Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue with Foundation for Jewish Camp

Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue with Foundation for Jewish Camp

Dates: March 25, 2021
Location: Virtual

Course Details

As professionals, we are often drawn to this work because we love humans and have a strong desire to support and to serve. With this good intention at heart, we sometimes find ourselves in over our heads, struggling to hold emotional boundaries. Commonly referred to as “compassion fatigue” what happens when the stress of working in the midst of others’ stress and trauma begins to impact our own mental health? This workshop helps professionals learn the causes and effects of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, and offers coping strategies, warning signs and action plans to help minimize compassion fatigue. The workshop will help professionals personally answer the question: How do we balance our ability to empathize and be compassionate with others with our need to protect and sustain ourselves as professionals? In understanding compassion fatigue, we can also think about ways we might apply that knowledge in creating programming for campers and staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know: Professionals will be able to define and understand compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, the symptoms associated with it, and their personal and professional trigger points
  • Do: Professionals will build skills to support students while maintaining healthy emotional boundaries
  • Feel: Professionals will feel empowered to say no and ready to ask for support when they need it.


Who It’s For

This course was designed for FJC’s S’more Wellness Day of Learning for camp staff preparing for summer 2021 and beyond.


This session will take place on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 10:45AM – 12:00PM MST.

Registration Details

This program is open to all camp folks, educators, and affiliates, including seasonal leadership staff and unit heads. Feel free to check out Foundation for Jewish Camp’s website for more information and to register.

If you are interested in bringing this program or similar content to your organization or community, please contact Emily Heeren at EmilyH@BaMidbarTherapy.org.


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