Charlene Richard

Charlene is a Clinical Social Worker providing mental health counseling for a Family Health Team in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and supports helping professionals move from Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Satisfaction through workshops, coaching and an online eCourse at

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    Standards of Self-Care Series 3 of 3

    In the final article in the series reviewing the Standards of Self-Care established by The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, we cover the section on Inventory of Self-Care Practices.  These practices fall into one of three categories; Personal, Social/Interpersonal and Professional. Personal self-care practices include both physical and psychological strategies.  These have been noted as […]

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    Standards of Self-Care for Helping Professionals Series 2 of 3

    In my last article, I introduced the Standards of Self-Care that were created by The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.  These standards are created for their members who work with people who have experienced trauma.  The purpose is to ensure that as a worker you “do no harm to yourself” and to ensure that you […]

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    The Standards of Self-Care (Part 1 of 3)

    When we talk about the ethical responsibility we have to take care of ourselves as helping professionals, we don’t necessarily think about a specific set of guidelines to follow.  In this article, we will take a look at the Ethical Principles of Self-Care as well as the Standards of Humane Practice of Self-Care. The Green […]