Compassion Fatigue: When Empathy Leads to Disease

Orange County EAPA Chapter
February 2, 2024 Meeting

1 CE (BBS/ CAMFT), 1.5 PDH (CEAP) Provided, Lunch included

Time: Friday, February 2, 2024, 11:30am- 1pm
Location: Providence St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, Sister Elizabeth Building

1100 W. Stewart Drive Orange, California 92868

*Please RSVP to Attend- Learn and Network

  • No Charge for EAPA Members
  • No Charge for Non-EAPA Members for this First of Year Offer
  • 1 CE: CEPA Provider Number 138922, Twin Town Treatment Centers
  • Approved by CAMFT for LMFT/ LCSW/ PC
  • $0 Charge for Non-EAPA Members for this session only


Please contact RSVP below for ADA Accommodations

Course Summary:

Compassion Fatigue has been described as the “cost of caring” for others in emotional and physical pain. It is characterized by deep physical and emotional exhaustion and a pronounced change in the helper’s ability to feel empathy for their patients, their loved ones, and their co-workers. It is marked by increased cynicism at work, a loss of enjoyment of our career, and eventually can transform into depression, secondary traumatic stress, and stress-related illnesses. The most insidious aspect of compassion fatigue is that it attacks the very core of what brought us into this work: our empathy and compassion for others. The key is to focus on having compassion and empathy for ourselves and learning the art of self-care. This presentation will focus on the pitfalls of Compassion Fatigue and the Spiritual benefits of practicing self-care, by honing in on our individual needs and intuitive abilities.


  • I am able to define compassion fatigue.
  • I can identify symptoms of compassion fatigue.
  • I can identify specific tools of self-care to combat compassion fatigue.


RSVP/Questions – Please Call/Text or Email:

Stephanie Buerkel

Orange County EAPA Chapter Monthly Meeting Info: 1st Friday of the Month (every other month)


Board of Directors:

Marcus Dayhoff – President

Bruce Steele – Vice President

Sam Vickery – Ethics Chair/Past President

Linda Winston – Hospitality Committee Chair

Georgene Honeycutt – Therapist Committee Chair

David Lisonbee -Treatment Committee Chair

Stephanie Buerkel – Publicity Chair

Cesar Delgado – Work-Life Committee Chair


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