Welcome! I invite you to learn through this website about our new documentary film, CAREGIVERS. We are currently collecting compelling stories for our film and blog from professionals who provide various kinds of important services to traumatized patients or clients, and we want to know their stories. If you are such a caregiver, please share with us your experiences and how you cope (Tell Us Your Story). Whether you are a social worker, nurse, doctor, therapist, or some other kind of caregiver or public servant, we want to know how you have been or are being affected on a professional and personal level by your work—and your ways of healing from stress and professional grief. Our intention through the film and website is to share the story behind the story of traumatized clients—that is, the impact of the work upon the caregivers—and thereby to significantly improve public awareness in this area as well as understanding among professionals themselves. As you tour our website, please think about ways you might like to contribute. We encourage you to also learn about our supportive staff development workshops for professional caregivers. (Workshops) And please contact me with any questions you may have.
- Vic Compher, Executive Producer and Director
About the film:
Whether it is an anticipated or at times unexpected death of a client or patient on one’s caseload, or some other tragedy in one’s area of service, caregivers are, no matter how “professional”, often deeply affected. Our film will confront common cultural myths and stereotypes about helping professionals, including child welfare and other social workers, clinical therapists, counselors, doctors, nurses, hospice workers, staff in institutional or home-based elder care, public service workers (e.g. firemen, police), or others. Portraying the professional caregivers in the institutional or neighborhood locations of the clients, as well as in their own home environments, this documentary film will depict the challenges which these professionals face, their satisfaction, compassion fatigue, vicarious or secondary trauma, and the inventive ways that they cope.