Compassion stress is a normal and natural response to working in a caring field -- and the field of animal care and protection is no exception. Awareness of suffering, our desire to take action to alleviate it, and the weariness that results from the volume of work and depth of caring, all lead to exhaustion and burn out if not carefully managed. This self-paced course will allow you to explore the signs and symptoms of compassion stress, fatigue, and burnout, and provide a variety of tools and strategies you can use to sustain involvement in a rewarding and equally challenging field. Participants will leave with strategies and tools to make the journey easier and sustainable.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand and define compassion satisfaction, compassion stress, and compassion fatigue
- Recognize the symptoms and factors that can influence or trigger compassion stress and compassion fatigue
- Comprehend the compassion fatigue trajectory as well as understand how to know where one is on the scale
- Articulate and put into practice what can be done to manage job-related stress
- Assess and identify symptoms of compassion fatigue in yourself
- Build a self-care plan to reduce stress and increase compassion satisfaction
This is a self-paced course and students are given 90 days to complete all course elements. All readings are provided in the course, including a Student Manual with self-directed activities that you are encouraged to complete. The course takes approximately 7-9 hours to go through the material and complete the Stop and Consider activities.
This course has been pre-approved for 9 CE points of continuing education credit toward the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator credential.
Withdrawal and Drop Period
Students can only drop courses during the first week of the term. No grade is issued and the course will not appear on the student’s Digital Chalk transcript. To notify the Registrar of the decision to drop a course, use firstname.lastname@example.org. A 100% refund, less the drop fee of $10, will be issued if the request for the drop is received before midnight ET day 7 of the term. Please note that written confirmation of a dropped course will be sent to the student by email. If confirmation is not received, please contact the Registrar.
Because self-paced courses provide immediate access to all course material no withdrawal or drop period applies. If a student does choose to withdraw a failed mark is issued and will appear on the student’s Digital Chalk transcript. To notify the Registrar of the decision to drop a course, use email@example.com. Please note that written confirmation of a dropped course will be sent to the student by email. If confirmation is not received, please contact the Registrar.
If a student does not attend class for two consecutive weeks, he or she will be withdrawn from the course due to non-attendance and a failed mark will be recorded on the official transcript. No refund will be issued.