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How to Address Your Compassion Fatigue

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Angela D. Diver, LISW, LICDC, Executive Director of Reach EAP shares her expertise on how to address compassion fatigue.

Compassion Fatigue is a term that many of us have heard and usually associate with helping professions.  This can include healthcare workers, those in social services, behavioral health specialists and educators who often choose their profession because they want to help people. But exposure to the trauma and suffering of others on a regular basis can have a deep impact on these workers. “Compassion fatigue” is a response to the stress of caring for people at times of crisis and is often referred to as the cost of caring.

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6 Tips To Staying Active In The Fall

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Summer may seem as an ideal time to work on your physical health; the warm weather makes even chores such as walking the dog, taking the kids to practice, or yard work feel like an enjoyable physical task. The summer season makes the incentive to get health conscious convenient. Sadly, summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner as we welcome a crisp chill in the air. Just because the leaves are falling doesn’t mean your level of dedication to fitness has to fall as well. We’ve compiled some tips on how to keep up your physical activity this fall. Continue reading

Spotlight on Five Reasons for an EAP

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It’s inevitable that your employees will encounter a serious personal problem over the course of their time with your organization. It could be issues like financial strain, divorce or care giving for an elderly parent. Sometimes it is easy for a manager to get pulled into the personal problem, but there are professionals who are trained to talk about these issues and ultimately, give employees a way to cope with the challenges that can have a negative impact on their job performance. Continue reading

How to Ease the Transition to College

As I prepare to send my last high school graduate to college, I have been considering the issues related to the move up from high school to college and its unique stressors.

The transition from high school to college entails many changes and is often stressful for both students and parents. Students are facing significant changes in their lives, with a new sense of autonomy and freedom to make their own choices. Parents may feel their guidance and ability to help their child develop into better decision makers are diminished. They may have concerns about the student’s living situation, activities away from home, safety and personal well-being.

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How to Cope with a Natural Disaster

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Natural disasters are an unfortunate reminder of Mother Nature’s power. From hurricanes, blizzards, thunderstorms, forest fires and tornadoes, these disasters leave a physical and mental impact on all individuals involved.  Most disasters leave a clear path of physical destruction, which can take years to repair. Sadly, some disasters can lead to loss of life or physical injury, which certainly take an emotional toll on the community and family involved.

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