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I’ve teamed up with the University of Florida’s Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program to create Compassion Fatigue Strategies a four module, online, self-paced class for people who work with animals.
Compassion Fatigue Strategies is 100% online and you can take it at your pace. You’ll have access to all of the class materials on day one and then you can do the work at your own speed. We also get together for 4 live calls to practice stress reduction and mindfulness techniques. Plus, we talk shop in the discussion boards.
Sign up now on the UFL website!
Here’s a quick look at what we’ll cover:
Module 1: Understanding Compassion Fatigue
You’ll dive in deep to understand what Compassion Fatigue is and what the symptoms are in individuals and in organizations. You’ll get familiar with your own experiences, what factors contribute to CF, and assess your current levels of CF and burnout.
Module 2: Managing Stress and Increasing Self‐Care
This module is dedicated to understanding stress and self-care. You’ll work to create a personalized system to help you monitor and manage your daily stress levels. Next you’ll jump in to the importance of self-care and map out a variety of practices that can be used on the job and at home.
Module 3: Building Compassion Satisfaction and Resiliency
This module is dedicated to connecting to the rewards of our work and shifting your perspective to a more positive outlook in order to increase your Compassion Satisfaction. You’ll focus on resiliency building techniques, including self-compassion and mindfulness practices, which will help you bounce back from the inevitable stress of your work.
Module 4: Taking Action and Committing to Change
In the final module, you’ll be working on setting SMART goals, collaboration with your team/supporting your staff, and crafting a personal mission statement (and an organizational mission statement) to help keep you motivated as you take your new skills into the future!
You can view course details and a sample pace chart here.
Students can earn CEUs too!
This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits via The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (Formerly SAWA).
This course has also been approved for 15 contact hours for veterinary continuing education in the state of Florida. Students taking the course from other states will need to contact their licensing board for guidance.
By the End of Class You’ll:
- Have 6 strategies to help you do the work you love, without being sidelined by compassion fatigue and burnout, so that you can feel energized and happy again
- Know which self-care and stress management practices work for you
- Have a personal mission statement so that you can feel clear about why you do this work even when it’s challenging
- Have clear SMART goals, so that you can make lasting changes in your sleep, diet, friendships, or anything else that really matters to you
- Feel comfortable using super simple meditation practices, so that you can restore your balance
- Clearly understand how and when to get professional mental health help, without shame
- Know how to collaborate with your staff and coworkers on these issues so that you can all benefit from what you learned in the course
To learn more about the UFL class, check out this article!
Here’s what one CFS alum shared on Facebook about her experience with the course in 2016:
“I just finished this course. It was very eye opening and worth every cent. I highly recommend it to anyone in the animal welfare industry.”
Still not sure about taking this class? Here’s another alum’s perspective:
“I’m not the kind of person to readily discuss my feelings. I’m the kind of person who loves my job and wants to get my work done and do it well. I’ve gotten to the point in my career that I know this is an industry where I could work myself past the point of no return, whether that be burning out or leaving animal welfare entirely. But I came to this work because I love it. I just needed to figure out how to do it sustainably.
Jessica Dolce’s CFS class was recommended to me by a friend in the field and has been a great source of information, discussion, and the feeling you get when you realize you’re not alone. The work we do is insurmountable. It’s never ending. Sometimes it’s thankless. Sometimes it’s hard to remember why we started doing it in the first place. This course is approachable and self-paced. I am a terrible procrastinator, but I got it done and I’m glad I did.”
– Shelter Medicine Veterinary Assistant, CFS alum
Here’s What You’ll Get:
- The 6 Question Process (you’ll learn six strategies research has shown reduces and transforms compassion fatigue-related stress)
- All Lessons Available on Day One, 100% Online
- 4 Modules with Videos, Integration Activities, & Readings
- 8 Weeks of support and community on the discussion boards
- Four Live Calls with Jessica Dolce (and one with Ellen Dolce LCSW)
- 15 CEUs!
- Access to Private FB Group for Ongoing Support
Ready to change your life?
Sign up now on the UFL website!
“Jessica Dolce’s compassion fatigue course couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. My job as a private veterinary practitioner had left me burnt out. I had recently accepted my dream job as a shelter veterinarian, and I wanted to prepare myself to enjoy this job through retirement.
Jessica’s course had everything I needed: well-organized and informative educational lessons, phone calls that guided me through meditation and relaxation practices to use in my daily life, and online interaction with other animal welfare workers who faced the same struggles and setbacks I did.
I came away from Jessica’s course with a better understanding of what compassion fatigue looks like in different situations. I can now help my colleagues identify and counteract the emotional spiral that can overtake us in times of crisis. I’ve been given valuable tools to use when I’m struggling with my own emotions in this difficult field. Above all, I feel I have a network of like-minded individuals who know how to help.
During the semester, Jessica’s interaction with her students was above and beyond. She was always ready to offer a pertinent reading or online resource. She has a deep love for poetry, giving us yet another way to express and reflect on our emotions. And her suggestions for looking at a situation from an alternate perspective were always spot-on.
I’m so glad I found this course. I have recommend it to everyone in my organization,, knowing that all shelter workers, from kennel staff to adoption counselors, are at risk for compassion fatigue. It’s a course that should be required of all veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and shelter administrators.”
– Jessica Snyder DVM
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