Compassion Fatigue: The Stress of Caring Too Much

Compassion Fatigue: The Stress of Caring Too Much

Presenter: Dr. Terry Eagan

Location: Cumberland Heights River Road Campus – FLC Auditorium
8283 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: SESSION 1: 9:00AM – 12:00PM (Noon) & SESSION 2: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Credit: 3 credit hours available (NBCC, NADAC approved)
Cost (for Non-CH Staff): $15.00


Dr. Terry Eagan

Dr. Eagan’s Bio:

Terry V. Eagan, M.D. is the President, Founder and Chief Medical Officer for The Eagan Institute. He is Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences University of Southern California College of Medicine.

He is an expert consultant for a number of organizations including the California Department of Corrections and the only American expert invited by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to speak three years in a row for the Body, Mind & Life conference in India. Dr. Eagan pioneered the concept of Professional Ethics and Compassion Fatigue and has guided training programs for individual practitioners, multinational corporations, public school systems, community health centers, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and universities. A prominent and experienced speaker, he has spoken at hundreds of conferences and organizations including Harvard Medical School and the Body, Mind & Life Conference. He has served as an expert in psychiatry for Paramount Pictures, NBC and HBO. Dr. Eagan has been featured in dozens of publications, including Variety, Forbes, New York Magazine, and has appeared as a mental health consultant on several radio and television programs, including the Today Show. He has been a medical consultant for the VH-1 Network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and was the Medical Director & co-host for the Lifetime Network television series on Eating Disorders, ?Starving Secrets? with Tracy Gold.

Dr. Eagan has been co-investigator for over 15 pivotal clinical trials in social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression and psychogenic impotence and he lectures on psychopharmacology to physicians across the United States. He was a Collaborating Physician Investigator for the American Psychiatric Association?s DSM-V Field Trials and was also part of the National Expert Clinical Panel which established the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment Guidelines for the American Psychiatric Association. Prior to this, he helped shape healthcare policy in the United States as the Honorary Chairman for the State of California for the Physician?s Advisory Board of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He has served as the medical director for 19 medical treatment centers including Moonview Sanctuary and was formerly the Chief Medical Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates Eating Disorder Programs. Dr. Eagan is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and Medical Board of California as a physician and surgeon. As founder and CEO of Eagan Medical Group, LLC., his private patients have included leaders in industry, politics, and performers from television, music and film, many of whom have been at the extremes of celebrity.

Overview/Goals & Objectives:

Compassion Fatigue is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time increasingly experienced by individuals that work directly with those suffering from trauma. Therapists, nurses, physicians, clergy, police officers, service workers, educators, and family members caring for chronically ill loved ones are just some of those negatively impacted by Compassion Fatigue. Essentially, ANYONE who helps others is vulnerable. Symptoms can include hopelessness, constant stress and anxiety, pervasive negative attitude, irritability among others, and can affect not only individuals, but organizations and institutions as well.

In this workshop, we will examine some of the common presentations of Compassion Fatigue and who is vulnerable to its destruction. We will explore how one’s early life experiences and past personal traumatic experiences may create vulnerability to the development of Compassion Fatigue, as well as what can be done to ameliorate this phenomenon in individuals and organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify and list 3 groups of individuals who are vulnerable to the development of Compassion Fatigue.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify and list 3 symptoms commonly present in Compassion Fatigue.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify and list 3 strategies to correct/ameliorate the symptoms of Compassion Fatigue.

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