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Cost of Caring, from Risk to Resilience

  • Award: Certificate of Attendance and Participation. CPD: 6 hours

  • Cost: €90.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get one free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Date: Sunday, 15th July 2018

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • This course is now complete


Empathy is an essential part of mental health and care work with others. Unfortunately this essential aspect of good help and caring can come with a cost to carers. This cost can be stress, empathy burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma also known as secondary traumatic stress. Recognition and awareness of these risks is essential for support for us in our helping roles, and to prevent its onset.

Course Content

This workshop will explore the risks in helping others, and how helpers can move from personal risk to resilience by using strategies and core dimensions of self care. “Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and your well-being” Renee Peterson Trudeau.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn about the neurology of interpersonal empathetic experiences that put helpers and therapist at risk.
  • Participants with gain an understanding of the differences between empathy burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
  • Participants will learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of each. Participants will learn strategies for dealing with stress and burnout.


  • Sunday, 15th July 2018, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This course will be of interest to professionals and volunteers who work with clients in counselling or mental health services in general.


  • Certificate of Attendance and Participation
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €90.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


Getting Started

You have the option of either applying online through our online application form or else by downloading an application form and sending it along with your payment to the IICP office.

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About the Workshop Facilitator

Gayle Kearney
Gayle KearneyIICP Module and CPD Lecturer
Gayle holds a Master’s Degree in Practice Based Play Therapy, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Gayle is a play psychotherapist and the company director of Butterfly Children Ltd.
She is accredited by the International Board of Examiners of Certified Play Therapists and the Irish Association of Play Therapy and Psychotherapy. Gayle is also co-founder and developer of the WOW (Wipe Out Worries) programme. She has worked for the HSE, Barnardos and in private practice as a child and adult psychotherapist.