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Short course

Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring

Overview

The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.

(Remen, 2006)

Recognise, understand and prevent compassion fatigue in health professionals and professionals in training.

DESIGNED FOR

Medical (ICU, Emergency Department, Acute Medical Wards, Psychiatry), nursing, allied health professionals (clinical psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists, social workers) and students

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Understand what compassion fatigue is and be familiar with common cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms of compassion fatigue
  2. Identify causes and factors that contribute to compassion fatigue
  3. Become familiar with who is at risk of developing compassion fatigue
  4. Know the difference between compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout
  5. Undertake a brief compassion fatigue self-assessment (The PROQOL)
  6. Become familiar with the clinical implications of experiencing compassion fatigue
  7. Become familiar with strategies to prevent and manage compassion fatigue
  8. COURSE OUTLINE

    This short course contains 1 tutorial and 5 case studies

    ASSESSMENT

    The assessment is submission of the 1 unit self-assessments and 5 case studies.

    A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.

    DELIVERY MODE

    Course completion requires approximately 2 hours of elearning.

    Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program materials can also be accessed using a web browser.

    COURSE LEADERS

    Dr Litza Kiropoulos

    Senior Lecturer - Clinical Psychology

    Director, University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic

    Head, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Lab

    Dr Litza Kiropoulos

    Dr Kiropoulos is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. She is also currently the Director of the University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic. In addition to these roles she has worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in various acute, subacute and outpatient public mental health settings for over 20 years. Her research, teaching and clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders and clinical psychology in medical settings.

    CONTACT US

    E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

    T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information

Fees

This course is free for the public: AUD $ 0 (incl GST)

Location

Online

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

The assessment is submission of the 1 unit self-assessments and 5 case studies. A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.