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Those of us who are drawn to advocacy and social service work tend to be values-driven and passionate about the people we serve. We are empathic and committed, and we yearn for justice. These qualities, which can make us effective agents of change and healing, can also make us vulnerable. The systems in which we work are often chronically underfunded and over-utilized. The problems we try to address are much bigger than we are. And our empathic openness can lead to secondary trauma. In this presentation, we will explore some of the reasons we are drawn to this work, what risks we face, and how we can tend the fire of vocation and purpose without burning out.
This session is brought to you through a partnership with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership - OpenRICE and United Way of Greater Houston.