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Compassion Fatigue Lecture

Compassion Fatigue Lecture

Date of Release: March 22, 2011

Dr. Donna McCarten White will present a lecture entitled Compassion Fatigue: Healing the Heart-Renewing the Soul, on Monday, March 28, 2011, at 5:15 p.m. in the Gracie Theatre at Husson. She will also do interactive presentations on the subject on Monday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 29, at 9:00 a.m. in the Center for Family Business. Aimed at health care professionals, faculty, students and interested lay people, these lectures present a new perspective on the issue of stress in Clinical Practice. Dr. White will present the profile of a professional working in a caring capacity that is suffering from Compassion Fatigue and will present strategies to promote wellness, recovery and a renewed sense of identity for the caring professional. All events are free and open to the public.

Dr. McCarten is the Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Her immediate previous position was Program Director for the Commonwealth Research and Evaluation Unit, a conjoined program between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Harvard University. She is the former Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive at Worcester State Hospital. In addition, she was Director of Nurses and the Director of Chemical Dependency Services at Pembroke Psychiatric Hospital.

She is a graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing,earned a BSN from Curry College and holds an MSN from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. She is a Board Certified Fellow at the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is a Green Cross Foundation Certified Educator in Compassion Fatigue. In 2007, she was the first recipient of the Fong-Bressler Award for Outstanding Preceptorship from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

For more information about this lecture, please contact Amy Clark at 941-7001. This event is presented by the Office of the Dean, College of Health and Education.

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