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Great Timing for Thanksgiving and the Holidays!

CAREgivers film project is very pleased to have received grants/ donations this fall from The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/ PA Council of the Arts, Philadelphia Electric Company, The Scattergood Foundation, and the CHG Charitable Trust. We are appreciative of this public recognition of our work and for the generous donations of a number of individuals […]

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Compassion Fatigue in Caring for Animals

Compassion fatigue can occur in many settings where thoughtful care is provided, whether to human patients or to animals. The following compelling article describes how CF is experienced in the context of veterinary services in Australia and elsewhere. http://www.smh.com.au/national/act-veterinarians-cracking-under-pressure-of-overwork-poor-pay-and-reduced-numbers-20141122-11rt3q.html “ACT veterinarians cracking under pressure of overwork, poor pay and reduced numbers www.smh.com.au After two attempted […]

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Courage, compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue in Liberia as professionals care for Ebola patients

Many examples of courage, of compassion satisfaction and secondary trauma. Check out this NY Times front page article and photos: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/31/world/africa/photos-of-workers-and-survivors-braving-ebola-at-a-clinic-in-liberia.html?ref=world&_r=0 Braving Ebola www.nytimes.com The men and women of one Ebola clinic in rural Liberia reflect on life inside the gates.

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Hospital ER Staff-Experiencing STS and Compassion Satisfaction

What is the experience of hospital emergency room personnel to the ongoing medical treatment they provide to trauma victims? The following very thoughtful article describes what CAREgivers film addresses as “secondary trauma” AND “compassion satisfaction”. Please let us know your response to this article from: http://www.theday.com/article/20141102/NWS01/311029941

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Watch video: Fighting Ebola, Street by Street

Ben C. Solomon has created a remarkable short video about an ambulance medic in Monrovia, Liberia, who is with others doing heroic work to try and save victims of Ebola. We experience in his video the secondary trauma of this dedicated medic and an awareness of the personal risks he is undertaking physically and emotionally. […]

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Contagious Stress and Secondary Traumatic Stress

Be sure to listen to Dr. Dan Gottlieb’s discussion “Voices in the Family” with 3 international experts on the topic of “contagious stress”. New studies about contagious stress would seem to resonate with our film’s depiction of “secondary traumatic stress” which is experienced by caregivers, in as much as empathy is the vehicle by which […]

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Primary and Secondary Trauma of Public Servants in Literature

How often does an author understand and depict primary and/or secondary traumatic stress of caregivers or public servants in literature or the media? Perhaps the public servants, including the cops and detectives, whom we like best are the ones whose human side are convincingly depicted. Following is a compelling quote from Henning Mankell’s novel SIDE-TRACKED […]

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PHYSICAL IMPACT STUDY UPON THE HEARTS OF FIREFIGHTERS

Among the wide variety of professionals who provide care to traumatized persons are our firefighters. CAREgivers film which is in post production addresses the emotional and sometimes serious physical impacts upon this group in interviews with Philadelphia’s former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and with officers and staff of the Fire Academy. A related article of […]

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SOCIAL WORKER MURDERED ON THE JOB BY DISTURBED OUTPATIENT

Whether they be police, firefighters, child welfare workers, clinical social workers or psychiatrists, there are at times life threatening risks which these people and other caregiving professionals may confront. Such is the tragic story of mental health social worker, Theresa Hunt (age 53), and psychiatrist Lee Silverman (age 52) who were both shot by a […]

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Appreciation to Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers shared a few months ago in an filmed interview for CAREGIVERS documentary his poignant personal and professional experiences with secondary trauma. His candid comments and perspectives as a front-line firefighter and as a commissioner enrich our story. We look forward to sharing segments of this interview with you at screenings […]

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