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Episode 193 - Vic Compher and Rodney Whittenberg: "Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain"

Monday, June 06, 2016, 7:57:24 AM

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In this episode our guests discuss their documentary film exploring the work of professional caregivers, and what they have learned about the caregivers' unique joys and stressors. They want to raise public consciousness of the nature of caregivers' work, the situations of their clients, and the impact of this work on those who provide care and service to people in trying situations. They explore options for caregiver self-care and address organizational structures that provide crucial peer support to help manage the stress experienced by professional caregivers.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great resource for social workers, Sunday, February 12, 2017

By Jennifer D :

This podcast was very informative for professionals in the care giving human service field. It is important for social workers to be trained on secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. This podcast explains what it means to have these experiences, the precipitants to the trauma and the consequences. I thought it was helpful to hear Vic talk about developing an emotional safety plan and recognize the importance of being in tune with yourself and how to reduce stress. The film makers highlight self-care and how it is necessary to combat burn out in this field. Lastly, I thought this podcast was successful in reminding the audience how many care giving professions there are that are not recognized as care givers such as police officers, fire fighters, etc. As an emerging social worker I found the information presented in this podcast as relevant and significant. I would recommend it to the public as well as peers and colleagues. I am also interested in viewing the film "Portraits of Professional Caregivers:their passion. their pain"

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Average Rating: 5stars  similar familial experience , Wednesday, February 01, 2017

By S. Elizabeth :

My mother is currently a caregiver to my grandmother, her mother-in-law with late-stage Alzheimer’s, and I believe, from an outside perspective, that my mother is experiencing intense secondary-trauma. There are often times that my mother and other family members, including myself, agree that we have already mourned the loss of my grandmother and feel sadness. My mother deals with anxiety about “parenting” again, although her only two children are already grown. Since the start of her caregiving role for my grandmother, my mother had to quit her newly earned teaching job due to her difficulty concentrating on lessons and the fatigue and nausea from the anxiety. There are times now when my mother discloses to me that she cannot stand taking care of her own mother-in-law, although she loves her so much. This podcast highlighted the various caregiver traits I have seen my mother develop over the last six years of this journey and it has become apparent that my mother may be experiencing secondary trauma. I wish to inform her more on the topic and have already sent her the link to this podcast!


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