Caring Safely® Professional Training

For helping professionals who want to specialize in trauma-informed compassion fatigue and burnout prevention. 

For a limited time, the Caring Safely® Professional Program is available On Demand.

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.  

The 6 Pillars of Caring Safely

You'll learn a specific framework and many practical strategies to prevent compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout.

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 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.

 

  • Learn a trauma-informed approach to organizational health, including how to recognize the impact of compassion fatigue in organizations.
  • A framework for clinical supervisors who want to learn how to integrate compassion fatigue protective factors into individual and group supervision.  
  • 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
  • You'll begin to compile your research, experience and strategies into a training you can offer others.  
  • 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.

Caring Safely 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…”

Delivery Format

The Caring Safely® online program is a blended course, with pre-recorded training videos and live, online, sessions for Q&A and discussions.

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, 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.

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 and Live Sessions.

For a limited time we are offering the Caring Safely® Professional Program On Demand

Since 2016 Caring Safely has been offered as an online annual training program with registration opening each Fall. 

In light of the global events surrounding Covid-19, and the impact on health care and service providers, we have received requests from people and organization to access this training now. 

For a limited time, we are offering immediate access to the full online training program.

 

Registration Includes:

  • Immediate access to the full Caring Safely® Professional Training Modules 1-12
  • Registration Bonus Training: Immediate access to Private Practice Bliss™, the online training program to help you build a practice or business around your new expertise
  • A digital copy of Charlene's book 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress
  • 30+ hours of previously recorded live Q&As
  • The Caring Safely® online community (Live Online Events and Private Facebook Group)
  • Monthly live sessions and email support
  • Optional quiz with certificate of completion.

 

Registration fee:  $1999 USD (includes tax where applicable).

No refunds available as you receive immediate access to the entire program. Please see below for FAQ. 

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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.

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 Professional Training Program (modules 1-12) takes approximately 36 hours to complete. You have 12 months to complete the modules with monthly live sessions for support (all months except August).

The Private Practice Bliss™ online training that is included contains 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 for a certificate of completion for 36 hours.

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.

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".  

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.

 

Registration Includes:

  • Immediate access to the full Caring Safely® Professional Training Modules 1-12
  • Registration Bonus Training: Immediate access to Private Practice Bliss™, the online training program to help you build a practice or business around your new expertise
  • 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)
  • Monthly live sessions and email support
  • Optional quiz with certificate of completion.

 

Registration fee:  $1999 USD (includes tax where applicable).

No refunds available as you receive immediate access to the entire program. Please see above for FAQ. 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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