Tired, Wired, Mired and Inspired! Strategies For Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Harm Reduction Efforts


The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for prevention professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Many people who work in harm reduction consider their work to be a "calling." Two occupational hazards, burnout and compassion fatigue/secondary trauma, can undermine that calling and diminish your effectiveness. Burnout is caused by feeling ineffective in your work and organizational/team stress. Compassion fatigue (also called secondary trauma/secondary PTSD) results from absorbing the traumatic stories and experiences of clients. Both occupational hazards can lead to a loss of energy, loss of hope, loss of enthusiasm, loss of idealism, spiritual distress, and decreased effectiveness.

This virtual presentation focuses on how to prevent and recover from burnout and compassion fatigue, with an emphasis on self-care and the four things high performers do to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue. We will also discuss how to maintain energy, reduce frustration in your clinical work, and feel more successful.


  • Be aware of the four stages of burnout
  • Understand the differences between burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Evaluate your vulnerability for developing compassion fatigue
  • Learn and utilize 10 strategies to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Learn skills to reduce frustration in your clinical work
  • Feel a greater sense of success in your work





MARK SANDERSMark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is Illinois state project manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. He is an international speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and British Virgin Islands. A partial list of clients include General Motors Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Northwestern University, and the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

The author of five books, Mark has had two stories published in The New Times bestselling book series, Chicken Soup for The Soul. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois State University's schools of social work. Mark’s three decades of experience as a direct service Licensed Clinical Social Worker provide the foundation for his presentations.

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