Compassion Fatigue Seminar in Tacoma

“Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.”  – Dr. Charles Figley, Director, Tulane Traumatology Institute

As animal welfare advocates, we carry the overwhelming task of changing the way the world views nonhuman lives.  We must balance a heightened sense of empathy with patience, understanding, frustration, sadness, and hope as we make our way through this world without giving up on those who need our voice.  We confront the violence and trauma in our food, clothing, science, entertainment, and pet industries.  We absorb this trauma and carry it with us into other aspects of our lives.  We often feel hopeless, alone, exhausted, and at war with the rest of the world.

These are the building blocks of Compassion Fatigue.  

Cupid’s Landing is a nonprofit startup project to fund the building of a farm animal sanctuary and community support center.  A large part of the work we do is focused on supporting and strengthening our animal welfare network.  On September 16th, 2018 we are hosting a Compassion Fatigue seminar at the Washington State History Museum.  Our goal is to remove barriers and make this invaluable resource accessible to everyone at risk of suffering from Compassion Fatigue (including caregivers of humans as well.)  The 2 hour seminar and Q&A lead by a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist will inform you of this diagnosable condition.  You will learn how to replenish your own mental health needs while carrying out the work you do, no matter how great or small it is.  The stronger and healthier you are, the more positive your influence on the world will be. 

WHEN: Sunday, September 16th 2 pm – 4 pm (doors open at 1:30)

WHERE: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

WHO: Patricia Smith, Founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project and Healthy Caregiving, LLC, is a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist with more than 20 years of training experience.  She writes, speaks and facilitates trainings in service of those who care for others, and has several years of experience working in animal welfare.  

COST: Minimum $2 donation

60 minutes of networking/mingling time will follow the seminar with 100% plant based refreshments served.  To register and reserve your seat, click here.  To learn more about Compassion Fatigue and discover more resources, visit

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Common symptoms of Compassion Fatigue include: prolonged physical and emotional exhaustion, feelings of inequity, depression, in-fighting (with colleagues, organizations, and others who are working for the same cause), depersonalization, difficulty sleeping, weight loss, and headaches.  Whether you experience these symptoms or not, this eye opening presentation has the potential to change your life.  If you are an animal welfare advocate or a caregiver in any setting, this resource could drastically increase your impact on the work you do.  These presentations normally carry a hefty ticket price!  We at Cupid’s Landing are working towards making the world a better place by helping the helpers of the world who often overlook their own mental health needs.  We are removing as many barriers as possible to make this resource accessible to you.  

Thank you for everything you do for the world! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments. 

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” – Dr. Rachel Remen, author, professor of Integrative Medicine at UC San Francisco.