Simon Fox’s shares his insights on successfully caring for others with compassion. During this talks Simon discusses how the future healthcare providers are being taught not only to care for the patient but to care for the patient with compassion that does not lead to burnout of fatigue. He shares his words of wisdom on how everyone caring for someone can do it with compassion by utilizing 4 tips that lead to compassion.
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Simon, with his wife Karen who founded the nonprofit, has built Adventures in Caring into a leader in teaching the art and practice of communicating compassion to those who are sick or injured. For 30 years they have cultivated compassion in health care, and have produced a replicable, skill-based model for teaching compassion, which is now used in hundreds of hospitals, hospices, and nursing schools.
At a local level, undergraduate students pursuing careers in health care volunteer through their service-learning program, Compassion in Action, and have made more than one million visits to befriend patients in hospitals in skilled nursing facilities, so that people did not have to face their illness or injury alone. President H.W. Bush recognized these efforts with his Point of Light Award in 1991.
Simon is co-author of the book, What Can I Say? A Guide To Visiting Friends and Family Who Are Ill and co-producer of five video-based training programs on compassion, including The Medicine of Compassion which won the 2004 International Health & Medical Media’s Award for the best video in patient care. Simon has served on the National Advisory Committee for the American Trauma Society and he produced its Second Trauma train-the-trainer program.
His most recent production addresses the topic of compassion fatigue. Oxygen for Caregivers is a toolkit for health care and emergency services professionals to guard against burnout, build resilience, and sustain compassion.
Simon is a native of Great Britain where he earned an honors degree in physics and geophysics from the University of Bath. He now lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Karen.
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