Compassion Fatigue Strategies

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Compassion Fatigue Strategies

Course information:

General information

Course description

Course objectives:

Required texts:

Prerequisites

Course Outline & Schedule:

Due Dates

Assignments

Grading

Module 1: Understanding Compassion Fatigue

Module 2: Managing Stress and Increasing Self‐Care

Module 3: Building Compassion Satisfaction and Resiliency

Module 4: Taking Action and Committing to Change

  1. Course information:

Course Numbers:  CE Course

Course Title: Compassion Fatigue Strategies

Course credit: CE Course

Course Website: http://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/education/courses/compassion-fatigue-strategies/ 

  1. General information

Course Delivery:

This course is taught entirely online within the UF academic calendar for each semester. The course will be delivered using the UF centrally supported learning management system, CANVAS. Students must have a Gator Link ID to access e-learning at: https://lss.at.ufl.edu/

Course Contact:

Always contact Teachers by email within the CANVAS course

Please allow 48 hours for a response

Instructor: Jessica Dolce, MS, CCFE

Email = jdolce@ufl.edu 

Email = jessica@jessicadolce.com

Program Manager: Phillip Buchyn
Email = buchynp@ufl.edu

Student Support Services:

Email = paulmcd@uflib.ufl.edu

  1. Course description

Course goal:  Understand and manage the effects of compassion fatigue in the animal care and welfare professions.

Course objectives:

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Understand compassion fatigue definitions, symptoms, and contributing factors.
  2. Identify and monitor individual levels of compassion fatigue and burnout.
  3. Recognize and implement components of stress management and self‐care plans.
  4. Understand key concepts related to compassion fatigue management such as resilience, mindfulness, negativity bias, and setting healthy boundaries.
  5. Build tools to support behavior change, such as personal mission statements and SMART goals.
  6. Recognize signs of organizational compassion fatigue.
  7. Learn how to incorporate changes into the workplace to support staff.

IV. Course Materials

Required Texts and Resources:

This course is delivered online through using an interactive digital textbook divided into modules. Each module includes a variety of interactive activities, readings, recordings, webinars, group discussions, and assignments to deepen student understanding of materials.

Required texts:

The list of readings by module can be found here. The readings come from the PDF files made available to students within the pages of the Modules. There are no required texts.

Technology Requirements

  1. A desktop or laptop with high-speed internet access and at multiple browsers other than Internet Explorer (Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari). Apple iOS and tablets might not be completely compatible with e-learning at this time. Mobile apps do exist for accessing Canvas, VoiceThread, Adobe Connect, and other distance learning technologies during the course. However these mobile applications may have some limitations compared to the desktop versions.
  2. A working headset with microphone to participate in Big Blue Button live calls/chats. You may connect by phone as well, but participation may be limited.
  3. Students must have Microsoft Office Software installed and have basic skills for using Word and Excel. Students with a Gator Link ID have free access to Lynda.com for training and are able to download discounted/free software from the GatorCloud by visiting http://www.it.ufl.edu/gatorcloud/.

  1. Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

  1. Course Outline & Schedule: 

This course is delivered online through an interactive digital textbook divided into four modules. Each module includes a variety of interactive activities, readings, recordings, webinars, discussions, and assignments to deepen student understanding of materials.

Assignments and readings are done at your own pace.

Past students have shared that budgeting 1-2 weeks per module, spending approximately 2 hours a week (or 15-20 minutes a day) is a pace that worked well and helped them to get the most out of the course.

Dates to Note: The discussion boards, live calls, and your instructor's participation begin on October 16th and end on December 10th.  

After December 10th, you may continue to access and work through the course as a self-study until February 10th, 2018.

Discussion Boards: The discussion boards will remain open for 8 weeks, closing on 12/10/17. After that date, students will be able to access and read the discussion threads, but they will no longer be able to post new comments.

Live Calls: There will be four live calls held on Thursdays at 9pm EST on the following dates: 10/26, 11/2, 11/16, and 11/30. They are designed to help students explore new practices and stress management techniques. Attending the calls is optional. Recordings will be made available within 24 hours of the live call.

Quizzes: The four quizzes are due when the course closes on 2/10/18, in order to earn CE credits and receive a certificate of completion.

Course Closing: All course materials are available for students to access and review until the course closes on 2/10/18.

Due Dates

Quizzes are due by the end of class on 2/10/18. Contributions to the discussion boards should be posted by 12/10/17. All other aspects of the class are self‐paced.

Assignments

Details about each assignment are included within the online modules.

Grading

Fifteen contact hours of CE will be awarded by a certificate of completion that you will receive if you achieve 16 points on the four quizzes (each worth 4 points that may be retaken as many times as needed to pass).

Module 1: Understanding Compassion Fatigue

All discussion board contributions are DUE BY 12/10/17.  Quizzes are DUE BY 2/10/18. Materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 2/10/18.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 10/26 at 9pm EST with Jessica Dolce and Ellen Dolce LCSW on the topics of compassion fatigue and seeking professional mental health help. Call-in information will be provided.

Module 2: Managing Stress and Increasing Self‐Care

All discussion board contributions are DUE BY 12/10/17.  Quizzes are DUE BY 2/10/18. Materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 2/10/18.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 11/2 at 9pm EST with Jessica Dolce. Call-in information will be provided.

Module 3: Building Compassion Satisfaction and Resiliency

All discussion board contributions are DUE BY 12/10/17.  Quizzes are DUE BY 2/10/18. Materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 2/10/18.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 11/16 at 9pm EST with Jessica Dolce. Call-in information will be provided.

Module 4: Taking Action and Committing to Change

All discussion board contributions are DUE BY 12/10/17.  Quizzes are DUE BY 2/10/18. Materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 2/10/18.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 11/30 at 9pm EST with Jessica Dolce. Call-in information will be provided.

VI. Administrative Policies:

For more information on UF Graduate School policies related to grades, attendance, student conduct, and academic honesty please visit the Graduate School .

Honesty Policy

All students registered at the University of Florida have agreed to comply with the following statement: “I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.” In addition, on all work submitted for credit the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” Review the Student Conduct and Honor Code.

Student Evaluation of Instruction

Evaluations are performed electronically at the end of the course. To evaluate the instructor, visit the GatorRater Online Faculty Evaluation site.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting accommodations must first register with the Dean of Students Office, Disability Resource Center at 352-392-8565. Students may also apply on-line for accommodations. For more information, see the Disability Resource Center. The Disability Resource Center will provide a letter to the student who must then meet with the course instructor to discuss the required accommodations. Once notification is complete, the instructor can work with the Disability Resource Center to provide the requested accommodations. To ensure that necessary accommodations are provided in a timely manner, it would expedite this process if any student who might need an accommodation would notify the course coordinator during registration.

Software Use

All faculty, staff and students of the University are required to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

UF Counseling and Wellness Center

Many resources are available for students who need help with stress-related problems or emergencies. Assistance is available both by appointment and after hours by calling 352-392-1575 or visiting the UF Counseling and Wellness Center.

Grade Changes

Grades will be changed only when a grading error has been made.

Communication with Instructors

The preferred method for communication between students and the course instructors and teaching assistants is by email within e-learning (Canvas Inbox). Please allow 48 hours for a response. Do NOT use the e-learning Discussions board or comments left on assignments to communicate about grades or other personal matters.

Attendance

Lessons within this course can include a combination of asynchronous self-paced activities and synchronous activities that request attendance and participation at specific times as detailed on the Course Calendar. Students are expected to visit the eLearning course to check for important announcements.

Class Participation and Discussion Guidelines

Students are encouraged to constructively and professionally participate in online discussions while completing modules. Students are also invited to contribute interesting and relevant information during the discussions and live chats. All interactions between classmates and/or faculty must be polite and professionally conducted.

Shouting (using all capital letters), use of profanity, or insulting language will not be permitted. Inappropriate comments (please see discussion guidelines in the Introduction Module of the course for more details) will be addressed by the instructor. If a student is given two warnings about the content of their comments and continues to post inappropriate comments, they will be blocked from posting further comments.

Performance Expectations

Successful students report they spend between approximately 2 hours working on course activities each week.

Make-Up Work, Late Assignments, and Due Dates

Students are expected to complete assignments according to the due dates posted on the calendar within eLearning. If a student experiences a technical problem they should immediately notify de-support@ahc.ufl.edu  or the UF Computing Help Desk for assistance.   If such an issue prevents a student from submitting an assignment by the due date, the student will be expected to produce a help desk ticket to document efforts were made to correct the problem in a timely manner prior to the due date.

Important Dates/Deadlines to Withdraw

Consult the UF Academic Calendar for details on key dates for dropping or withdrawing from this course and any tuition penalties that apply. Consult the Course Calendar within e-learning for important dates and deadlines that pertain to this course.