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Brent Pace - Compassion or Empathy Fatigue and Mind-Body Medicine

  • Southworth Hall 116 West Center Street Provo, UT, 84601 United States (map)

Main Talk: Brent Pace - Compassion or Empathy Fatigue and Mind-Body Medicine

About Brent Pace, LCSW

Brent Pace is a Clinical Social Worker who has worked as a psychotherapist for 17 years. 

He specializes in working with survivors of complex trauma as well as those in recovery from sexual, organizational, religious, and intergenerational abuse. He specializes in working with LGBTQ clients. He has been specialized training in mind-body skills with certification through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in French from BYU and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. He is currently in Private Practice in Salt Lake City and will be the Clinical Director at the new Encircle House when it opens in Salt Lake this summer.

Compassion or Empathy Fatigue and Mind-Body Medicine

Brent will speak about his experiences working with severely traumatized refugees and asylum seekers. He will speak about the secondary traumatic stress that he was subject to, also called “compassion or empathy fatigue” after doing that kind of work for eight years. Compassion fatigue can afflict anyone who cares for someone who is ill or has a family member or friend who has been traumatized, is the victim of systematic oppression by society and its organizations (including religions) or has been the victim of bullying. We as family members, friends, and caregivers are often the last ones to realize the effects of compassion fatigue, which include symptoms of depression and PTSD, feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness, and sometimes even thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Brent will present on how to intervene with mindfulness presence, diaphragmatic breathing and simple meditation to heal oneself from this condition and hopefully protect ourselves from developing it in the first place. Everyone can benefit from the simple exercises taught during this presentation


Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.
Meeting begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. with live music.
Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome!
Bring some food to share if you’d like.



Southworth Hall, 116 W Center Street in Provo


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