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How to move from empathy fatigue to compassionate action (and build resilience.)

Clinicians are taught to be empathetic toward their patients, yet walking in our patients’ shoes can lead to the now well-known phenomenon of empathy fatigue such that we need to keep a professional distance to prevent getting burned out. How can we work with this paradox (which feels more like a catch-22)? This seminar will teach you why empathy fatigue develops, and how to step out of the cycle and into more resilient modes of being with (and being more connected to) individuals who are suffering: compassion. (14:48)

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6 thoughts on “Health Care Provider Course – Module 5”

  1. This is going to be very helpful! I think it is fairly easy to be compassionate most of the time early in the patient doctor relationship but I can see where empathy can sneak in as you grow a relationship with the patient over years of care. This is really important for us to keep in mind especially as chronic disease is over taking our population requiring so much energy to manage it can become easy to forget to be mindful to our own emotions and reactions.

  2. Brilliant stuff, I’m getting so many important awareness out of this program (too many to mention here) that can help me with my empathy burnout. Is there a “community” on this program like the other apps? It would be lovely to have one.

  3. What an amazing reminder of what helps with empathy burnout. I am humbled by making rookie mistakes of trying to fix when I should just focus my energy on the process itself. Thank you.

  4. Great practical tip there about noticing the different between empathy and compassion in helping work. It seems like the cue is to notice when the need to fix arises (for me that comes with a sense of frustration) and instead of reacting (behaviour), simply observe and notice the change in response.

  5. I think patients feel it when I move into fixing rather than being with them. This is excellent! I like the idea of s “community for clinicians” as Byron S suggested.

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