Resilience Strategist

Keynotes, Workshops, Trainings

Book Barbara Rubel to Speak at Your Next Event

Phone: 732-422-0400





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.

Speaking Topics and Programs

    • Compassion Fatigue and FABULOUS Resiliency: using strengths to manage job burnout, secondary trauma and vicarious trauma
    • Grief in the Workplace: what EAPs and HR need to know 
    • Palette of Grief®:  a creative way to understand and manage grief reactions  
    • Start a Sudden-Loss Bereavement Group and Be the Facilitator Training
    • Victims Relation Training: managing vicarious trauma while supporting survivors of homicide and victims of crime
    • But I Didn't Say Goodbye: Suicide Postvention
    • Compassion Fatigue in Judges and Those Working in the Courts 

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

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!

What's it like to walk in your shoes?

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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 is a motivational program for helping professionals and victim services providers that is often the highlight of conferences and conventions. Although offered as a workshop or full-day training, as a closing general session, professionals leave the event on a high note. The FABULOUS Principle suggests eight pathways of self-care to counter compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious trauma. This program is designed to increase self-awareness of putting character strengths into practice to improve the ability to manage compassion fatigue and enhance resilience.


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 create a Palette of Grief®, an activity that visually captures emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and physical and spiritual reactions due to loss. The graphic image is designed to spur a deeper understanding of grief reactions. Gain insight about surviving and thriving! This is a great tool for clinicians to use with grieving 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

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. 

Compassion Fatigue 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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