Compassion Fatigue refers to the profound emotional and physical exhaustion that helping professionals and caregivers can develop over the course of their career. It is a gradual erosion of all the things that keep us connected to others: our empathy, our hope, and of course our compassion - not only for others but also for ourselves. Compassion fatigue has also been described as the “cost of caring" for others in emotional pain
Compassion Fatigue Solutions
Francoise Mathieu, M.Ed, CCC
Françoise Mathieu has worked in the field of mental health for the past 20 years. Her experience stems from her work as a crisis counsellor in a university counselling service and in community mental health. Françoise also worked for Health Canada's CFMAP (Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program) for nearly a decade. Françoise now works full time as a public speaker and consultant on topics related to burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, high stress workplaces, self care and helper wellness. Françoise is one of the leaders of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma education in Canada. Since 2001, she has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and self care across the country over 50 000 helping professionals in the fields of health care, trauma services, law enforcement, education and addiction treatment. Françoise is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as the author of several feature articles. Françoise's humour, engaging speaking style and positive outlook are hallmarks of her work.Françoise is the director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions, a consulting firm based in Kingston, On., which offers workshops, organizational health assessments and other specialised services to high stress, high trauma-exposed workplaces wishing to support their staff and create a healthier work environment. CF Solutions is composed of a team of highly experienced presenters who are also helping professionals. They deliver our workshops across the continent and in Europe.Françoise is also the chair of theCare4You Conference, a highly popular event which brings together leaders in the field, front line workers and compassion fatigue educators for two days of learning, connection and refueling. This event is held in June every year.
What is Compassion Fatigue?
Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout
Recognizing the Signs
Working in a Healthy Organization
Overloaded: Strategies to Manage Chronic Stress and Hectic Lives
How can I help support my staff?
Resources to get you started