Let's Practice Compassionate Badassery Together

Compassion fatigue education and resilience training programs for individuals and organizations who work and volunteer with animals, led by Jessica Dolce, MS CCFE


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The Compassion in Balance Program: Online Education To Help Your Staff Thrive In Trauma-Exposed Work

Animal welfare professionals are particularly susceptible to secondary traumatic stress because of the vulnerable nature of the animals they care for and the unpredictable nature of their jobs. When staff are suffering, this lessens the organization’s ability to achieve their mission. The Compassion in Balance program is here to help.

Increased Resilience

Developing resilience through professional training can buffer workers from emotional exhaustion and improves their overall well-being, protecting them from the predictable risks of secondary traumatic stress on the job.   

Improved Performance

When complex-stress and trauma-exposure go unaddressed within an organization, it can contribute to high turnover, lack of engagement, and low morale, which limits the ability to work effectively and efficiently.  Tackle it head on to improve quality of care and impact. 

Thriving Culture

Create a shared understanding and new skills that will enhance well-being, improve communication, foster employee engagement, build trust across all levels, and supportive relationships among teams. 

"Compassion in Balance has helped me tremendously. I was on the verge of quitting mid to end of last year and I feel like I’m finally in a better place now. We’ve had compassion fatigue training before, but none of it really focused on working with animals and it didn’t really make sense. You’ve bridged the gap for me and I truly appreciate it!” "

Megan S.
Volunteer Coordinator, Animal Shelter

The Compassionate Badassery Lab

A New Monthly Membership Community for Individuals!


Participate in a live monthly webinar where you'll learn how to make courageous, compassionate choices to help you feel more energized and joyful as you keep working to make the world a better place for animals and people.


Be a part of a caring community, so that you can keep connected, learning, and laughing, even when times are challenging (or you're in physical isolation).


With structure and support, you'll make consistent, sustained changes over time so that you can stress less and reconnect with the meaningful work you do!

"Working with animals, it's not always easy to find someone who "gets" it - what it's like to work with animals, to be a caretaker, trainer, shelter provider, etc. Jessica gets it, and added to that she is just so easy to relate to. The material she provides is easy to understand, and easy to remember - Each week I learn at LEAST a few new skills that I can both utilize myself, and talk to my team members about. We have the Compassionate Badassery Manifesto hanging in our office, and it reminds us why we are doing this, and that we need to care for ourselves in order to best care for each other. I highly recommend Jessica and her courses - you won't be disappointed!!"

Stacy M.
RVT, Animal Shelter

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Contact: Jessica Dolce

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“Jessica has a unique ability to combine evidenced-based practices and important theoretical frameworks with the front-line needs of employees and management. She infused everything she does with a sense of curiosity, empathy, and expertise. The value she added to our organization has made her one of the most respected experts in the field of workplace stress, compassion fatigue, and self-care. She is my go to resource.” ― Nathan Brisby, ASPCA Learning & Development


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