Your Toolkit to Guard Against Burnout, Build Resilience,
and Sustain Compassion

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Oxygen for Caregivers Online Course

Introduction by Pam Malloy
ELNEC Director

Course Overview by the Author,
Simon Fox.

Title

How to navigate the course.

The Oxygen for Caregivers team
Author: Simon Fox with Karen Fox and Jill Morris
Producer: Bent Myggen, VisionEars.com
© 2020 Adventures in Caring Foundation

Eight hours of continuing education
$128.00
Scholarships available, see below.

Oxygen for Caregivers online is a personalized, immersive multimedia experience. Truly a breath of fresh air. Not only in in the myths it dispels, and the antidotes to burnout it gives, but also in the beauty of its production that makes it a pleasure to learn. It is as much an adventure as a course, and a radical innovation in stress reduction—it reduces your stress as you learn.

Oxygen for Caregivers is both evidence-based, and a distillation of grassroots wisdom gained through the long careers of experienced caregivers. What you will get out of it is a vitally new perspective on how to approach the challenges of burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress, vicarious trauma, and even primary trauma.

You will see practical examples of how others cope with these hazards. You will learn about the root causes of stress and how to defuse them. Plus, you will have the opportunity to review three core elements of resilience you can build into your life proactively.

You end up with a practical, doable plan that’s customized to fit and enrich your unique life.

—Practical, easy-to-understand applications of the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience.
—Tools to strengthen the five factors of posttraumatic growth which are active in people who flourish despite adversity—they are the ultimate foundations of your well-being and resilience.
—Long enough
to gain the traction needed to build new habits that improve your well-being. In steps short enough to fit into the busiest schedule.
—No scheduling required. You do it at your own pace.
—8 hours of continuing education credits, in 20-minute sessions made of 5-minute steps.
—No software or hardware needed.
—High production value makes it a pleasure to learn.
—Customized to meet your own needs and goals. Personally meaningful, memorable and inspiring.
—Participate in a community of fellow professionals who learn, not only from the course material, but also from one another.


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

A certificate for eight hours of continuing education credit is available on completion of the course for the following licenses:
• BRN: Board of Registered Nursing certificate for RNs.
• CAMFT: California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
• CNA: Certified Nursing Assistants
• HRCI: Human Resources Certification Institute
• LVN: Licensed Vocational Nurses
• NHAP: Nursing Home Administrator Program

Please indicate your license type and number on checkout to receive your certificate of completion.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for:
CNAs Students Family Caregivers Volunteer Caregivers

Scholarships made possible by
Adventures in Caring Foundation

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE for:
LeadingAge California Members
ELNEC Trainers

Discounts made possible by:
• LeadingAge California
• ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium)

CLICK HERE TO APPLY:
Scholarship & Discount Application Form

PAY IT FORWARD
You can help to teach compassion

Proceeds from this course fund the Adventures in Caring volunteer program. This win-win intergenerational initiative befriends chronically ill, socially isolated seniors, while teaching pre-health professions students the art and practice of communicating with compassion—at a standard that enables well-being. This is accomplished through a one-year service-learning internship in relationship-centered care called The Medicine of Compassion.

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Table of Contents

Module 1: Real-World Self-Care
Module 2: The Territory
Module 3: The Journey
Module 1: Real-World Self-Care

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Oxygen for Caregivers documentary-style video
1.2 Taking Small Steps
1.3 Gathering Inspiration

Module 2: The Territory

2.0 Tracking Your Progress
2.1 Entering the Territory
2.2 Occupational Hazards I: Exhaustion
2.3 Occupational Hazards II: Traumatization
2.4 Biological Impact
2.5 The Five Roots of All Stress
2.6 Antidotes to Stress 1–3
2.7 Antidotes to Stress 4–5
2.8 Resetting the Autonomic Nervous System 
           (Polyvagal Theory applied)

Module 3: The Journey

3.0 Gathering Strength for the Journey
3.1 Self-Awareness: A Way of Seeing
3.2 Courageous Questions
3.3 Healing the Wounded Healer
3.4 Recognizing Your Own Warning Signs
3.5 Balance in the Ebb & Flow of Your Life
3.6 Healing Connections: Your Roots of Renewal
3.7 Continually Improving Your Well-Being I: The Formula
3.8 Continually Improving Your Well-Being II: The Plan
3.9 Conclusion
4.0 Appendix

What People Say about Oxygen for Caregivers

“Oxygen for Caregivers was a runaway success when it premiered at our Care4You compassion fatigue conference. I am still receiving rave reviews from nurses, social workers, and first responders. It is a highly useful, much needed resource.”

FRANÇOISE MATHIEU, ME
AUTHOR: THE COMPASSION FATIGUE WORKBOOK

“This remarkable program provides wonderful, unrehearsed insights from our colleagues who have successfully coped with stress for decades. I highly recommend it.”

DAVID CHERNOF, MD
DAVID GEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT UCLA

Oxygen for Caregivers is a true gift for all of those who work in a helping field.  It is a thoughtfully crafted message that illuminates the profound need for self-care and self-compassion as the core principles for assisting others.

JEFFREY S. BUCHOLTZ, PRESIDENT
SAN DIEGO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNCIL

“These resources are beautifully created and remind us of the importance of self-care. The videos and workbooks provide wonderful tools for all healthcare professionals.”

PAM MALLOY, RN, DIRECTOR
END-OF-LIFE NURSING EDUCATION CONSORTIUM (ELNEC)
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES OF NURSING (AACN)

“I work with the military, first responders around world, the wilderness medicine community, and emergency physicians and residents at Stanford Hospital. This is a wonderful resource to share with my emergency medicine faculty and residents. Please keep up the good work. It is fascinating and much needed.”

PAUL S. AUERBACH, MD
EMERGENCY MEDICINE
STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

“It kept me riveted for the entire program. The variety and sincerity of those interviewed, and the broad range of issues and experiences, from hospice to firefighters, from doctors and nurses to search & rescue workers, drew me in immediately. Best of all, the not overly complicated nor overly simplistic presentation was useful and clear. I think it’s terrific.”

ANN BENNETT, DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
FAMILY OPPORTUNITY CENTER, SANTA BARBARA

“Oxygen for Caregivers is an exceptional program… it gives a systematic method of self reflection so that we can recognize burnout in ourselves and our colleagues and take important steps to heal. It gives pragmatic tips on how we can pay attention to early signs of burnout and address them constructively. This program helps us take better care of ourselves and better care of each other, so that we can provide better care for our patients.”

JASON PRYSTOWSKY, MD, MPH, FACEP, EMERGENCY MEDICINE SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL
SANTA BARBARA CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Instructor’s Materials for Leading the Program In Person

Oxygen for Caregivers is a multidisciplinary team-building seminar with three inspiring two-hour sessions that improve morale, performance, and retention. Easy to teach for any instructor, it comes with all the audio-visual and printed materials you need to lead the program and inspire your team.

This program is for everyone on the front lines of health care: nurses, physicians and allied health professionals, including first responders—all who are witness to human suffering on a regular basis. Here is a powerful tool to protect your team from compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. It is a gift you can give to show you’ve got their back.

Your team learns to:

  • Build three pillars of resilience.
  • Understand the occupational hazards of caregiving and the difference between compassion fatigue, burnout, moral distress, and vicarious trauma.
  • Recognize their own early warning signs of distress and take steps to protect themselves.
  • Make self-care choices they can commit to, because they fit with their own lifestyle and goals.
  • Support one another in creating and sustaining a wellness plan for lifelong well-being.

Oxygen for Caregivers includes:

  • 35-minute documentary-style video.
  • 76-page Workbook PDF file with permission to copy.
  • 76-page Leader Guide PDF file.
  • 5 bonus video clips & 40 PowerPoint slides.
  • Class formats for three inspiring in-service sessions:
    • Real-World Self-Care
    • Where Wellness Begins
    • The Journey into Wholeness
  • 3 hours of continuing education credits (California BRN# CEP16529).
  • Video subtitled in Spanish and English.

What People Say about Oxygen for Caregivers

“This was my first time presenting a session on self-care. The Oxygen for Caregivers video made it so easy to do—it made the topic visible. As a result, my group immediately engaged in a spirited, insightful, and healthy dialogue. It was a refreshing experience for all.”

REBEKAH “BEKA” RIEMER, RN,
INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY MEDICAL CTR. TORRANCE

“Working in hospitals for the past 25 years, I see on a daily basis how caring and compassionate staff feel increasingly depleted due to the various competing demands of their work. Oxygen for Caregivers is like a breath of fresh air. It is a comprehensive program filled with practical strategies and focused activities designed for helpers to reconnect with others and themselves.”

DIANA TIKASZ, MSW
COMPASSION FATIGUE SPECIALIST, ONTARIO, CANADA

“I work with the military, first responders around world, the wilderness medicine community, and emergency physicians and residents at Stanford Hospital. This is a wonderful resource to share with my emergency medicine faculty and residents. Please keep up the good work. It is fascinating and much needed.”

PAUL S. AUERBACH, MD
EMERGENCY MEDICINE
STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Oxygen for Caregivers will spark important conversations about the wellbeing of those on the frontlines of healthcare. These conversations and resulting efforts to attend to self-care needs can certainly improve the quality and safety of care, as well as, enhance the patient experience.

CHRISTINA THIELST, FACHE, VICE PRESIDENT
TOWER PATIENT EXPERIENCE CONSULTING GROUP

“Such a healing balm you have offered we happy few so blessed to serve, so often wounded on the field. I shall tuck it in my heart and in my go bag.”

FR. JON HEDGES
SANTA BARBARA SHERIFF’S CHAPLAIN

“These resources are beautifully created and remind us of the importance of self-care. The videos and workbooks provide wonderful tools for all healthcare professionals.”

PAM MALLOY, RN, DIRECTOR
END-OF-LIFE NURSING EDUCATION CONSORTIUM (ELNEC)
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES OF NURSING (AACN)

“Oxygen for Caregivers was a runaway success when it premiered at our Care4You compassion fatigue conference. I am still receiving rave reviews from nurses, social workers, and first responders. It is a highly useful, much needed resource.”

FRANÇOISE MATHIEU, MED
AUTHOR: THE COMPASSION FATIGUE WORKBOOK

“Highly useful for discussions by health professionals aimed at a pervasive problem: how to cope successfully with our own feelings while we serve as steady beacons and sources of comfort for others? Kudos to Adventures in Caring for making these concerns visible so that we can discuss this more fully, and become even more effective caregivers and more satisfied people.”

RICHARD J. STECKEL, MD

“It kept me riveted for the entire program. The variety and sincerity of those interviewed, and the broad range of issues and experiences, from hospice to firefighters, from doctors and nurses to search & rescue workers, drew me in immediately. Best of all, the not overly complicated nor overly simplistic presentation was useful and clear. I think it’s terrific.”

ANN BENNETT, DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
FAMILY OPPORTUNITY CENTER, SANTA BARBARA

“This remarkable program, Oxygen for Caregivers, provides wonderful, unrehearsed insights from our colleagues who have successfully coped with stress for decades. I highly recommend it.”

DAVID CHERNOF, MD
DAVID GEFFEN
UCLA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

“Oxygen for Caregivers is so well done, so pertinent, so good. Thank you for doing it. I’m totally impressed with what you have accomplished. Adventures in Caring is a wonderful asset in this community and in the world. You are helping to change it for the better.”

CHARLES ZIMMER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
HOSPICE OF SANTA BARBARA

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