The Virtual Compassion Fatigue Retreat is an opportunity to learn strategies on how to relax, relate, and release while serving others. Compassion Fatigue has been described by Figley (1982) as the “cost of caring" for others in emotional and physical pain. It is characterized by deep physical and emotional exhaustion and a pronounced change in the caregiver’s ability to feel empathy for their patients, their loved ones and their co-workers. It is marked by increased cynicism at work, a loss of enjoyment of one’s career, and eventually can transform into depression, secondary traumatic stress and stress-related illnesses. The most insidious aspect of compassion fatigue is that it attacks the very core of what brought us into this work: our empathy and compassion for others. (Figley, 1982)
Dr. Macie Smith, LSW, C-SWCM, SW-G
Founder, Leeza's Care Connection
Absolute Total Care
2020 Virtual Compassion Fatigue Retreat
Nikita B. / Comedic Keynote
Nikita embodies a no-nonsense approach in her message and teaching style entangled with humor in a way that only she can intertwine the two. Outspoken, fiery, transparent and truthful are just a few of the common adjectives used when describing her.
A former director of nursing turn nationally known comedic speaker, turn coach for the creative entrepreneur, Nikita has graced many large platforms with many award winning artists. She has been featured by local networks, BET Networks, the Impact Network, TV One, Black Network Television, All Nations TV, Clean Comedy Radio and Bounce TV encouraging people to laugh their way to the life they love.
Marisette Hasan - BSN RN
President-CEO The Carolinas Center
Founder Healing with Heather
Wesley Funchess - Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant working for Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. He has worked in primary care for 12 years and is currently working in urgent care. He is the founder of the nonprofit Lillie-Kate which helps minority students with scholarships as they pursue a career in the PA profession.
Farrah Wigand - Registered Dietician Nurtiritionist
SC DHEC SNAP-Ed Program
Touchstome Counseling & Coaching