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Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain

Film and Discussion

“Our journey of caring for the vulnerable people in our communities also needs to include gratitude for professional caregivers as demonstrated by how we care for them on their journey, as well.”

Brian M. Duke, (former) PA Secretary of Aging

Portraits of Professional CAREgivers probes the dramatic emotional costs experienced by professional care providers. The film asks the question: How are professional care providers (hospice and palliative care professionals, healthcare professionals, first responders and others) affected emotionally and physically? Most importantly, who helps the helpers?

Through poignant stories of professionals, the film shows how engaged, empathic caregiving can be an occupational hazard. It explores the painful and human sides of responses to trauma known as compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress. It also addresses the profound meaning or compassion satisfaction professional caregivers also experience and identifies ways of coping and recovering from these occupational hazards.

Following the film, opportunities for discussion and application to one’s own caregiving role will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify professional care providers physical and emotional reactions to engaged, empathic caregiving
  • Discuss compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress
  • Identify ways of coping and recovering from the occupational hazards of professional caregiving