For helping professionals who want to specialize in trauma-informed compassion fatigue and burnout prevention.
Caring Safely means...
You know you were meant to help people, that's why you entered your profession.
But you also understand that regularly helping people who are suffering can take a toll on you.
And you have strategies to protect yourself from compassion fatigue and burnout by practicing sustainable caring.
I'm Charlene Richard, a Social Worker and founder of Caring Safely®.
As a Social Worker in addictions and mental health, I experienced compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout in my third year of practice.
I had to learn a new way to manage the impact of helping people with mental health and trauma or leave social work for good.
With research, training and my clinical skills, I developed a specific framework and practical strategies to practice something I call Sustainable Caring.
For over 10 years I've been teaching others how to prevent burnout, because "self-care" alone is not enough.
Do you know that there are specific strategies you can use to protect yourself from acute stress/post-traumatic stress, while providing compassionate care? There are things we can do during and after our work to stay physically and mentally healthy while caring for people who are suffering. I created this training to teach people exactly how to do this.
In 2017 I decided to create a professional training program that would teach the principle of Caring Safely® and support people to develop their own training materials to offer in their workplace or community.
You'll learn a specific framework and many practical strategies to prevent compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout.
Formal Assessments and a framework to help you figure out what you need to do during the day to protect yourself.
Learn how to manage your physiological response to the anger, anxiety, fear, or sadness your clients have so you can prevent vicarious trauma.
Quick and simple ways to increase compassion for yourself and your clients. You’ll learn how this is key for sustainable caring.
The 30 minute, non-negotiable, self-care (loving discipline) you can sprinkle through your workday that will improve your energy and your mood.
Figure out how to take the information you learn and practice in this program and integrate it into your lifestyle for the long haul.
Connect with people for support and encouragement as you make these positive changes in your life and work. These are your people!
The Professional Training Program is for professionals who want to specialize in this subject matter and create their own custom trainings for their workplace or community.
Caring Safely® is for people who work in helping professions such as, but not limited to:
Health Care Providers – nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, pharmacists, physicians, palliative care workers.
Mental Health Clinicians – psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, educational counsellors, psychiatric nurses, addiction counsellors, crisis counsellors, intake workers.
Teachers/Educators – teachers, teacher aids, school counsellors, principals, leadership.
“I have gone to many trainings on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma during my years as a social worker, and have learned some valuable information, but not until I took the Caring Safely® course have I felt that I have the tools to apply to my daily life and work as a clinician."
We hear about “burnout” and “compassion fatigue” all the time. In one ear, out the other, beautiful worksheets get put into a pile as we go back to our normal, even if toxic, routine. Caring Safely goes beyond what is easy to gloss over. It’s real, direct, and highly beneficial…”
“The structure of it was wonderful. The clear explanation of the concepts of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction that then lead into a vast array of strategies…”
The Caring Safely® online program is a blended course, with pre-recorded training videos and live, online, sessions for Q&A and discussions.
Learn on your own schedule with 24 hours access to the training modules, previously recorded live sessions and downloadable worksheets/resources.
Optional live, online, monthly sessions with Charlene and your Caring Safely® peers to ask questions and review case examples. These are recorded for those who can't attend live.
Connect with your peers as you learn and implement the framework and strategies you learn in Caring Safely® through our private Facebook Group and Live Sessions.
Charlene Richard, B.S.W, M.S.W., RSW
Charlene is a registered social worker in Calgary, Alberta who has been working in addictions and mental health since 2005 in various settings, including; crisis shelters, university counselling centres, community health centres, primary care and private practice.
She has been providing training for individuals and organizations on compassion fatigue resilience and mental health since 2008. Charlene is the founder of Caring Safely® a certified educational institute in Canada. She is also a sessional instructor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work and a Subject Matter Expert in Trauma-Informed Care. She is the author of 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress.