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DRAINED BY SOME CLIENTS? Reduce the risks of empathy. CPD workshop - 27th Jan 2008 London

This workshop is one of a series, designed to help practitioners focus on their own self care. Vibrant practitioners who are relaxed, balanced and feel nurtured on every level are more likely attract clients and therefore have thriving practices. So help yourself and your practice thrive with this CPD workshop.

Your Empathy, Your Safety

CPD workshop in London
Wed. January 30th, 2008

Empathy is an invaluable part of the healing process, but when it is used unconsciously it can have debilitating effects on the practitioner. This course looks at the latest research from the field of psychology and neuroscience, which helps to explain new ways of understanding empathy and how to avoid it’s detrimental effects. Extensive research indicates that empathy may be the mechanism by which we are drained or ‘infected’ by the emotions of our clients. If you are particularly sensitive to certain clients, this workshop will be invaluable in teaching you strategies to reduce the draining effects of your work.

• Avoid being drained by clients
• Learn how to empathise with clients and also take care of yourself
• Develop strategies to ‘shake off’ any emotions or energy from clients
• Minimise compassion fatigue and reduce the risks of burnout

For further information about this and other workshops in the series,

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Or phone 01730 827052

Future workshops include:

Your Energy, Your Protection Wed. February, 27th, 2008
Your Time, Your Lifestyle Sat. March 15th, 2008
Your stress, Your Management Sat. April 26th, 2008

Sarah Kuipers

Sarah has over 20 year experience of working as a naturopath, homeopath and hypnotherapist. As a single mother of three children, she is familiar with the challenges of balancing work and home life while earning a living as a complementary therapist. Many years of hard work and poor self care finally took it’s toll and led to ‘burnout’. It became clear that it was time for a sabbatical. Without realizing it, she had been absorbing some of the emotions and energy of patients that she had worked with over the years. Fooled by feeling so energised and fulfilled by her work, Sarah believed she had no need to take better care of herself.

Concerned at the lack of research and information available to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, Sarah embarked on a Masters Research Degree at Thames Valley University to investigate the effects of the close therapeutic relationship on CAM practitioners. This study has included an extensive review of the literature related to practitioner stress and also factors that reduce the risks of stress, empathy, compassion fatigue and burnout.

Concern that CAM practitioners are unaware of the risks of empathy and the potential long term effects of their work, led Sarah to develop this series of workshops. She is very keen to raise the standards of self care among CAM practitioners to enable them to create and maintain personal and professional lives that are joyful and nurturing on all levels, and reduce the risks of burnout.

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