For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2017
Vic Compher 267-266-0842
Lauren Townsend 215-939-7621
CAREgivers Film Underscores Importance of #NationalCaregiversDay
Documentary explores the effects of secondary trauma on professional caregivers
Philadelphia – #NationalCaregiversDay is tomorrow, February 17th. It was begun in an effort to draw attention to, and honor, the health care professionals that serve those who require long-term or hospice care.
“Caregivers who work in long-term and hospice care are vital,” said Vic Compher co-producer of Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion. Their Pain. “I hope that people take the time to thank not just long-term and hospice care workers, but professional caregivers of all types.
“The work of professional caregivers is demanding. So much so, that they can be traumatized by the things they see, hear, and experience at work. We need to step up and encourage employers to put systems in place to help our helpers.
“We hope that in celebration of #NationalCaregiversDay folks will take advantage of our VOD options that allow individuals to stream the film for 24 hours,” said Compher
Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain is an award winning documentary film about the impact of vicarious trauma and how to promote staff resiliency. It is directed and co-produced by filmmaker and licensed clinical social worker, Vic Compher, and Emmy award winning composer and filmmaker, Rodney Whittenberg.
The CAREgivers film examines how vicarious trauma, also known as secondary traumatic stress or compassion fatigue may affect any individual who provides care to traumatized or suffering people. The impact of secondary traumatic stress is shown through a series of dramatic first person stories that depict both the professionals’ struggles and their resilience.