Human services professionals have a passion in helping others—they are patient, caring, empathic. Because empathy and compassion are demanded of them daily, many can experience compassion fatigue when dealing with heavy workloads, excessive demands, and long work hours.
Drawing on his own extensive background in human services, Tim Gard has developed a specific workshop on dealing with compassion fatigue for those in the profession. Tim is passionate about helping them to be able to burn bright and not burn out so they can keep doing “that voodoo they do so well!”
One of the best defenses to burnout, fatigue, or any stressor is early prevention. Stress is an inevitable part of all jobs. This has never been truer with service-oriented careers in today’s world.
Before Tim Gard became the funny guy on stage spreading the benefits of laughter, he worked in human services. He’s been an eligibility caseworker, an eligibility investigator, and then a management analyst with USDA Food and Nutrition Services, Mountain Plains Region. He determined eligibility for human services programs, investigated program abuse for those same programs, and then worked to oversee those same programs at a federal level.
It was while working with the Montana Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services that Tim began to develop training to help fellow eligibility workers deal with stress, team development, compassion fatigue, and burnout inherent to their jobs. He discovered in those early training sessions that sharing his own good humor and enabling the group to develop a Comic Vision™ of their own proved to be a very effective and fun way for people to deal with, and even avoid, the sometimes intense personal and professional stress most people encounter every day. He later was the sole source of research and development, author, and presenter of several workshops designed specifically for social services groups on such topics as “How to Deal with Welfare Fraud Personally and Professionally,” “Interviewing Techniques,” and “Field Interviews/Home Visits.”
Tim has spoken at over 2,000 conferences worldwide. More importantly, he has been a keynote speaker and has held workshops for several human services events, including:
He is one of the few professional speakers on the planet who has such an extensive background in human services, including WIC. When human services conferences need workshops, keynotes, and/or team development training, Tim Gard is their first choice.