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Connected, Compassionate and Resilient - Professional Session

September 18, 2019 8:00 am until 12:00 pm
At Saint Anne Church
      1600 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620, USA


Drawing showing two hands supporting a heart and green leaves symbolizing growth sprouting from the hands and heartA Half-Day Workshop for Professionals in Helping Roles

Strategies to Foster Compassion and Sustain Resilience for Ourselves, the People We Help, and Our Organizations


Compassion matters for people in caring professions—not just for the people we support, but also for ourselves. In our personal lives, compassion is related to increased happiness, social connection, and well-being. At work, compassion increases job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and emotional engagement in daily activities.

Yet those of us in professions where compassion and empathy are most critical are at increased risk of compassion fatigue: physical and emotional exhaustion a result of consistent exposure to trauma. When ignored, compassion fatigue can affect mental and physical health, making us less effective in work and in our daily lives.

Presenter Rachel Howard will guide us in exploring the causes and symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue. Learn strategies for building resilience and compassion for ourselves, the people we work with, and our organizations. We will discuss mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence as leadership practices that create strong, resilient, and effective organizations. Join us to learn:

  • How to recognize symptoms of trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue
  • A neurobiological and cognitive framework for understanding the impact of stress and trauma on our emotions and behavior
  • What works: strategies to reduce symptoms and build resilience
  • What organizations can do:  leadership, culture, and social architecture to create compassionate workplaces



  • 8:00-8:30 ~ Registration
  • 8:30-12:00 noon ~ Workshop



REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Reserve your seat using the Register button above or by phone at 585-224-7248. You can also print this registration form to mail in with a check.

Fee: $59/person. Conference materials and light breakfast provided. Please note any dietary restrictions when you register.


About the Presenter

rachel howard

Rachel Howard, LMSW, ACC, is the principal at River House Consulting, LLC. Rachel brings her unique perspective and skills as an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Coach, seasoned nonprofit executive, and social worker to clients who want to build compassionate and sustainable organizations, as well as to individuals who want to be happier and more effective in their work.


Thank you to our 2019 Conference Sponsors!


 The Bonadio Group

 Toshiba Business Solutions  


  Burke Group
 Pacesetter   Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP