Course Description

Clinicians who work with people experiencing loss and grief are often defined by their compassionate nature and ability to care for others in incredibly difficult situations. The ability to sustain this compassionate stance begins with self-compassion. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the cultivation of compassion-based practices as a buffer to fatigue and burnout that can be readily experienced when working with vulnerable individuals in organizational settings. Participants will be invited to engage in interactive/experiential practices designed to cultivate a greater sense of compassion for themselves and those in their care.

This workshop will be focused on individuals who work in a therapeutic/helper capacity with others, such as social workers, therapists, health care workers, clergy, and volunteers.

Course Details

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify how losses at the personal, professional, and organizational levels affect the ability to provide care.
  2. Describe the components of compassion and how they relate to professional practice and personal perspectives.
  3. Engage in practices that help to cultivate compassion as a form of professional competence.
  4. Explore ways that compassion-based practices can be implemented in clinical care settings with clients and their families.
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Online Synchronous
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Nov 03, 2023
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $50.00
Section Notes

Workshop will be held online in real-time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and date. This event uses Zoom web conferencing software.

Please note:
• Zoom meeting link will be emailed to participants on Thursday, November 2 by 6:00PM MT using the e-mail provided upon registration.
• 6 hours ACSW Category A credits are available for this presentation.
• The Confirmation of Completion document will be available in the UCCE Student Portal within ten (10) business days for ACSW accreditation purposes.
• Recording for this session will be available within ten (10) days after the conclusion of the session.

Darcy L. Harris, R.N., R.S.W., M.Ed. (Couns.), Ph.D., FT, is a Professor of Thanatology at King’s University  College/ Western University in London, Canada, where she also maintains a private clinical practice  specializing in issues related to change, loss, and transition. Dr. Harris developed the degree program in  Thanatology at King’s University College. In addition, she is a faculty member of the Portland Institute for  Loss and Transition, dedicated to training in grief therapy leading toward Certification in Meaning  Reconstruction in Loss.
 She currently serves on the board of directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and  as well as the board of directors for the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
 She is the series co-editor for Routledge Publishing Company’s Death, Dying, and Bereavement Series and  she is an internationally-recognized speaker and author.  Her publications include Counting our Losses:   Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge), Grief and Bereavement in  Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Routledge), Principles and Practice of Grief  Counseling (Springer), The Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and  Inclusion (Routledge) and Non-Death Loss and Grief: Context and Clinical Implications (Routledge). Her  most recent book is Compassion-Based Approaches in Loss and Grief (Routledge), has just been released  this year.

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