Compassion Fatigue – What it is and How to Treat it

A screening of the film, “When Helping Hurts:  Sustaining Trauma Workers,” and a panel discussion on the risk and treatment of compassion fatigue will be held at Antioch University New England (AUNE) on Tuesday, June 17.

The free event is open to the public. First responders, disaster relief workers, clinicians, medical personnel, and others in the helping professions who work with trauma survivors are especially encouraged to attend.

The film and discussion will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at AUNE, 40 Avon Street, Keene, New Hampshire. Pizza and beverages will be provided. It is sponsored by Antioch University, Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps, Monadnock Family Services, and American Red Cross/New Hampshire Region.

The discussion will address the critical issue of compassion fatigue—tiredness and  emotional depletion from too much caring and too little self-caring—and cover symptoms, risk factors, and effective treatment strategies. The panelists are:

David Tenney, Monadnock Family Services.  Dr. Tenney has a PhD in psychology and has worked in mental health for more than 35 years as a clinician and recently as a manager with the Emergency Services program of Monadnock Family Services. He has training in critical incident stress debriefing and in compassion fatigue.

Cathy Lounsbury, AUNE.  Dr. Lounsbury is a core faculty member in AUNE’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and a lead faculty member of AUNE’s Institute on Counselor Wellness. She has been a licensed clinical professional counselor for more than twenty years, and was clinical director of the Maine Psychological Trauma Institute.

•Leaders of the New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT), including Mark Lindberg, disaster behavioral health liaison for the northern half of the state and collaborator for DBHRT statewide.  He is based at White Mountain Mental Health in Littleton, New Hampshire, and has a practice as a therapist and emergency services supervisor.
DBHRT is an organized team of behavioral health providers developed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to respond to the mental health needs of New Hampshire residents after by critical incidents such as bioterrorism, or manmade and natural disasters. They provide an organized response to individual victims, family members, survivors, or the affected community.

For more information, contact Cathy Lounsbury, clounsbury@antioch.edu, or call 603-283-2146.