How does CF impact me or my employees?

Compassion Fatigue is not a disease but a series of symptoms that may include depression, hopelessness, anxiety, recurring images, insomnia, substance abuse, physical ailments and even suicide. CF slowly eats away at the animal technician’s passion for their work, rewards from their work, as well as their personal relationships and even the quality of care that is provided.


How does it impact the organization?

Ultimately CF sickens the organization if left unaddressed. It can  result in absenteeism, cynicism, lack of empathy for co workers and animals, employee turnover and mistakes. Accurate research data collection, morale, teamwork and animals welfare will be impacted.

COMPASSION FATIGUE, BURN OUT, PTSD ARE ALL TERMS APPLIED TO THE EMOTIONAL EXHAUSTION THAT COMES FROM CARING FOR, CONNECTING WITH AND WORKING WITH ANIMALS OR PEOPLE IN HIGH STRESS ENVIRONMENTS. IT IS COMMON IN NURSES, EMTS, SHELTER/RESCUE PROFESSIONALS, VETERINARIANS, VETERINARY TECHNICIANS, LAB ANIMAL PROFESSIONALS, HOSPICE WORKERS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, POLICE AND FIRE.
THIS EXHAUSTION COMES FROM OUR INHERENT CONNECTION AND EMPATHY FOR OTHER LIVING BEINGS. IT IS INEVITABLE. 

We have all heard or used some of the common strategies used in Lab Animal Medicine, that do not work to deal with CF including: not naming animals( if it is #35 or Fred that is its name and you have a connection), institutional indifference to issue, telling others to suck it up, lack of data surrounding the reasons for experimental outcomes and euthanasia endpoints. Let's chat about what will work.


Services:

Animal Research Consulting LLC is collaborating with Rekindle LLC to provide custom in house lab animal specific compassion fatigue workshops and seminars tailored to your facility.


Seminars are typically 90-120 minutes and are designed to raise awareness for and offer strategies to help increase resilience of the challenges brought on by laboratory research that includes animals.


Workshops are a half-full day of training that includes CF awareness and experiential exercises for the individual and group to gain an introspective look at compassion fatigue and how to prevent or heal from it. Stress-reduction techniques, mindfulness practices and transforming how we perceive and think about things have all been shown to be practices that aid in healing from compassion fatigue and are a large part of the workshops.

Compassion Fatigue