Resilience Strategist

Keynotes, Workshops, Trainings

Book Barbara Rubel to Speak at Your Next Event

Phone: 732-422-0400







Barbara brings a humorous approach to her insightful presentations that draw upon a wealth of accredited research to create keynotes, closing general sessions, full-day trainings, and workshops. 

Speaking Topics and Programs

    • The FABUOUS Principle©: 8-step plan to manage job burnout, compassion faigue and vicarious trauma
    • Grief in the Workplace 
    • Palette of Grief®: Creatively understand reactions to loss 
    • Suicide Postvention 
    • Start a Sudden-Loss Bereavement Group and Be the Facilitator Training
    • Victims Relation Training: Managing Vicarious Trauma While Supporting Survivors of Homicide
    • But I Didn't Say Goodbye: How to Help Those Traumatically Bereaved 

Who Should Attend: Participants that are interested in learning about coping with life's challenges; managing burnout and compassion fatigue; and building their resilience 

Bring Barbara Rubel's Programs to Your Organization: 

  • On-Site Training Services: get the same high-quality learning experience that Barbara's keynotes and seminars are famous for. As an incredibly motivating expert trainer, your staff walks away with tools and strategies they can implement right away.

Ask Barbara about her FABULOUS general session closings!

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Barbara will assist you in understanding how to help your client cope with their loss so you can increase your impact as their coach.

Programs for Healthcare and Behavioral Health Professionals and Victim Services Professionals

The FABULOUS Principle This motivational program is often the highlight of conferences and conventions. As a closing general session, professionals leave the event on a high note. The eight core competencies of the FABULOUS Principle are (F)lexibility; (A)ttitude; (B)oundaries; (U)nderstand job satisfaction; (L)aughter: (Optimism); (U)nited; and (S)elf-compassion. This program is designed to increase self-awareness of skills and strengths that improve the ability to handle stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. If you are a helping professional or victims services provider that wants to learn how to use your strengths in the workplace or if you are a compassionate caregiver that is burning out, this program is for you.

This program can be adapted into an hourly workshop or full-day training.

Palette of Grief®

Palette of Grief®: How Reactions Overwhelm When Tragedy Strikes This program will help you understand and manage reactions to challenging life situations. During this workshop, attendees will create a Palette of Grief®, an activity that visually captures emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and physical and spiritual reactions due to difficult life events. The graphic image is designed to spur a deeper understanding of grief reactions. Gain insight about surviving and thriving! Helping professionals will learn tools they can use with clients and patients.

“I just wanted to let you know we used the palette of grief at our survivors group on Tuesday night. It was very well received. The one gentleman said he struggled with coming to group each time. His wife even said she was wondering whether group was helping or hurting. It definitely has stirred up feelings for him that he had buried. He said the palette helped him realize he is making progress. It was easy to see looking at what he wrote down. The others also learned a lot about the kind of griever they are and how far they have come. They said unanimously to keep it as part of the group and suggested that we “revisit” it down the road. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.” - Debbie Rueber, Survivors of Suicide Support Group, Kenosha County, WI

But I Didn't Say Goodbye:  Helping in the Aftermath of a Suicide Learn the steps to improve your compassionate communication skills when providing support to those whose lives have been shattered.  This program is designed for professionals who work with those bereaved by suicide. Review practical ways to help survivors of suicide manage loss, grief and stress. Recognize how character traits can contribute to or prevent complicated reactions to grief, and trauma. Understand the significance of meaning making, post traumatic growth and resilience to cope after a suicide. Walk away with tools and strategies to help families touched by tragic loss.

Preventing Compassion Fatigue in Victim Services Professionals In order to improve the quality of services provided to victims of crime and homicide, victim/witness professionals need to identify not only the primary trauma co-victims experience, but their own secondary trauma. This program explores how to provide a compassionate response to victims while preventing compassion fatigue. Victim advocacy and support to survivors of homicide can lead to stress. Gain an understanding of your level of vicarious trauma and how it is affecting your professional and personal life; help identify signs and symptoms of burnout, stress and vicarious trauma; and develop skills to help a self-care plan for dealing with vicarious trauma.

Supporting Survivors of Homicide/Co-victims This program is designed for attendees who work with homicide survivors/co-victims. Review practical ways to help individuals to survive homicide's aftermath, so they can focus on what is needed from them while they navigate the criminal justice system. Identify ways to instantly improve compassionate communication skills when working with co-victims by becoming comfortable listening to their narrative and being a part of their story. This program focuses on how not to become frustrated with challenging cases by understanding the emotional, cognitive, physical, behavioral and spiritual impact of the crime.

Sudden Loss Bereavement Support Groups: How to Start a Group and Be the Facilitator Are you ready to facilitate a sudden loss support group? This program will provide you with everything you need to know to plan, design, and structure a resilient bereavement support group after a suicide, homicide, accident or drug misuse death.  Be a facilitator who knows what to do with disruptive group members. 

Grief in the Workplace  Do you know how to build a resilient business while managing grief in the workplace? The key to preventing loss from having an impact on wellbeing and productivity is the collaboration between resilient human resource professionals, leaders, managers and employees. Review the role of an organizational planning group and the bereavement policy planning process for private employers or comprehensive workplace programs. Whether you are personally experiencing a loss, working with a bereaved person or managing a bereaved worker, this program will help you understand the needs of a compassionate workplace when tragedy strikes. 

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