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Empathy and Compassion Fatigue: Recognising the Signs and Strategies for Prevention and Recovery

Know how to respond and recover from empathy fatigue and emotional burnout – essential tips and strategies.



Empathy is an essential component for anyone working in the helping-professions and, as a result, there is an inherent risk of developing empathy fatigue. This interactive workshop explores what personal, professional and organisational factors increase the likelihood of experiencing burnout and fatigue. As well as considering how to identify and respond, it also suggests approaches and strategies to enhance resilience and maintain professional long-term wellbeing.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Explore the relationship between helping, empathy, fatigue and burnout

  • Learn the common causes, indicators, components and stages of empathy fatigue and emotional burnout

  • Understand the differences between stress, depression, fatigue and burnout

  • Consider how to adjust your personal and professional approach in order to maintain wellbeing, enhance resilience, and prevent the risk of fatigue and burnout

  • Know how to respond and recover from empathy fatigue and emotional burnout – essential tips and strategies

Let's Get Real

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Melvyn Johns 

MASW, B.A. (Hons), Cert. Supervision, Cert. AOD Counselling, RSW

Mel has over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health and addictions sector in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK. Throughout his career, he has held a number of diverse roles, working alongside a broad client base within both statutory and NGO services. He possesses clinical practice, leadership, teaching, management, supervision and governance experience. Mel has a comprehensive knowledge of assessment processes, therapeutic interventions and risk-management approaches. He demonstrates a relentless commitment to the principles of social justice, along with a strong passion for developing services that are truly recovery focused. Mel has been a workshop facilitator with MHERC for several years, whilst maintaining his clinical, supervisory and project management roles.

Workshop Type: Intermediate | Workshop Level: Six | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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