Caring Safely® Individual or Professional Training

Learn how to prevent your own compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout or take the professional training and teach others how.

"Take it! Now! Don’t wait! It will change your life! I’m so glad I did..."

Spring Registration Opening Soon

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 or vulnerable, can take a toll on you.

  • And you have strategies to protect yourself from compassion fatigue and burnout by practicing sustainable caring.

Sustainable Caring

The ability to consistently provide compassionate care, with resilience, to the pain and suffering of others.

I'm Charlene Richard, Founder of Caring Safely®

As a Social Worker in addictions and mental health, I experienced compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout by my third year of practice. I tried extreme self-care with minimal success.

I had to learn a new way to manage the impact of my work or social work.

With research, training and my clinical skills, I developed a specific framework, with 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.

Most people don't know that there are specific strategies to protect yourself, while providing compassionate care. I created this training to teach people exactly how to do this.

Caring Safely Member's Feedback

Social Worker

“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."

Nurse

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…”

Teacher

“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 6 Pillars of Caring Safely

You'll learn a specific framework and practical strategies to prevent compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout with 6 modules released on a weekly basis and live, online sessions.

Self-Awareness

Formal Assessments and a framework to help you figure out what you need to do during the day to protect yourself.

Self-Regulation

Learn how to manage your physiological response to the anger, anxiety, fear, or sadness your clients have so you can prevent vicarious trauma.

Self-Compassion

Quick and simple ways to increase compassion for yourself and your clients. You’ll learn how this is key for sustainable caring.

Self-Care

The 30 minute, non-negotiable, self-care (loving discipline) you can sprinkle through your workday that will improve your energy and your mood.

Self-Management

Figure out how to take the information you learn and practice in this program and integrate it into your lifestyle for the long haul.

Community

Connect with people for support and encouragement as you make these positive changes in your life and work. These are your people!

Specialize in this subject matter and create your own trainings on this topic

The 12-month Professional Training Program is for professionals who want to specialize in this subject matter and create their own trainings. It continues with modules 7-12 after the first six modules are released.

Trauma-Informed Organizational Health

Learn a trauma-informed approach to organizational health, including how to recognize the impact of compassion fatigue in organizations.

Protective Factors in Clinical Work

This module is for clinical supervisors who want to learn how to integrate compassion fatigue protective factors into individual and group supervision.  

Develop An Expertise

Develop an expertise in this subject matter by deepening your knowledge of this subject matter as it relates to the population you want to help

Research and Development

You'll begin to compile your research, experience and strategies into a training you can offer others.  

Create Your Training

Learn how to take your information to develop the learning objectives, training outline, learning activities and participant feedback for your training. 

Who is Caring Safely® For?

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.

Community Support Workers – child protection workers, case managers, home care support workers, community social workers.

Delivery Format

The Caring Safely® online program is a blended course, with pre-recorded training videos and live, online, sessions for deeper learning.

Self-Paced Learning

Learn on your own schedule with 24 hours access to the training modules, previously recorded live sessions and downloadable worksheets/resources. 

Live Support From Instructor

Optional live, online, 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.

Caring Safely® Community

Connect with your peers as you learn and implement the framework and strategies you learn in Caring Safely® through our private Facebook Group.

Spring 2020 Caring Safely® Schedule Coming Soon

 

Modules 1-6 are released weekly on Wednesdays.

Weekly optional live sessions on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time.

After the six weekly live sessions, monthly live sessions are available.  

 

Spring Registration Opening Soon

Registration Options:

  1. Individual Program (6-month program includes modules 1-6)
  2. Professional Program (12-month program includes modules 1-12) plus immediate access to Private Practice Bliss™ online business training program

 

Registration Information:

  • Registration available in US and Canadian currency (see links for registration below)
  • Please see the FAQ section below for additional information
  • If you have any problems with registration, please email us at team@caringsafely.org
 

Individual Program

6 months access to:

- Caring Safely® training modules 1-6

- 30+ previously recorded live Q&As

- The Caring Safely® online community (Live Online Events and Private Facebook Group)

- Weekly live sessions and email support with Charlene for the 6-week program followed by monthly live sessions

- Optional quiz with certificate of completion

Payment Options:

 Registration is now closed

Professional Program

12 months access to:

Caring Safely® training modules 1-12

Immediate access to Private Practice Bliss™, the online training program to help you build a practice or business around your new expertise

Bonus Module 13: Done for you training resources that you can use for your workshops. 

A digital copy of Charlene's book 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress

30+ previously recorded live Q&As

The Caring Safely® online community (Live Online Events and Private Facebook Group)

Weekly live sessions and email support with Charlene for the 6-week program, followed by  monthly live sessions

Optional quiz with certificate of completion

Payment Options:

 Registration is now closed

Frequently Asked Questions

This training is for (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.

Community Support Workers – child protection workers, case managers, home care support workers, community social workers.

This program is for helping professionals who want to reduce or prevent compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.  

If you're ready to learn a new framework for approaching your work and are willing to try new strategies to protect yourself, this program is for you.

Please note this is an educational program and not therapy.  Anyone concerned about symptoms of mental illness should seek professional support.

The Individual Program takes approximately 18 hours to complete.  You have six months to complete the modules with six weeks of weekly live support, followed by monthly live sessions.

The Professional Training Program (modules 1-12) takes approximately 40 hours to complete. You have 12 months to complete the modules with six weeks of weekly live support, followed by monthly live sessions.

The Private Practice Bliss™ online training that is included with the Deluxe Professional Training Program includes over 6 hours of video training and takes approximately 18 hours to complete.

In order to access the content each week, you will need to log into a program with a username and password that you will create when you register.  If you have logged in and watched my free video training, then you have everything you need to access the course material.

There are video and audio files that you can watch/listen to. There are worksheets in Adobe Format that you can download. Adobe has a free program you can download to open the documents and there is a link to it inside the course platform.

You should have a basic understanding of logging into programs with a user name and password for this program.

Technically, these can be done on a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Keep in mind there are worksheets to print in each module and this is not always available from tablet/phones.

You can download the slides, handouts and audio practice to keep indefinitely, however, the video trainings are formatted and not downloadable.  You have access to them through the library for the duration of your program.

You will have the option to complete a quiz at the end of the program.

It is up to you to see if your regulatory college will accept this training.

Trainings offered through Caring Safely® have been previously accepted for continuing education hours through various organizations, including: NASW (Missouri Chapter), the Alberta College of Social Workers (Category A), The BC Nurses Union. 

Here is information that you can provide your regulatory body for this training (you can copy and past it if you’d like):

In order for someone to receive a certificate of completion for this training through Caring Safely, they must complete a pre and post test, a program evaluation and a final quiz that contains no more than 10% true and false questions with a passing grade of 80% or higher. The trainer that has a Master of Social Work degree and is provided by an organization that has a privacy officer. The trainer’s credentials include a bachelor of social work, a masters of social work, a clinical registration to provide psychosocial restricted activities and over 10 years of direct clinical practice. The trainer is registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) (Registration #11958) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).  Caring Safely training has previous been accepted by both the Alberta College of Social Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers and is a certified education institute in Canada.

No. The Caring Safely program has been designed so each person will work through the Individual Program in order to understand and integrate the framework and strategies themselves before deepening their understanding of the subject matter through the Professional Training. 

The purpose of the professional training program is to specialize in the concepts of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout and to learn how to create your own educational training materials. You will then decide what area you want to specialize in and create training materials to use in your workshops.  You will not be teaching the Caring Safely® content/curriculum.  

Each year there are a limited number of spots in the Professional Program so we suggest that you register for it if you know you want to take it. 

If there are remaining spots after registration closes, we will open registration for the Professional Program again shortly before it begins in January 2020 for those who have completed the Individual Program.   

Signing up for continuing education is an investment of time and money. We do not offer refunds, so please take the time you need to decide if this training program is for you. 

Instructor Bio

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.

 

""Take it! Now! Don’t wait! It will change your life! I’m so glad I did... The tools I learned to apply to my compassion fatigue and personal needs, were so incredibly valuable""

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