Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring

Tuesday, Jan 10 11 am to 12 pm


Training Sessions

Presented by Rachel Drosdick-Sigafoos, Ph.D.

Charles Figley defined compassion fatigue as “the cost of caring,” but what does that mean, who is most prone to it, and what do we do about it? Compassion fatigue increases the likelihood that someone will consider leaving their job, reduces professional effectiveness by limiting empathic engagement, and tends to coincide with other stress responses, including vicarious trauma, burnout, mental illness, and substance use. Compassion fatigue and comorbid responses to professional stress also tend to diminish team cohesion and effectiveness and increase the likelihood that more team members will leave their jobs, especially on highly interdependent teams. Rachel uses an affirming and dignifying approach to normalize the occurrence of compassion fatigue without minimizing its impact on professionals and, in turn, our clients.

Learning Objectives - Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Define and describe the stages of compassion fatigue and the associated symptoms.
  • Share practical suggestions for the relief and prevention of compassion fatigue.
  • Validate attendees’ experiences and affirm hope for recovery from compassion fatigue.

Free CE credit of 1.0 hour for AMA, ANCC, and LSW/LCW/LPC/LMFT will be offered to those who attend.

Requirements include attendance for the duration of the session and completion of a course evaluation provided at the end of the session.


In support of improving patient care the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.


The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Mercyhurst University’s Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is an approved provider of Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Counselor continuing education by the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board.

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