“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield
As human beings we’re wired to feel what others feel. This trait is key to our survival. It also lies at the heart of caregiving and advocacy professions. The problem is when those in caring roles don’t get enough care themselves. Exposure to stress, trauma and pain of others puts one at risk for what is known as compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is a particular form of burnout that compromises well-being and lifework fulfillment. Unfortunately, it is also prevalent in many caregiving and advocacy fields.
How can mindfulness help?
As demonstrated in research, mindfulness has been shown to mitigate compassion fatigue while bolstering physical and emotional resiliency. Mindfulness involves bringing compassionate awareness to both inner and outer experiences. In doing so, it supports us in developing healthy discernment and restoring reserves. It also lends to a sense of emotional buoyancy.
Studies also show mindfulness can improve well-being by:
- Lowering stress & balancing the autonomic nervous system
- Reducing anxiety & depression
- Strengthening connections with others
- Promoting compassion satisfaction
- Enhancing facility for compassionate self-awareness
- Fostering the capacity to experience joy
What’s Included in Trainings?
Experiential in nature, these trainings can be customized to fit your group’s needs. Possible topics include:
- Stress response system & underlying neuroscience
- Working understandings of key concepts (resiliency, empathy, compassion, compassion fatigue, self-compassion, fierce compassion, compassion satisfaction, mindfulness, stress response system)
- Risk factors & symptoms
- Techniques for identifying symptoms in self
- Accessible self-care strategies to promote sustainable resiliency
- Mindful self-compassion & meditation practices effective in direct care
- Tools for bolstering compassion satisfaction
- Negativity bias & methods for balancing
- Non-violent & compassionate communication
- Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation)
- Supplemental stress reduction practices
- Resources for further study and education
Mitigating Compassion Fatigue trainings are designed for people in helping professions (nursing, social work, social justice, mental health, law enforcement, emergency services, foster care, elder care, hospice & education), and well-suited for folks in family caregiving roles.
“Ashley provides a de-mystifying combination of theory and practice that offers a deeper understanding of how mindfulness can enhance your self-compassion, health, and well-being.”
- Experiential Presentations (1, 1.5 and 2-hour formats)
- Workshops & Series
- Retreats & In-Service Trainings
- Coaching (for individuals, teams and small groups)
Founder Ashley Dahl, MSW
A champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into daily life and relationships. She brings humor and a presence of calm thoughtfulness as she blends the teachings of wisdom traditions and science with modern culture. Ashley earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. She has been practicing meditation in the vipassana (insight) tradition for over 15 years and is accredited through the Mindfulness Training Institute.