A group of over 80 front line responders gathered in Glasgow last week (24 October) to take part in C7 Church’s seminar on compassion fatigue led by renowned US-based licenced psychologist and PTSD specialist, Dr Don Lichi.
In his first visit to the UK, Dr Lichi delivered a free, interactive seminar to an audience which included members of the NHS, first responders, teachers, farmers, community volunteers and charity workers.
During Dealing with Burnout and Compassion Fatigue, Dr Lichi explained to participants how burnout is caused and how to recognise the symptoms of compassion fatigue. He shared tangible tips with participants to help regain strength for work and tangible steps to take to avoid future burnout and achieve a healthier way of life.
Dr Lichi, said:
“For the past 40 years, I have worked with people who are in ‘care giving’ professions where compassion fatigue is prevalent so to share this knowledge with the people of Glasgow is an honour.
“These front line responders are there for us at times when we are in the greatest need and it is essential that their self-care needs are recognised in return. Simple steps such as building good friendships, taking care of your body and mind, checking in with your emotions and developing good relationships all help to combat burnout.
“Participants were open and welcoming and I am grateful to Pastor Jason Cask, Senior Pastor at C7 Church, for inviting me to Scotland to deliver this seminar.”
Pastor Jason Cask said:
“At the heart of everything we do at C7 Church is the community and we really wanted to do something which would help the people of Glasgow.
“Having met Dr Lichi in 2018, I knew he could really help our city’s front line workers. The seminar was fantastic, he really unpacked compassion fatigue and provided all participants with practical tools to help them in their day to day life.”