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UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education to Present National Expert on Compassion Fatigue

RELEASED: Jan. 9, 2006

Dr. Frank OchbergEAU CLAIRE — The 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."

The March 30 workshop will feature Dr. Frank Ochberg, 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 wrote the first text on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment, "Posttraumatic Therapy and Victims of Violence."

The one-day program is designed for social workers, nurses, counselors, law enforcement and emergency personnel, clergy, psychologists, therapists and caregivers. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire.

Compassion fatigue, a relatively new term, is a by-product of the direct and indirect effects of PTSD. Ochberg describes 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 an explanation of the fundamentals and dynamics of PTSD, the relationship of diagnosed trauma disorder to other conditions, and primarily how helping can hurt the helper. Participants will leave with 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will offer a $20 discount for UW System faculty, staff and students.

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