This workshop explores the impact of working in a helping profession. Participants will learn about the symptoms and definitions of burnout, compassion fatigue, empathy fatigue and vicarious trauma and review specific tools for dealing with symptoms in order to build resiliency. This session also examines ways to manage the negative impact that come with working in the social service field in order to take care of yourself and to thrive.
Instructor: Amanda Thiessen specializes in helping individuals and organizations manage workplace stresses and make positive changes.
As a ‘Stress Strategist,’ Amanda works with individuals through the process of inquiry to support people in gaining clarity and finding solutions to challenges. She offers a range of workshops to organizations to facilitate the creation of safe, supportive, and positive work environments.
Having worked for over 15 years in the non-profit world, she has firsthand knowledge of the kinds of experiences that exemplify working in front-line capacities. Her experience includes working in the areas of addiction, victim services, mental health and developmental disabilities.
Although Amanda has a BA in Psychology, a Bachelors of Social Work and a MA in Theology, her greatest accomplishments remain being a loving partner, a devoted mother, and a good friend.