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How to Effectively Address Compassion Fatigue by Building Resiliency; HHS Region 8

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Session Description

Compassion Fatigue has become a familiar but not necessarily well-understood term during the pandemic. Taking the time to understand the elements that comprise compassion fatigue and their direct impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being can assist a person in developing effective strategies to address stress in their lives before it becomes overwhelming. Participants learned about compassion fatigue and ways to minimize its impact by building resiliency through research-based practices.


After attending this session, participants can expect to:


  1. Recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue and how it impacts an individual physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
  2. Understand the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout and how to take steps to address the different conditions. 
  3. Learn simple, research-based resiliency-building practices to begin using immediately.



Christina Ruggiero, CCC, RP

Christina Ruggiero (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, currently working full-time as a mental health counsellor for students attending Queens, University. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto, before pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University in Vancouver, BC. She finds great meaning in educating individuals about mental health, and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. During her graduate degree, she created an anti-stigma training module for students and staff to use at Simon Fraser University, believing that change involves education and experiential components, including self-awareness and reflection. She continues this method training students and staff at Queens in mental health awareness, compassion fatigue, and distress support.