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


Increased Resilience

Developing resilience through professional training and healthy working conditions can buffer workers from emotional exhaustion and improves their overall well-being, protecting them from the predictable risks of ongoing stress, empathic distress, and 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, apathy, and low morale, limiting the ability to work effectively and efficiently. Tackle this head on with increased training and support to ensure your organization meets its mission.  

Humane Culture

It's time to extend our circle of compassion to include the people who do this challenging work! Create a culture that values the humans who make the mission possible and help them develop new skills that enhance well-being, improve communication, fosters hope, and builds trust and supportive relationships at all levels. 

Have You Been Wondering? 

  • How can we help our staff learn to manage stress and cope with the difficult emotions of the work?
  • What can we do to promote a healthy work-life balance, so our people don't burnout?
  • How can our managers learn to care for themselves, so they have the capacity (and skills) to support their teams?
  • Do we need to address trauma in our organization?
  • How can we reduce negativity and help our staff feel re-energized about the work?¬†

The Compassion in Balance Program can help. 

You can be well, while you do good!


Hi, I'm Jessica, and I've been supporting animal welfare and care professionals for over a decade.


I offer unique, online education so that you and your staff can be well while you engage in high stress, trauma-exposed work.


Meet Jessica

Tackling Compassion Fatigue and Complex-Stress Isn’t Easy, But Organizations Can't Afford to Ignore This Issue.


Trauma-exposed work creates a unique environment with an increased risk for serious stress and burnout. This can lead to increased sick time, low morale, lack of team cohesion, and high turnover all of which will limit a team’s ability to work effectively and efficiently.

This reduces the organization’s ability to achieve their mission.

Symptoms of organizational compassion fatigue include:

  • High absenteeism and turnover
  • Excessive numbers of workers' compensation claims
  • Reluctance to change
  • Rampant rumors and gossip
  • Aggression among staff members
  • Apathy and incomplete work
  • Reactivity and inappropriate outbursts

Animal welfare professionals are particularly susceptible to secondary traumatic stress because of the vulnerable nature of the animals they care for, the high volume and unpredictable nature of their jobs, and their relative lack of psychological protection.

The first step to address this challenge is to understand the impact of ongoing high stress and trauma exposure on your staff and intentionally build resiliency into the workforce through preventative and ongoing support.

The CiB Program and Resources are here to help. 

Support For Every Organization

There are three education options:

Free Resources


Access articles, provider suggestions, Stress First Aid materials, and more!


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Live Webinars


Schedule a live, online webinar or workshop for your organization


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The Compassion in Balance Program


Year-round access to compassion fatigue education for your organization or group


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‚ÄúIt's important to counterbalance the intensity of the work you do.‚ÄĚ

- John Wilson

Looking for Individual Support? 

Join CiB founder Jessica Dolce in Compassion Fatigue Strategies, Plus! an 8 week online course with UFL's Shelter Medicine Program!

Learn More About Compassion Fatigue Strategies, Plus!