Registration Open for Compassion Fatigue Virtual Symposium

Wayne E. Oates Institute, Compassion Fatigue Virtual Symposium – Registration Deadline: February 8, 2021

An Online Symposium presented by Oates Institute, comprising 8 live one-hour presentations by multidisciplinary speakers.


WHEN:February 9, 2021 – February 23, 2021

Purpose: To engage professional spiritual caregivers, chaplains, and other medical and mental health professions in a practical approach to combating compassion fatigue

Goal: To provide each participant with the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce the secondary impact of working with traumatized populations

Methods: Virtual presentations, assessments, self-care plan, and tools for following through by multi-discipline, thought leaders and practitioners. An on-line collaborative learning experience and discussion will be conducting during the two-week period for all participants. Each session will be recorded for future viewing if unable to attend the live presentation.

CEUs: For those who participate in all the sessions and the discussion group can earn 10 CEUs with the completion of an evaluation.


  • Featuring Kathleen Regan Figley, D. Min., M.S., Master Traumatologist and Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist who is a well-known teacher, trainer, and consultant around spirituality and trauma, disaster management, and disaster mental health. She and her husband, Dr. Charles Figley were co-recipients of the Distinguished Service on Family Relations for their work after September 11.
  • Jennifer Baldwin, PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor, ACS, CIFST, BC-TMH, author of Trauma Sensitive Theology, Injured But Not Broken: Constructing a Trauma Sensitive Theology; Through Dangerous Terrain: A Guide for Trauma-Sensitive Pastoral Leadership in Times of Threat.  Dr. Baldwin will draw on her wealth of experience as a therapist, researcher, workshop leader, and theologically informed professional to offer practical advice in developing a self-care plan. Feb. 18 at 7 PM.
  • Dr. Kathleen Regan Figley will do two presentations.  February 9th at 7 PM EST, she will share a model for compassion stress and fatigue and introduce a self-assessment process that each participant will be invited to complete. February 23rd at 7 PM EST, Dr. Figley will conduct a Q & A based on participant’s experience with the self-care goal worksheet.
  • Tai J. Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT is Associate Professor, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota. He is a well-known teacher and author having published over 130 books and articles in the field of Family Therapy and Family Relations. On February 11th at 3 PM EST, Dr. Mendenhall will share information about a First Responders Tool Kit and App being used by many frontline professions to combat Compassionate Fatigue.
  • Denise Massey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, McAfee School o f Theology joins us in the virtual classroom on February 16th at 3 PM EST to share wisdom related to compassionate self-care. Author, speaker, professor, CPE Educator and coach, Dr. Massey recently published Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversation published by Abington Press.
  • Karen Lovett, M.Div., Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Professional, coach, instructor, therapists will demonstrate the use of EFT in recovering from traumatic and stressful events. Her presentation will be Feb. 18th, 3 PM.

The Wayne E. Oates Institute has been providing online continuing education and professional development for 25 years. A couple of times a year, the Institute offers learning experiences that drill down into some topics of interest and make the symposia available to a wide virtual audience.


Oates Institute Members: $45 Individual / $95 for more than three viewing at one computer.

Non-members: $97 individual / $195 for more than three viewing at one computer.   

Capacity is 150 spots – these spots will fill up fast.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The registration deadline is Feb. 8th. This will enable all participates time to review the documents used in the assessment phase.

Co-sponsor, Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology