? Or is there lots of stigma around it? (11:05)
  • What are some of the risks if Compassion Fatigue is not noticed and treated? (13:00)
  • What are some the ways to self-treat Compassion Fatigue? (15:35)
  • Can Compassion Fatigue occur in other, non-health-care related fields? (17:35)
  • What are some of the early warning signs of Compassion Fatigue? (19:15)
  • What are the best ways people can get help if they are suffering from Compassion Fatigue? (21:35)
  • What benefits do you see with people who treat and manage their Compassion Fatigue? (25:25)
  • What resources would you recommend for people who want to learn more about Compassion Fatigue? (27:45)
  • What are some of your top strategies for managing stress from your book 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress? (29:30)
    • Noticing where in your body stress first appears
    • Deep breathing & meditation
  • What does Impact mean to you? (34:25)
  • What Impact do you want to have on the world? (35:25)
  • What is holding you back from having a bigger Impact? (36:25)
  • Is there any difference in Compassion Fatigue between mental health and medical providers? (40:45)
  • Where can people go to learn more about what Char is up to?
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