Resilience Strategist

Keynotes, Workshops, Trainings

Book Barbara Rubel to Speak at Your Next Event

Phone: 732-422-0400




As an incredibly motivating expert trainer, your staff walks away with tools and strategies they can implement right away.

  • Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma: eight characteristics of resilience

  • Vicarious Trauma in Judges and Those who Work in the Courts

  • Grief in the Workplace: what EAPs and HR need to know after sudden, traumatic death

  • Palette of Grief®: A creative way to support traumatically bereaved patients or clients

  • Supporting Bereaved Survivors of Homicide

  • Start a Sudden-Loss Bereavement Group and Be the Facilitator

  • But I Didn't Say Goodbye: What clinicians need to know about suicide postvention

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. 

Ask Barbara about her FABULOUS General Session Closings

Programs for Clinicians, Victim Services Professionals, and School District Staff

Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma: eight characteristics of resilience

This interactive program for clinicians and victim services providers is often the highlight of conferences. Although offered as a workshop or full-day training, as a closing general session, attendees leave your event on a high note. The FABULOUS Principle suggests eight characteristics of resilience to mitigate the impact of vicarious trauma. With a focus on job burnout, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, attendees will increase their awareness of putting their character strengths into practice to enhance personal resilience. 


Palette of Grief®: a creative way to support those who are traumatically bereaved 

This program will help you understand grief reactions after a suicde, homicide, drug misuse death or accident. Attendees create a Palette of Grief®, an activity that visually captures emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and physical and spiritual grief reactions. Although attendees gain insight about surviving and thriving, this is a great tool for clinicians to use with their bereaved and traumatized patients and clients.

“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

Job Burnout, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Vicarious Trauma in School District Staff

School districts are facing stressors that increase burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and vicarious trauma. School budgets, being bullied or threatened at work, and workplace conditions contribute to burnout. School districts are also managing secondary traumatic stress due to domestic violence, sexual assaults, suicides, homicides, and drug misuse deaths. Burnout and secondary traumatic stress are the elements of compassion fatigue. Being that those who work in the school system are compassionate and empathetic to students and parents, and fellow co-workers, they are at risk for vicarious trauma. Attendees may also be facing their own family crisis and loss. This program will help attendees manage the impact of vicarious trauma as well as learn valuable ways to manage crisis and loss in their personal lives.

But I Didn't Say Goodbye:  what clinicians need to know about suicide postvention 

This program is designed for professionals who work with those bereaved by suicide. Review the research on grief, bereavement and mourning and identify practical ways to help survivors of suicide loss manage their traumatic grief. 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.

Supporting Bereaved Survivors of Homicide 

This program is designed for attendees who work with homicide survivors. Review practical ways to help victims 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 communication skills when working with co-victims.   This program focuses on how not to become frustrated with challenging cases by understanding the impact of the crime through the lens of thanatology and criminolgy. 

Start a Sudden-Loss Bereavement Support Group and Be the Facilitator 
This half-day training program provides 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.  

Grief in the Workplace: what EAPs and HR need to know after sudden, traumatic death 

The key to preventing a death from having an impact on an employee's wellbeing is the collaboration between 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. 

Vicarious Trauma in Judges and Those Who Work in the Courts

Judges and those working in the courts are often exposed to traumatic material, stressful litigation, and highly emotional cases. They can be negatively impacted and experience burnout, compassion fatige, and vicarious trauma. During this program, you will identify eight self-care techniques to mitigate the impact of compassion fatigue and increase job satisfaction. The course will help judges, attorneys, court coordinators or others who work in the system, recognize character strengths, that when put into practice, help them build their resilince. If you want to increase your awareness and enhance your coping skills to improve your ability to handle burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, this interactive program is for you. 

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