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Union County DSS “Maintaining the Capacity to Care: A Look at Compassion Fatigue”
October 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Compassion Fatigue has been described as the cost of caring. It can be a normal consequence of a career in the helping profession. Child welfare workers have a higher rate of burnout and compassion fatigue than staff in other helping professions or from other areas of social work. They are charged with responsibility for children and families who are vulnerable and in crisis. This workshop examines the unique challenges faced by child welfare professionals. It is an interactive training with an emphasis on awareness, connectedness and professional resilience. We will explore aspects of compassion fatigue, including how and why it develops, symptoms, intervention strategies and the potential impact for permanency work.
Presented by Professional Trainers and Family Educators, Michelle Calvert and Dana Gracie
Michelle Calvert, MPA, has worked in the child welfare field for over 17 years, as an adoption and foster care worker, a Family Finding Specialist, and a trainer. Michelle’s interest in youth permanency began at an early age as she learned about her own mother’s experiences growing up in foster care and the rippling effects this had on her mother’s life and family. This led Michelle to devote her professional career to the pursuit of permanency for children in care and strengthening families. Michelle holds a BA degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received training from nationally known permanency expert Kevin Campbell; completed the Training for Adoption Competency program through The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. (C.A.S.E.); and most recently earned the Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Michelle is passionate about her work with children and families and dedicated to the fulfillment of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina’s mission, “to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving family.” She lives in Cornelius with her husband.
Dana Gracie, MA, received her Master’s in Business Administration from Montreat College with a focus on Leadership Management, and her Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College, majoring in Religion with a minor in Sociology. With 20 years’ experience in child foster care, she has held positions in direct care, education, supervision, leadership and staff development. Dana’s professional focus has been on addressing the needs of children and families in the foster care system. She has provided support and education to professionals, children, and foster parents as they navigate the foster care system. Dana has provided training in the areas of behavior management, crisis intervention, the effects of trauma on behavior, self-care around trauma and the importance of building attachments. She brings to the work not only a professional perspective, but a personal one as well, as Dana is the adoptive mother of a sibling group of older boys from the child welfare system. She is passionate about her work with children and families and dedicated to the fulfillment of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina’s mission of promoting “the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving family.”
Questions? Please contact – Christina.Neal@unioncountync.gov, 704-296-4487