PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue and a Path to Wellness
Lead by Example
Juli Stratton, North Idaho Pride Alliance and PFLAG Idaho State Coordinator
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Whatever your role is in PFLAG, you have a helping role. The common denominators of all PFLAG leaders include commitment, compassion, and acts of caring. Compassion Fatigue is a common issue that natural helpers and PFLAG leaders experience. When compassion fatigue sneaks up on us and goes untreated, we can start down a destructive path for ourselves and for our organizations. Symptoms of compassion fatigue affect both individuals and the organizations in which they work. This workshop will look at the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue as well as the consequences. Through informal and interactive activities, participants will gain awareness of compassion fatigue in their lives and will and learn critical tools that will move them along the path to wellness.
After moving to North Idaho from Chicago, and out of a desperate need for a sense of belonging, Juli became the founding president of PFLAG Coeur d’Alene. Juli has since left PFLAG Coeur d'Alene chapter to follow her vision of developing full community inclusion for LGBTQ+ people in north Idaho. In 2016, Juli become the founder and executive Director for the North Idaho Pride Alliance. The North Idaho Pride Alliance is an organization of LGBTQ+ and Allied indiviuals and community groups working together to create a unified north Idaho through: networking, educating and advocating. Juli is the primary advocate and educator for the LGBT community in north Idaho, focusing on brining awareness of the LGBT experience, educating providers and developing bridges for LGBT people and resources. Juli also consults with groups on developing plans for “compassion in action” and building a greater sense of community. Additionaly, Juli serves as the PFLAG Idaho State Coordinator and Leadership Action Team Member for the Pride Foundation. Juli holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Community Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield.