Compassion Fatigue and Resiliency
BUILDING RESILIENCY FOR THE LONG HAUL
Our resiliency work is based upon a few fundamental beliefs. These beliefs come from many years of working in a high-intensity environment with people like you. Who do I think you are? I think you are passionate, opinionated, driven, distracted, heroic, dysfunctional, over-emotional, numb, over-scheduled, loving, deeply committed, flawed and perfect, and truly powerful and admirable colleagues. And sometimes you make things harder for yourself.
Each resiliency-building facilitation we design is tailored to the organization based on what is relevant and timely given that organization’s culture, climate, background noise, stage of development, and repeating conversations. The basic framework we use is based on the belief that resilient people are grounded in reality, (i.e., understand your relationship to yourself and your context) are rooted in the meaningfulness of what they are doing (i.e., are present in the moment) and finally, are able to improvise (i.e., experiencing behavioral choice)
We approach resiliency-building with three levels of functioning in mind: the individual, the group, and the organization. We work with you to get you grounded in reality, rooted in meaning, and improvising well at the level of individual, group, and organization. We help you understand what you can do, in specific behavioral terms to develop yourself, your groups, and your organizations in ways that support your long-term health and well-being despite being in some of the most intense environments in our communities.
Below is a series of articles that Lauren wrote for The Humane Society of the United States’ magazine Animal Sheltering.