We live in a complex world still reeling from the effects of a global pandemic, rising homelessness, hunger, and poverty, facing frequent events of mass school shootings and violence, racism and gender violence, and wars and human rights atrocities around the world. While we are working to process all of these various issues as humans, we are also working to support the young people around us through these issues and challenges. How do we cope with these challenges without burning out?
This webinar examines the concept of compassion fatigue as it relates to individuals who work in human services, in particular youth services. We discuss what compassion fatigue is, how it can manifest, and the effects on the individual, others, and the work environment. The discussion concludes with an exercise to help identify ways to support individuals who are experiencing compassion fatigue and coping strategies.
About the presenter:
Nicole Homerin, M.Ed. (she/her) is an Inclusion Communities Manager at PYD and has over a decade of experience working with children and youth with disabilities. She began her journey in the field at AbilityFirst Camp Paivika, a camp in Southern California for youth and adults with disabilities, where she held various roles, including Performing Arts Coordinator and Program Coordinator. After completing her undergraduate degree, Nicole worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Deafblind Program and Outreach Program at Perkins School for the Blind. While completing her Master’s Degree, Nicole spent two years working as a Teaching Assistant in the preschool classroom at The Campus School at Boston College.
In addition to her love of classroom teaching, Nicole dedicated time in programs working to increase inclusive opportunities in the community for individuals with disabilities. She spent two years working in the Adaptive Dance Program at The Boston Ballet School and taught several Adaptive Percussive Dance classes at Perkins School for the Blind. Most recently, Nicole has worked with RespectAbility, as both a Community Outreach Fellow and an Education Consultant.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Boston College, where she was the recipient of the Bernard A. Stotsky/Thomas H. Browne Prize for Excellence in Special Education. She previously published a paper in the California Council on Teacher Education Spring Monograph on the topic of compassion fatigue as it relates to special education teachers and related service staff.