Caring Safely for Personal and Professional Caregivers

Caring Safely® is an online program that will teach you a trauma-informed approach to reducing and preventing compassion fatigue and burnout

"Take it! Now! Don’t wait! It will change your life! I’m so glad I did..."
November 6, 2019

You want to help people because you're a caring person

But you didn't know how:

  • Hard it would be to regularly support people who are hurting
  • Stressful it would be to try to help people without enough supports or resources
  • Often you would put your own needs aside as you try to provide all the help that is needed
  • Your own health and relationships would suffer from trying to manage it all alone 

And I want you to know that you’re not alone

What you're feeling is real...

Burnout is now classified as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” (World Health Organization)

"“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.“ "

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Social Worker

That's why I created Caring Safely®

Caring Safely Means:

  1. You understand that regularly helping and caring for people who are suffering can take a toll on you.
  2. You have a framework and strategies to protect yourself while providing compassionate care.
  3. You want to keep helping people and learn how to practice sustainable caring

Hi, 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 new ways to manage the impact of my work or leave my field entirely.

Through my research, training and clinical experince, I developed a specific framework, with practical strategies, to reduce the pain and increase the joy of helping people.  

For over 10 years I've been teaching people like yourself how to prevent burnout, because "self-care" alone is not enough.

I also know what it's like to be the primary caregiver for a loved one going through chemotherapy and how personal caregiving differs from professional caregiving. 

I created the Caring Safely® online program to teach my framework and strategies for personal and professional caregivers around the world. 

Sustainable Caring:

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

"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…” "

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Nurse

you'll learn The 6 Pillars of Caring Safely

You'll learn a specific framework and practical strategies to reduce and 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!

Are you a helping professional who wants to specialize in this field to help others with compassion fatigue?

If so, Caring Safely® also offers an extended 12-month Professional Training Program, which includes modules 1-6 from the individual program and extended with modules 7-12 for helping professionals who want to specialize in this subject matter and create their own trainings. Modules 7-12 are released simultaneously at the end of the Individual Program and include additional live, online, sessions for professional members only.

Modules 7-9 will deepen your understanding of compassion fatigue and burnout in the workplace.
  • A trauma-informed approach to organizational health, including how to recognize the impact of compassion fatigue in organizations.
  • How managers can integrate compassion fatigue protective factors into the workplace.

  • How clinical supervisors can integrate compassion fatigue protective factors into individual and group supervision. 

 


 
Modules 10-12 will guide you to research and develope your own framework and training materials.
  • Narrow your focus as you begin to specialize in specific subject matter topics and populations you want to teach.
  • Learn how to take your research and information to develop learning objectives, training outlines, learning activities and participate feedback for your own trainings.
  • Create an outline and learning materials for your own presentations and workshops.

"“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…”"

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Teacher

Who is Caring Safely® For?

Caring Safely® is for those who regularly care for people, personally or professionally.

Health Care Providers including: nurses, social workers, counselors, lab technicians, hospital staff, physiotherapists, massage therapists, pharmacists, palliative care workers.

Teachers/educators, social service providers, child protection workers, first responders, legal services, volunteers and clergy.

Personal caregivers for loved ones who requires care and support in their daily lives.  

How the training is delivered

The Caring Safely® online training program is delivered in a blended format, with pre-recorded training videos and live, online, sessions for going deeper into the learning materials.

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.

The Fall 2019 Caring Safely® Schedule

CARING SAFELY BEGINS NOVEMBER 6, 2019

(All times are in Mountain Time)

November 6:  Module 1 Released and 5:00 p.m. live, online, welcome/orientation

November 13: Module 2 Released

November 20: Module 3 Released

November 27: Module 4 Released

December 4: Module 5 Released

December 11: Module 6 Released

Weekly Live Sessions from 5:00 to 6:00 on:

November 10, 17, 24

December 1, 8, 15  

Caring Safely® Second Annual Live, Online, Holiday Party on December 15th at 6:00 p.m. after the final live session.

January 8, 2020 Modules 7-12 Released for Professional Program

Monthly live, online sessions for individual program and professional program begin in January 2020. 

 

How to Register

You have three options for registration:

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

 

Registration Information:

  • Registration fees are in US Dollars
  • Taxes not included where applicable
  • Please see the FAQ section below for additional information
  • Limited spots available for each program

If you have any problems with registration, please email us at team(at)caringsafely.org

Individual Program

$499

or 6 monthly payments of $99

6 month program:

- Caring Safely® training modules 1-6

- 30+ previously recorded live Q&As

- The Caring Safely® online community (Private Facebook Group)

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

- Monthly live sessions beginning January 2020

- Optional quiz with certificate of completion

- Easy to use online learning platform with technical support from the Caring Safely team

Payment Options:

Click Here to Register for 1 Payment of $499

Click Here to Register for 6 Payments of $99

Professional Training Program

$1999

or 12 monthly payments of $199

12 month program:

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

- Caring Safely® training modules 1-12

- 30+ previously recorded live Q&As

- The Caring Safely® online community (Private Facebook Group)

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

- Monthly live sessions beginning January 2020

- Optional quiz with certificate of completion

- Easy to use online learning platform with technical support from the Caring Safely team

Payment Options:

Click HERE to Register for 1 Payment of $1999

Click HERE to Register for 12 Payments of $199

Deluxe Professional Training Program

$2799

or 12 monthly payments of $279

12 month program:

- 10-Months of access to Private Practice Bliss™, the online training program to help you build a practice or business around your new expertise (Valued at $799) 

- Three, private, online small group coaching sessions for Deluxe Members only between January and June 2020 (Valued at $999)

- Bonus Module 13: Done for you training resources that you can use for your workshops. Released with modules 7-12 on January 7, 2020.

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

- Caring Safely® training modules 1-12

- 30+ previously recorded live Q&As

- The Caring Safely® online community (Private Facebook Group)

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

- Monthly live sessions beginning January 2020

- Optional quiz with certificate of completion

- Easy to use online learning platform with technical support from the Caring Safely team 

Payment Options:

Click Here to Register for 1 Payment of $2799

Click HERE to Register for 12 Payments of $279

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.  

You will join an online meeting with your fellow Deluxe members to support your development as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist. Here you will access direct support from Charlene for any questions you have as you create and market your workshops.  

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. 

As of 2018, Caring Safely is a certified education institute in Canada and tuition for the professional program is eligible for a tax deduction for those in a designated field. 

 

While Caring Safely is located in Canada, the nature of online training means that we have customers from various countries around the world, primarily in the United States. The US currency is the most widely recognized currency globally and for these reasons Caring Safely does price and charge registration fees in US dollars. We do our best to ensure people are aware of the currency by listing it on the course information page, the registration/payment form and the in purchase agreement.

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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Social Worker

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Individual Program

$499

or 6 monthly payments of $99

6 month program:

- Caring Safely® training modules 1-6

- 30+ previously recorded live Q&As

- The Caring Safely® online community (Private Facebook Group)

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

- Monthly live sessions beginning January 2020

- Optional quiz with certificate of completion

- Easy to use online learning platform with technical support from the Caring Safely team

Payment Options:

Click Here to Register for 1 Payment of $499

Click Here to Register for 6 Payments of $99

Professional Training Program

$1999

or 12 monthly payments of $199

12 month program:

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

- Caring Safely® training modules 1-12

- 30+ previously recorded live Q&As

- The Caring Safely® online community (Private Facebook Group)

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

- Monthly live sessions beginning January 2020

- Optional quiz with certificate of completion

- Easy to use online learning platform with technical support from the Caring Safely team

Payment Options:

Click HERE to Register for 1 Payment of $1999

Click HERE to Register for 12 Payments of $199

Deluxe Professional Training Program

$2799

or 12 monthly payments of $279

12 month program:

- 10-months of access to  Private Practice Bliss™, the online training program to help you build a practice or business around your new expertise (Valued at $799) 

- Three, private, online small group coaching sessions for Deluxe Members only between January and June 2020 (Valued at $999)

- Bonus Module 13: Done for you training resources that you can use for your workshops. Released with modules 7-12 on January 7, 2020.

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

- Caring Safely® training modules 1-12

- 30+ previously recorded live Q&As

- The Caring Safely® online community (Private Facebook Group)

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

- Monthly live sessions beginning January 2020

- Optional quiz with certificate of completion

- Easy to use online learning platform with technical support from the Caring Safely team 

Payment Options:

Click Here to Register for 1 Payment of $2799

Click HERE to Register for 12 Payments of $279

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