Dr. Mark Davies
Dr. Davies received his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta in 1995. From 1995 to 2007, Dr. Davies was an associate professor of family studies at Carey and Regent College on the UBC campus. Since 2006, Dr. Davies has been in full time private practice. Dr. Davies has had extensive experience working with first responders. His work includes providing psychological services for individuals, facilitating critical incident stress debriefings (CISDs), leading seminars and workshops and acting as a consultant to first responder agencies. His expertise includes treating psychological issues (depression, anxiety, trauma), building psychological resilience and creating psychologically healthy workplaces. He has been a registered psychologist since 1995.
Session - Compassion Fatigue: When You Can’t Give Anymore
Description: The word compassion means “to suffer with.” When we give care, we often end up not just suffering with those we care for, but often their suffering becomes our own, and we find our own health eroding. Constantly being engaged in trauma, suffering and pain can leave us depleted, exhausted, cynical and depressed. Yet, most caregivers do not practice self-care and are often the last ones to admit that they are struggling. In his presentation Dr. Davies will first share how compassion fatigue erodes the caregiver’s own mental and spiritual health. He will then look at critical self-care practices all frontline caregivers must engage in, in order to remain healthy and vibrant.