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Françoise Mathieu

Executive Director, TEND

Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Secondary Trauma, Stress, Mental Health


The Edge of Compassion Françoise Mathieu TEDxQueensU

For the past 15 years, Secondary Trauma specialist and compassion fatigue educator Françoise Mathieu has been exploring tools to help all of us navigate the challenges of sustaining compassion and empathy towards others - both as individuals and professionals. This talk explores ways to find the right balance between caring for others while staying healthy and empathic.

One in Ten by the National Children's AllianceRadio/Podcast


Engaging the brightest minds working to solve one of the world's toughest challenges—child abuse. Join us for one-on-one conversations with leading experts on science, law, medicine, morality, and messaging.

We know that compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and burnout can take a heavy toll on people in the field of child protection. Children’s Advocacy Center staff, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical providers, case workers, and others deal with this every single day. How do we stay hopeful and resilient in the face of such suffering? We invited Françoise Mathieu to discuss how child advocacy professionals can protect ourselves and our colleagues as we deal with cases of horrific child abuse.

Lethbridge Institute of Family TherapyRadio/Podcast


Having compassion and being a shoulder to lean on takes a lot of energy and can result in helping professionals needing a lot of help themselves. Zac sit's down with Psychotherapist Francoise Mathieu to tackle the somewhat recent field of compassion fatigue and why it's so vital for helping professionals, first responders, military personnel, and more.

CBC RadioRadio/Podcast


Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with mental health counselor Francoise Mathieu, who counsels health-care workers who are stressed out, over-worked and burned out.

Witnesses say they are still struggling nearly 1 year since the deadly Toronto van attack

Training prevails during traumatic event in downtown Kingston

The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization
by Françoise Mathieu
January 1, 2012

The Compassion Fatigue Workbook is a lifeline for any helping professional facing the physical and emotional exhaustion that can shadow work in the helping professions.

Since 2001 the activities in this Workbook have helped thousands of helpers in the fields of healthcare, community mental health, correctional services, education, and the military.

In addition to a comprehensive description of compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, The Compassion Fatigue Workbook leads the reader through experiential activities designed to target specific areas in their personal and professional lives. It provides concrete strategies to help the reader develop a personalized plan for identifying and transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.

When the juggling act isnʼt working: Five key strategies to reduce compassion fatigue and burnout

by Mathieu, F.

Published by OBIA Review

December 1, 2019

Managing compassion fatigue, moral distress and burnout in a context of patient-centered care

by Mathieu, F., & McLean, L.

Published by Patient/Family Centered Care - Patient and Care Provider Considerations

Occupational hazards: Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout

by Mathieu, F.

Published by Canadian Nurse

June 1, 2014

Running on Empty: Compassion fatigue in health professionals

by Mathieu, F.

Published by Rehab & Community Care Medicine

January 1, 2007


Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC., RP, is the Executive Director of TEND, an organization that provides consulting and training to professionals on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health.

She is a Registered Psychotherapist and an expert on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. Her experience stems from over 20+ years as a mental health professional, working as a crisis counsellor and trauma specialist in university counselling, military, law enforcement, and other community mental health environments.

Since 2001, Mathieu has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma across North America to thousands of professionals in the fields of health care, mental health, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, military, human trafficking, child welfare and other similar high-stress, trauma-exposed professions.

She has presented as part of the Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference, the International Symposium on Child Abuse, the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Mathieu has worked with several agencies including the LAPD, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, the Chief Coroner’s Office of Ontario, the Los Angeles County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and many others who do high stress trauma exposed work.

Mathieu is one of the founding members of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium, author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012, and has written several articles and publications.


  • mental health
  • burnout
  • trauma
  • stress
  • compassion fatigue
  • secondary trauma

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