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Compassion Fatigue, Stress, and Self-Care

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Topic #1-Managing Crisis Within the School Environment.

This session will discuss strategies to help manage challenging topics like suicide, self-injury, and inclusive mental health practices for school teachers working with students. Teachers and stakeholders will learn how to help support students, but also manage their stress in relation to these topics.

Topic #2-Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Compassion fatigue by definition is a state experienced by those helping people in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create secondary traumatic stress for the helper. In practice, it is the stress generated by helping/teaching kids who come to school and struggle behaviorally, emotionally, psychologically, and/ or academically due to various events in their life (i.e. trauma, poverty, homelessness, etc.).

Compassion fatigue and Self-Care training will provide you the knowledge to recognize compassion fatigue and how to have sustainable self-care while caring for others in a healthy and compassionate way.


Dr. Amanda Tashjian is an assistant professor of practice and the MA Counseling Program Director in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies in the College of Education.  She earned an M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation and a Ph.D. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Education with a minor in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Her research focuses largely on sexuality and disability, counselor competency, and clinical supervision.  Having worked in a schools, private practice, and community mental health, Dr. Tashjian believes in a strong practitioner-educator model for counseling professionals.

Cindy Ruich is the Director of Student Services for the Marana Unified School District (MUSD). The Marana Unified School District has been part of her life since she moved into the district in 1995. She has had three daughters graduate from MUSD and one still in school. She started teaching in Flowing Wells Unified School District as a Junior High School Teacher in the late 90’s. Cindy then went on to become a Professional School Counselor in MUSD in 2003. She made the transition to administration in 2010 as an Associate Principal in MUSD. Cindy started in my current role in 2013. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies Counseling Program. Cindy loves education and is a lifelong learner. Cindy is passionate about helping others professionally and personally.

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