February 21-23, 2019 | New York Hilton Midtown, NY

Workshop: Compassion Fatigue + Vital Exhaustion: A Matter of the Heart

Nancy Gahles DC, CCH, RSHom(NA),OIM
Lorraine Gahles-Kildow PhD

This half-day workshop is designed to bring awareness and solutions to the epidemic of BurnOut, Compassion Fatigue, Vital Exhaustion and one of its most devastating consequences, cardiovascular disease. Compassion Fatigue is one face of Burnout Syndrome that has overlapping symptoms which are not readily addressed. Vital Exhaustion, often overlooked as a continuum of sleep deprivation or “normal job requirement” leads to cardiovascular disease in both men and women and ranks as a high priority consequence of Compassion Fatigue.

Presentation of definitions, signs, symptoms and solutions based on evidence based research along with cases and experiential involvement of attendees will be the focus of this half day workshop.

This workshop will be a co-presentation drawing from the integrative evidence-based best practices of Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Mindfulness in Meditation and Movement, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Emotion Psychology and World Spiritual/Compassion Traditions. It will include active participation in exercises designed to experience/embody the subject matter presented.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to explain the definition of, and signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue.
  2. Participants will be able to discern Vital Exhaustion from daily weariness through definition and taking the Maastricht Vital Exhaustion Questionnaire.
  3. Participants will be able to identify risk factors for cardiovascular events related to Compassion Fatigue and Vital Exhaustion including gender differences along with the signs and prodromal symptoms of heart centered caregiving.
  4. Participants will be able to identify solutions for prevention, promotion of well-being, creation of resilience, cultivation of sustainable joyful experience in the presence of ordinary life and the experience of physical nourishment for the nurturer.
  5. Participants will be able to discuss case presentations on compassion fatigue.
Track Name: IHS 2019
Session Date: Feb 23 2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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