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New Fall Section:
Sept. 12, 2014

CE Hours = 6
CEUs = 0.6

CE Fee:

Registration Price:
Professionals = $99
Regent = $85

Location: Regent University Classroom Building, Room 227


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CPC340 - Compassion Stress Management

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September 12, 2014

This workshop introduces attendees to the concept of compassion stress/fatigue, symptoms, and contributing factors using findings from research, theory, and videos. Read more below.

Certificate Available | 6 CEs | 0.6 CEUs

Workshop Description:

This workshop introduces attendees to the concept of compassion stress/fatigue, symptoms, and contributing factors using findings from research, theory, and videos. It also trains attendees in recognizing and assessing the symptoms of compassion stress/fatigue, while providing them with useful and effective skills in combating compassion stress/fatigue in their own life and in the lives of their clients or colleagues.

This Program Includes These Topics:

  • Introduction and Overview

  • Theory of Compassion Fatigue

  • Symptoms/Assessment

  • Coping/Treatment

  • Creating a Self-Care Plan


Educational Objectives:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs and stymptoms of compassion stress.
  • conduct compassions stress/fatigue assessment.
  • Utilize strategies for minimizing/mitigating compassion stress/fatigue and recovering from it.
  • Recognize the history, research, and theory of compassion stress/fatigue and vicarious trauma.
  • Educate and prepare others to recognize and assess symptoms, and utilize strategies to mitigate/recover from compassion stress.

Learning Objectives:

The workshop brings the benefit to the community by increasing awareness and competence of clinicians who may experience compassion fatigue/stress themselves or who may come into contact with clients or colleagues who experience similar struggles. The field and profession is enhanced by an exploring of the seriousness of compassion fatigue/stress and by instilling in clinicians a drive for personal wellness in order to better serve the community at large.


CE Hours Available = 6
CEUs = 0.6
CE Price Total = $60

Price for Registration:

Professional = $99

Student, Regent Alumni, SPC Alumni, SPC Site Supervisors, Regent Faculty and Staff
(ID Required at Workshop) = $85

Regent University Classroom Building, Room 227

Program Schedule:

8:00 a.m. - Registration

8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Part I - Introduction and Overview
Part II - Theory of Compassion Fatigue
Part III - Symptoms/Assessment

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch (On your own)

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Part III - Continued
Part IV - Coping/Treatment
Part V - Creating a Self-Care Plan

Relevant References:

  1. Davis, M., Eselman, E.R., and McKay. M. (2000). The relaxation and stress reduction workbook, 5th edition. CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  2. Figley, C.R. (Ed.). (2002). Brief treatments for the traumatized: A project of the Green Cross Foundation. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  3. Figley, C.R. (Ed.). (2002). Treating compassion fatigue. NY: Brunner-Rutledge.
  4. Figley, C.R. (1995). Compassion fatigue: coping with Secondary traumatic stress disorder in those who treat the traumatized. NY: Brunner/Mazel.
  5. Figley, C.R. and Stamm, B.H. (1996). Psychometric review of the compassion fatigue self test. In B.H. Stamm (Ed.), Measurement of stress, trauma, and adaptation. Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.
  6. Flint, Gary A. (2001). Emotional freedom: Techniques for dealing with emotional and physical distress. Vernon, BC, Canada: NeoSolTerric Enterprises.
  7. Richardson, Cheryl. (2000). Life makeovers: 52 practical and inspiring ways to improve your life one week at a time. NY: Broadway Books.
  8. Stamm, B.H. (Ed.). (1995). Secondary traumatic stress: Self-care issues for clinicians, researchers and educators. Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.


Dr. Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Dr. Benjamin B. Keyes, born in Virginia, grew up in a typical Jewish family and, since his youth, was consecrated to God and the search for a deeper relationship with Him. Such motivation was attained through honest questioning and fearless exploration as instructed by a Rabbi from Hebrew School. He also greatly values education and learning and since finishing a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida in 1978, he has attained 5 doctorates. He completed in first doctoral program in Theology in 1985 after sitting on his dissertation for five years. Dr. Keyes then went on to complete a specialization in Theology, three more Doctorates (Theology, Ministry, and Counseling Psychology), and received an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity (DD). For Dr. Keyes education has been a wonderful way to expand horizons and foster understanding. Additionally, he has had an extensive career in a wide variety of venues including the classroom. Moreover, he has worked in the field of counseling and ministry, coming up through the ranks of government and private agencies, hospitals, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs, churches, training facilities, and private practice.

In the last few years, research has captured his attention with most of the focus targeted at Dissociative Identity Disorder and both Christian and secular applications to healing. He assisted in developing the Center for Trauma Studies here at Regent with one of the programs aimed at training graduate students to be first-responders in situations of natural disasters and/or man-made disasters. Because of his belief that Jesus Christ is very alive in third world nations and his understanding of the need for workers equipped with His heart, alliances have been formed with Global Aid Network, Operation Blessing, and the American Green Cross to train and certify students with skills they will take into their respective careers. He hopes to continue to develop the Center for Trauma Studies and to do what he can to fulfill the university's ultimate goal of equipping Christian leaders to change the world.

Dr. Merrill Reese, Ph.D.

Dr. Merrill Reese completed his Ph. D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and his M.A. in Community Counseling at Regent University. Additionally, he completed his B.S. in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Regent University has provided many different educational and professional opportunities for Dr. Reese including enhancement of clinical skills as a counselor, graduate education, development of academic instructional skills and opportunities to teach both here and abroad. His educational and teaching experience at Regent has opened him to many new perspectives and horizons as well.

He views counseling much like education in that both the counselee and the student need a place of safety in which they are free to explore the deeper questions of life. The exploration of that which is deep will often create a space between the participants. As painful as that space can be, it is often that pain that is the motivating factor that drives one towards the change or the answers to the questions that they seek. The creation of a sacred space for the participant to do their work thus becomes the task of the counselor and or educator. As a counselor/educator, it is his sincere desire to help create a sacred space for the exploration of the deeper issues and questions of life. As a fellow seeker he also joins with those who question and seek the answers to the ultimate questions and meanings of life.

In his limited spare time he enjoys photography, travel, short term mission trips and playing drums and other various assorted percussion instruments.