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Addressing Compassion Fatigue and Promoting Self Care Strategies for Substance Use Service Professionals

Webinar Presented on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 by:

Beth Rutkowski, MPH, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs/Pacific Southwest ATTC

Nancy Roget, MS, UNR Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies/Pacific Southwest ATTC

Compassion fatigue is prevalent among those caring for people in distress. This secondary trauma and burnout are of particular concern in communities, and among first responders and health care providers caring for people with substance use, mental health, and primary health disorders. This webinar will help providers identify and manage the potential impact of witnessing and absorbing the suffering of people to whom they provide care, and provide strategies to promote self-care.


1. Recognize the three distinct and interrelated negative responses to stress.

2. Recall at least three factors that may contribute to community-level compassion fatigue among people who provide care to those experiencing substance use, mental health, and/or primary care conditions/disorders.

3. Identify at least three strategies to promote self-care, both in and out of the workplace.



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