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Compassion Fatigue Seminar Speaker to be Featured on WPR

RELEASED: Feb. 24, 2006

Dr. Frank Ochberg
Dr. Frank Ochberg

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education will present "Compassion Fatigue as an Occupational Hazard: Understanding and Managing Work and Traumatic Stress in Others and Ourselves" with Dr. Frank Ochberg from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire

An internationally recognized leader in the interrelated fields of trauma, crisis and coping with violence and cruelty, Ochberg defined the term "The Stockholm Syndrome" and edited the first text on PTSD treatment, "Posttraumatic Therapy and Victims of Violence."

This one-day program is designed for social workers, nurses, counselors, law enforcement and emergency personnel, clergy, psychologists, therapists, and caregivers.

As an introduction to the topic and as a service to those who may not be able to attend the seminar, Ochberg has granted an interview, scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, with Joy Cardin on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio.

Compassion Fatigue, a relatively new term, is a by-product of the direct and indirect effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ochberg has described it as the often concealed and unexpected harmful effects on the caregiver or responder to the trauma of those they serve. The program will provide a thorough explanation of the fundamentals and dynamics of PTSD, the relationship of diagnosed trauma disorder to other conditions, and primarily how helping hurts the helper. Participants will leave with real strategies to recognize and reduce compassion fatigue in themselves, their employees and their co-workers.

To register or for more information, contact UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636 or toll-free (866) 893-2423 or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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