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Compassion Fatigue: Helping Ourselves to Help Others

In this training, presented by Dr. Sheri Gibson, professionals will learn the distinct differences between sympathy, empathy, and compassion; as well as the differences between compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma. Training attendees will learn the external and internal factors that increase one’s risk for compassion fatigue and the common associated warning signs. Dr. Gibson will share formal measures used to assess compassion fatigue among caregivers and professionals within organizations and agencies and offer tips for prevention including self-awareness, self-care, and self-regulation techniques toward the goal of better serving our aging community members and their families.

Dr. Gibson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a curricular emphasis in Geropsychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the V.A. Palo Alto Healthcare System and her post-doctoral training at UCCS to include The Aging Center and Peak Vista Senior Health Clinics, and Rocky Mountain Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) where she is currently employed as the staff psychologist on the interdisciplinary team. Dr. Gibson is also a faculty affiliate with the UCCS Gerontology Center. She holds a position as the Integrated Care Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Education for doctoral students completing a PhD in Clinical Geropsychology, lecturing on topics related to Integrated Care in geriatric care settings, and is the instructor for the Professional Advancement Certificate in Gerontology. Dr. Gibson has published works in the area of elder financial abuse for which she has received national recognition for her research and has presented lectures at national, local, and regional conferences. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, is Chair of the Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention (CCERAP), and is the recipient of the 2015 Joe Henjum Accolades Award recognizing business professionals for improving the lives of seniors in the Pikes Peak Region.

Caregivers and Professionals Who Should Attend
Social work practitioners, medical, psychologists and mental health, legal/judicial, law enforcement officials and personnel, home care placement agencies, court-appointed guardians and conservators, community-center board staff and clergy. All of the above – whether paid or unpaid.

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