Webinar event date: 
Oct 6, 2021 11:00 am EDT
Webinar Presenters: 

Charles Chenard

Social Worker/Psychotherapist/Art Therapist/Theatre Artist

Strathcona County Family and Community Services

Charles Chenard is a social worker, psychotherapist, art therapist and theatre artist. He is presently a counsellor for the Strathcona County Family and Community Services based in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Charles has facilitated workshops and classes on mindfulness, self-care, the “Art” of compassion, playwriting, acting, Commedia dell’arte, masks, movement and improvisation. His professional interests include using creative arts in therapy.


This presentation has a strength based and solution focused orientation.  One of the objectives of this workshop is to learn healthy ways to cope/respond to secondary traumatic stress (STS) and maintain (or re-obtain) compassion satisfaction. STS is a common occupational hazard in social work; this presentation will give concrete ways to identify STS effect on us to prevent burn out, compassion fatigue or empathic distress fatigue.  Dispositional mindfulness and self-compassion exercises will be part of the presentation. 

Webinar Objectives 

  • Become familiar with various terms: compassion satisfaction, empathic distress fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, empathy, compassion, relaxation response, vicarious trauma, burnout, moral distress, traumatic countertransference… 
  • Understand how secondary traumatic stress can affect oneself and others 
  • Understand some core competencies for secondary trauma-informed supervision
  • Understand three different types of coping skills and how they might play a role in limiting the effect of STS. 
  • Understand the difference between a solution focus vs problem focus outlook in dealing with STS.
  • Learn specific strategies to buffer the development of Compassion fatigue or empathic distress fatigue.