LGBT-Affirming Therapist Guild


Managing Compassion Fatigue: Self Care for the Care-Giver

  • 21 Sep 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Jewish Family Services 425 E. 63rd Street, KCMO 64110

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Michael Boniello will be presenting: 

This session will focus on the effects of compassion fatigue on worker performance and the types of interventions which are most effective in supporting healthy adaptation verses worker burnout. In addition to discussing the cognitive, emotional and behavioral symptoms that may arise as a result of prolonged professional helping, several possible strategies will be offered with regards to supporting self care, supporting worker safety and healthy trauma recovery, developing supervisory management styles that support resiliency versus stagnation, and preventing impaired service delivery. Ethical issues regarding clinical judgement and effective decision making will also be addressed. 


By the end of this workshop, participants should: 

1) Have a better understanding of symptoms of compassion fatigue and the etiology of burnout in the professional setting. 

2) have a deeper understanding of the importance of self care in the professional arena and the need for behavioral changes (both regards to workers and their environments) in order to prevent worker burnout. 

3) Have a better grasp on the types of interventions that promote self care and help effectively manage compassion fatigue effectively. 

4) Be able to develop a personal self care plan and monitor progress towards more effective functioning as a professional. 

Michael Boniello, LSCSW, LCSW

Michael Boniello is a licensed clinical social worker in both Kansas and Missouri. He has been in private practice for the past 30 years in Prairie Village, KS where he specialized in trauma recovery, addictions (including sexual compulsivity) and the treatment of sex offenders. Prior to establishing his own practice, he served as program manager of adolescent sex offenders at the Wyandot Center and as a staff clinical on the adult sex offender unit. In addition to his clinical practice he has consulted with a number of agencies including DFS, DCF and Lansing Correctional Facility. He has also presented at numerous conferences on the state, national and international levels on topics as varied as Assessing Sexually Addictive Behavior, The Treatment of the Sexually Abused Child, Managing Compassion Fatigue and the Treatment of Clergy Who Offend, Lastly, he was a faculty member at the University of Kansas from 1995-2016 where he taught Clinical Social Work Practice, Mental Health and Psychopathology, Clinical Social Work Supervision, Solution Focused Therapy and Social Work with Traumatized Populations. 

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