Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma, & Burnout

Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center

Friday September 29th 2017 9:00 am –  12:00 pm

This training will explore potential impacts of caring roles as it relates to “burnout”, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma. Participants will review the activities they engage in for self-care, but this training will also take a deeper look at how personal, professional, and cultural factors create barriers in how we think that prevent us from setting healthy boundaries and using our self-care activities.  This training will include some personal practice of a few strategies to address these thoughts, will help participants assess their current risk for compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, and will help participants create individualized plans for how to fully engage in self-care within their lives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will demonstrate the ability to define compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma, and identify the differences among these concepts.

  2. Identify symptoms and warning signs of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma.

  3. Describe personal vulnerabilities to these concepts.

  4. Describe at least four self-care/prevention strategies.

Presenter: Lynette Downing, LCP, LCAC

Lynette Downing attended Pittsburg State University, earning  a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She was employed as a mental health professional at Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, KS for three years prior to returning to Pittsburg. In 2005, she began working at Crawford County Mental Health as an outpatient therapist in adult services. After 10 years, Lynette was named the Director of Adult Services for the agency. Lynette has also worked as an Instructor at Pittsburg State University in the Clinical Psychology graduate program and is currently a Practicum and Internship Site Supervisor for the Department of Psychology and Counseling at PSU. In 2013, Lynette was elected as a Board Member of the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council and served in this position for two years. She continues to provide psychological services at CCMH, including Competency to Stand Trial evaluations and Law Enforcement Personnel Screenings for Crawford County. Lynette is a strong believer in the importance of public education and advocacy for those living with mental illness, and serves on the NAMI Southeast Kansas Steering Committee.


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Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center

201 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS 66762, USA

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