AALAS Webinar - Institutional and Management Strategies for the Development of a Sustainable Compassion Fatigue Support Program

These times of the COVID-19 pandemic have been stressful and emotionally draining. Many institutions got the message in March that all research would be stopped and the animal population had to be reduced. The devastation and grief have been heart-wrenching. Now more than ever, it has become evident that emotional support and wellbeing are just as important as occupational and physical health. Ms. Anneke Keizer has developed institutional strategies for the development of compassion fatigue programs following interviews with more then 600 laboratory animal caregivers, ranging from facility directors to cage wash personnel, over the past 4 years. This webinar will focus on helping institutions develop a program to strengthen the coping mechanisms of people working with laboratory animals. This often starts with a needs assessment-an opportunity for employees to discuss the underlying or unspoken issues within their facility, in order to determine and address the needs or gaps between current conditions and desired conditions. In this webinar, Anneke will discuss strategies that institutions can use to foster self-care, peer support, and support by managers and supervisors for their animal caregivers. Audience: Animal care program directors, veterinarians, IACUC members, IACUC staff, and facility managers/supervisors.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am
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