When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 2pm – 3:30pm (EDT)

NOTE: The live webinar presentation will not be recorded for future viewing and a copy of the slides will not be available for distribution following this webinar. Please be sure to attend the live webinar on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST


Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), also referred to as Compassion Fatigue is defined as the indirect exposure to difficult, disturbing, and/or traumatic images and stories of the suffering of others. Now, the fight against two global pandemics plaguing this country: health and systemic racism is amplifying all the factors that lead to compassion fatigue. These pandemics demand an increased need for front line and direct response workers to fulfill the medical, mental, and social health needs of the families and communities impacted. When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress training is an overview designed to bring awareness to the systematic impact of STS, offer a safe space for helping and healthcare professionals to learn strategies for managing STS and also to assist our front line workers in providing from a full well of compassion rejuvenation.

During this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Identify the signs and contributing factors to compassion satisfaction and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue and burn-out.
  • Identify and implement the parallel process of healthy boundary setting and self-advocacy from staff to student, practitioner to client or caregiver to loved one.
  • Identify and implement strategies for managing themselves in highly emotional charged interactions with clients and/or loved ones.
  • Incorporate Trauma informed top down and bottom up practices (Cognitive Processing, Grounding, Deep Breathing/Relaxation and Mindfulness exercises) in their daily regimen


Sharise Nance (also known as the Compassion Fatigue Lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. She is the co-owner and founder of HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC outpatient mental health services and founder of Vitamin C Healing, LLC an organization designed to promote life balance, satisfaction, and fulfillment among those throughout the helping profession and beyond.



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