Compassion Fatigue Strategies

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Compassion Fatigue Strategies

Course information:

General information

Course description

Course objectives

Required texts

Prerequisites

Course Outline & Schedule

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 open to the public.  It is taught entirely online and 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:

Please allow 48 hours for a response.

Instructor: Jessica Dolce, MS, CCFE

Email = jessica@jessicadolce.com

Program Manager: Chrissy Sedgley
Email = csedgley@ufl.edu

Student Support Services:

In the event that you have technical difficulties with this course, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk either by email or calling (352) 392-4357 - select option 1.

E-library/ Course Reserves Help

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. 

The list of readings by module can be found here (subject to change). The readings come from 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 Zoom live calls/chats. You may connect by phone as well, but participation may be limited.
  3. Students must have Microsoft Office Software installed. Students with a Gator Link ID have free access to Lynda.com for software 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.

We recommend that you allow yourself two weeks per module (there are 4 modules total). Students have shared that budgeting approximately 2 hours per week for classwork was a pace that helped them to get the most out of the course.

Students will receive weekly emails with updates and other relevant information during the course.

Dates to Note:

The online classroom OPENS on 9/30/19.

The discussion boards, live calls, and your instructor's participation ENDS 11/24/19.

The course materials and quizzes are available as a self-study until 1/24/20.

Discussion Boards: The discussion boards are open for 8 weeks. Contributions to the discussion boards should be posted by 11/24/19. After that date, students will be able to read the discussions, 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: 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, and 11/21. Calls 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: Quizzes are due before the course closes on 1/24/20 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 1/24/20.

Module 1: Understanding Compassion Fatigue

All discussion board contributions are DUE BY 11/24/19.

Quizzes are DUE BY 1/24/20.

Module 1 materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 1/24/20.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 10/10/19 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 11/24/19.

Quizzes are DUE BY 1/24/20.

Module 2 materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 1/24/20.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 10/24/19 at 9pm EST with Jessica Dolce on the topics of stress and self-care. Call-in information will be provided.

Module 3: Building Compassion Satisfaction and Resiliency

All discussion board contributions are DUE BY 11/24/19.

Quizzes are DUE BY 1/24/20.

Module 3 materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 1/24/20.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 11/7/19 at 9pm EST with Jessica Dolce on building resilience. Call-in information will be provided.

Module 4: Taking Action and Committing to Change

All discussion board contributions are DUE BY 11/24/19.

Quizzes are DUE BY 1/24/20.

Module 4 materials will be available for you to access and review until the course closes on 1/24/20.

Optional: Attend a live phone call Thursday 11/21/19 at 9pm EST with Jessica Dolce on creating positive changes. Call-in information will be provided.

Assignments

Details about each assignment are included within the online modules.

Grading

Fifteen contact hours of CE will be awarded 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).

VI. Administrative Policies:

Honesty Policy

You may 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 the 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.

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 the UF Computing Help Desk for assistance  either by email or calling (352) 392-4357 - select option 1.

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.