Resilience Strategist

Consistently top rated 
by attendees managing job stress 
while helping those facing life's challenges 


Barbara's programs guarantee your event's success. 
Here is what attendees are saying . . .

"Thank you for your presentation at the Blaustein Pain Grand Rounds entitled “Preventing Compassion Fatigue While Providing Compassionate Care”. You did a superb job! I believe you sensed the rapt attention of the audience and clearly your talk touched their hearts and minds. This was an extraordinarily important topic and your talk gave us a moment to reflect on our roles in helping patients with vital issues in their lives. I believe your talk brought about a renewal of energy and a more healthy regard for what we are able to do with our patients."

–James N. Campbell, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Baltimore, MD

"Thank you again for giving a presentation at the Supportive and Palliative Care Conference yesterday. Your presentation was very well received. I hope we will cross paths again in the near future."

–Rudolph M. Navari, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Notre Dame Cancer Institute, University of Notre Dame

"As Senior Producer of Real Life with Mary Amoroso, I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Barbara Rubel for 5 years. When she first appeared on the show, she had the singularly difficult challenge of talking about the suicide of her father while she was pregnant with triplets. We are always amazed at how Barbara’s television presence makes viewers comfortable enough to share their stories of love and loss and often their tears. We at Real Life can say with certainty that Barbara Rubel makes a difference in our viewers lives and helps them cope with the real sadness and depression of losing a loved one."

–Lisa Spagnuolo, Senior Producer, Real Life with Mary Amoroso, Union, NJ

"Your skill and expertise in facilitating the online discussion was much appreciated. . . Your enthusiasm and ability to motivate the field has added value to the forum and has significantly increased dialogue on victims."

–John Gillis, Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Washington, D.C.

"On behalf of the entire staff at CME LLC, I would like to thank you for participating in the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress. Your contribution was greatly appreciated and added greatly to the success of the conference."

–Carol R. Duba, BSN, RN, MA, Manager, Clinical Programming, US Psychiatric & Mental Health Congress

"On behalf of the National Association of Social Worker's, Wisconsin Chapter, I want to thank you for your workshop, PTSD in Abused Mothers and Compassion Fatigue at our 2008 conference. Outstanding job! a few comments from participants, "A lot of fun and informative" "Her humor is super" "Great wealth of information" "Would be fabulous keynote on a variety of topics she's skilled in."

–Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW, Executive Director, NASW WI Chapter

"On behalf of the New York Chapter ACEP’S Education Committee and Board of Directors, I want to personally thank you for your contribution to the Practice Management Symposium. The success of this symposium is directly related to our ability to attract nationally recognized faculty, such as yourself. Your lecture was an integral part of the total education experience."

–Joseph P. Markham, MD FACEP, New York Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians

"Your General Session program was the most talked about one of the entire 2007 National Conference in Las Vegas."

–Ron Romano, Director of Operations and Professional Services, National Assisted Living Nurses Association, NADONA/LTC.

"Barbara, only compassion hearts change the world and yours is one."

- Paul Quinnett, Ph.D., President and CEO, The QPR Institute, Inc., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine

"We are so fortunate that we received a speaker like yourself! So many people still talk about your presentation and actually suggested that we should provide fidgets like in your workshop." 

-Cynthia Tobin, Project Specialist, South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

"On behalf of Nebraska Health Care Association, thank you for traveling to Nebraska and sharing you vast knowledge."

–Connie Wagner, Director or Education and Health Services, NHCA

"Thank you for your outstanding presentation at our 2008 Annual Nurse Leadership Conference. Over 200 nurses and administrators were gracious in their evaluation comments . . . Your enthusiasm for long term care and the sharing of best practices and personal stories were highlighted remarks by many attendees."

–LuMarie Polivka-West, Sr. Vice President & Chief of Clinical Services, Florida Health Care Association

"Thank you again for your wonderful presentation at The Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital. I gained many new and valuable insights from your analysis of traumatic grief and loss."

–Roger Borichewski, MSW, LCSW, Director of Social Services, State of New Jersey – Division of Mental Health Services

"Thank you for agreeing to speak at our annual spring conference in Destin Fl. It was the highlight of the conference for many attendees."

–Alicia E. Hall, RN, MA, Executive Director, Alabama Psychiatric Society

Thank you for a truly memorable keynote at our 29th annual COVA conference. The toys were a hit and attendees left with much needed tools to improve their wellness.
-Nancy Lewis, Executive Directive COVA, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

“You are a wonderful speaker, instructor, motivator that brings your educational, personal and work experience into the workshop. You are one of my mentors in suicide prevention as well as bereavement. I think it would be a wonderful learning experience if one day I could job shadow you on some of your work so that I could add to my suicide prevention and bereavement tool kit.”

-Larry McNabb, MRC, CRC Kentucky Office for the Blind, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer, GriefShare Facilitator


"Thank you for your wonderful presentation at the NY State Adult Abuse Training Institute. Your presentation on worker resiliency was stimulating and enlightening. I can't count the number of times that an attendee told me how much they enjoyed you and your presentation."

–Geoff Rogers, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity, Hunter College, City of NY

"Barbara speaks with compassion, energy and humor. If you are interested in a refreshing change from the usual presentations, Barbara is certainly worth considering."

–Mass Bay Chapter, American Nephrology Nurses Association

"Barbara is, well, FABULOUS! She was able to tailor a program to fit our time limitations and specific needs. Her enthusiasm is contagious and every one of the attendees raved about her her compassion and wit. I have yet to interact with a presenter who is willing to do more and be more flexible than Barbara. It was simply a wonderful and meaningful two day event which we hope to host again soon."
 
-Chaplain Danny L. Tomlinson, McLane Children's Hospital, Temple, TX

"In the 5 years that we have been doing the Annual Virginia Harkness Sawtelle Lecture at Mountainside, you are absolutely the best. Thank you. We got the biggest attendance and the most positive response. Everyone simply enjoyed your presentation. The doctors who did not get copies of the handouts are demanding them. Again, please accept my most sincere appreciation."

-Jose P. Barba, M.D., Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, HackensackUMC Mountaside  

"I would like to tell you what a great seminar you gave at the St. John Neumann’s Center for the Diocese of Metuchen. Not only are you well educated in your material, but you present it in such an interesting and down to earth manner."

–Donna J. Weber, St. Thomas of the Apostle, Old Bridge, NJ

"I must tell you, in all sincerity, that of all the workshops I have attended, yours was by far, the one that most impressed me. Your knowledge coupled with your varied experiences makes you an outstanding presenter. What sets you far and above others is your rare gift of being able to develop such a high degree of rapport with your audience. Few speakers ever achieve this level."

–Gwen Louise Bates, Bereavement Counselor, St. John’s Hospicecare, Springfield, MO

"Your evaluations are PHENOMENAL! Thank you for being such a great asset to our Mesilla Valley Hospice Annual Conference. So many of the evaluations say "best conference yet!" We are very grateful to have had you present. I also can't tell you how much we appreciated having you not only do the keynote presentation but the two breakout sessions, as well. No other keynote has ever offered that for us and we know the information you shared was so incredibly valuable."

–April T. Anaya, Marketing Coordinator, Mesilla Valley Hospice, Las Cruces, NM

"Your workshop day was absolutely the most fulfilling and special event we could have hoped for. You demonstrate the valuable compassion that drives such dedication."

–Catherine Vestraci, RN, Hospice of Charles County, Inc.

"The information you provided was so valuable. We thank you for your dedication and service to this organization . . . it was such a joy to have you speak as one of our faculty members."

–Alabama Psychiatric Society

"Thank you for your participation in our Annual Convention & Trade Show. The event was a great success and largely due to your excellent presentation! Our members are tough critics but we heard so many positive remarks."

–Melodie Van Doren, Associate Director of ALF/RCF Services, Oregon Health Care Association

"Our attendees at the 10th Annual Wyoming Victim Services Conference are just raving about how much fun your presentation was . . . Thank you for making our conference a success."

–Brandy Finley, Wyoming Office of the Attorney General

"Thank you for your wonderful presentation to our Bereavement Facilitators at our Bereavement Enrichment Program. The delicate manner in which you handled such a very difficult topic was very special.”

–Ingrid Seunarine, Director, Bereavement Services, Bereavement Ministry , Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens, NY

"Phenomenal speaker . . . Your session was extremely well received by our attendees with a perfect score of 5 out of 5, with 5 meaning excellent. . . Great presentation . . . so appreciated your sense of humor."

–The ICCA Steering Committee, Indiana Collaborate Conference on Aging, IN

"I have heard so many positive comments on your presentation at Cox Health. The staff that attended felt that the program was of great benefit, both personally and professionally."

–Susan Sloan, RNC, BSN, HNC, Clinical Educator, Cox Health

"Your 6-hour program engaged the audience, provided a tremendous amount of useful information as well as ideas, and left participants wanting more. You are such a talented instructor with an energy level that is contagious!"

–Lynne Weinberg, LCSW, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern Arizona, Inc.

"Take a bow. Your presentation helped make our Bereavement Conference a day to remember!"

–Elaine E. Stillwell, Bereavement Coordinator, Office of Laity and Family, Diocese of Rockville Ctr., NY

"Thank you on behalf of the all the staff and students that attended your presentation. The information given was so valuable and pertinent."

–Nan Hawley, San Antonio Community Hospital, Patient Services, Upland, CA

"Thank you so much for coming the Keene to share your experiences with us and teach us how to better help those that we serve."

–The Samaritans, Inc., Keene, NH

"I want to thank you for presenting at the First Annual Symposium on Crisis Intervention: New Directions in Crisis Intervention. It was a smashing success!"

–Justin Stapleton, MS, Training Director, CRS Division, Affiliated Sante Group, Baltimore, MD

"The emotions started flowing with your first sentence. It’s hard to describe, it produced almost a cleansing feeling. You pushed us to depths we were resistant to. . . Attendees called today to tell me how much they loved your presentation and you as an individual. I’ve never had this happen after a seminar!"

–Jean Cahill, Chapter President, Mass Bay ANNA

"Thank you for being part of our 12th Statewide Conference. You touched so many during this visit to WV and I want you to know how grateful we are to know you."

Brandy A. Blankenship, MA, NAMI Southern West Virginia

"Thank you for your excellent presentation. I was particularly impressed with your observations regarding viewing of the deceased by loved ones following a traumatic death. So many times, professional health care workers try to shield survivors from this very important process. Although the death of your father is something that you would take back in a heartbeat, look how you have grown in understanding and assisting others facing death in their lives."

–Everett H. Bain, Mortician, Deputy Coroner – Chippewar Co., MN

"I would like to extend our greatest appreciation for your outstanding program. I’ve been told by an overwhelming number of people just how amazing they thought your workshop was. The day would not have been as successful without your workshop. It was lively, entertaining, informative, and extremely well received by the group."

–Stacy Molinari, RD, Chairperson, Council of Renal Nutrition of Long Island

"Thank you for your participation in our continuing education program. Your two excellent presentations drew our largest audience to date."

–Scarlett Donnarumma, RDH, Activity Director, Department of Allied Dental Education, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

"I was at your presentation in Green Bay on Friday and I must say in the 17 years I've been a social worker attending conferences, yours was by far the best one I've ever attended.  I truly enjoyed your style of presentation.  Talking about death, dying and the impact on loved ones and our role is not a light topic.  I really like how you presented the information and incorporated activities for the audience.  I'm not one that enjoys group activities when I attend conferences, but I did enjoy myself yesterday.  I will definitely use the material I learned for my own growth, but also to the student social workers that I teach.  I have two "roles".  I'm an oncology social worker and also an instructor in the Social Work program at UW-Oshkosh.  I also facilitate a group for ladies surviving breast cancer...Thank you for an excellent conference yesterday, I truly enjoyed myself and learned a little in the process!"
 
-Colleen Hansen, MSW, Thedacare Martha Siekman Cancer Center

"Thank you for your outstanding program at the Professional Women’s Conference in Toronto. Based on the evaluation results, your presentation contributed to the conference’s overwhelming success."

–Sandra Jeske, CPS, Education Specialist, Funeral Service Foundation, Brookfield, WI

"I attended your “Compassion Fatigue” workshop this morning and would like to thank you for an insightful and inspiring presentation. Thank you for all you shared."

–Lucille H. Deutsch, CALA, LLC, Eldercare Consultant and Advisor

"I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your presentation on “Suicide” at our Annual Guidance Counselor Conference. The counselors attending your sessions were rewarded with a workshop presentation that was informative and relevant to their daily work experience."

–Raul Arroyo, Director of Student Guidance Services, Board of Education of the City of NY

"On behalf of the TX Dept. of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division we would like to thank you for presenting at the 16th Annual Texas Crime Victims Clearinghouse Conference. The information and instruction you provided during the conference were invaluable."

–Cindy Still, Convention Service Manager, Mary Garrett & Associates, Professional Meeting Planners, Corpus Christi, TX

"I am finally going to have a dream come true! After doing hospice bereavement work and suicide prevention and working with radio stations, I will have my own radio show in Minnesota. I’m hoping Alan Wolfelt and Barbara Rubel will be open to being guests."

–Carolyn Carlson, Linder Radio

"Thank you for your recent presentation at the Annual Conference. We truly value your contribution to the profession of social work."

–LaTesha S. Holmes, Coordinator, Continuing Ed., Annual Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, NJ Chapter

"The evaluations we received for your sessions were uniformly excellent. Our members commented both on your content and your speaking style. You really connected with them, and engaged them."

–Carol L. Karl, Assistant Director for Government Relations, Consultant, Dept. of Pupil Services, Pennsylvania State Education Association

"Your expertise and compassion about loss, grief, and bereavement really shined in your ability to convey information on a difficult topic with such ease, empathy, and honesty. Your use of humor was enlightening and welcoming and you truly connected with the staff. This was a rare opportunity for our staff to experience a presenter of your caliber in action."

–Kimberly M. Ewell, MA, Director of Administrative Services, Triple C Housing, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ

"Made quite an EXCELLENT impression on the audience . . . Thank you for sharing your time, knowledge, and wisdom!"

–Jose Juan Lara, Jr., MA, CHW, Director of Legal Services, Family Crisis Center, Inc., Harlingen, TX

"Office of the Attorney General and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet are extremely grateful for your participation in the Kentucky Victims Assistance Conference. It was a tremendous success."

–Lana Grandon, Victims Advocacy Division / Office of the Attorney General, KY

"Her knowledge and expertise during the Plenary at the NY State Nurses Association Annual Convention was quite a success."

–Ellen Ellis, PhD, Associate Director, NY State Nurses Association

"Thank you for your excellent presentation at our Spring/Annual meeting. A review of the evaluations indicate that your presentations greatly contributed to the success of this meeting. I very much enjoyed Ms. Rubel attending to people issues, not just medical issues is priceless."

–Janet Shaw, Executive Director, Ohio Psychiatric Association, A District of the American Psychiatric Association

"On behalf of the NY State Office of Children and Family Services and Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity, thank you for your wonderful presentation at the NY State Adult Abuse Training Institute. Your presentation on worker resiliency was stimulating and enlightening. I can't count the number of times that an attendee told me how they enjoyed you and your presentation."

–Geoff Rogers, Acting Director of Training, Hunter College, The City University of NY

"Numerous comments like, 'Bring Barbara Back' and 'Great information presented during the sessions, especially Barbara and Compassion Fatigue.' All your topics were valuable and I heard from many attendees how much they appreciated YOU!"

–Linda Williams, Main Youth Suicide Prevention

"We want to thank you for your inspiring keynote address."

–Janice Ventre, Division of Public Health, Suicide Prevention Program, MA Dept. of Public Health

"My group of 40 or so hospice chaplains, social workers and grief counselors really loved the material and the down to earth,engaging way you presented it. Your tools were excellent. Keep up the wonderful work you do! One of them said it was her favorite ADEC webinar this year (and we see 90% of them) since it spoke right to where she was that day. She said to me that she thought our hospice should show it to staff every six months to remind them about self-care. The section of the ethics of self-care drew several comments. I think it brought home that self-care is a professional competency and not just a self-focused activity."  -Kathy Kramer-Howe, LCSW, Bereavement Team Leader

  


"Thank you for your presentation. Not only was the information helpful (and I've been a therapist for 18 years) but also touching and entertaining. I actually will use some of the tools you provided and can say I learned something new."

-Debbie B., Clinical Care Coordinator

"On behalf of the many sponsors of the recent Grief Support Symposium at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, I would like to thank you for your invaluable support as the Keynote Speaker. We truly appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and expertise and provide compassionate grief support to those in attendance. More than 250 people attended this unique event and the evaluations received were overwhelmingly positive."
 
-Karen Salm, Director of Community Outreach, Wichmann Funeral Home, Appleton, WI
 

"On behalf of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, I would like to thank you for your participation at the 11th Annual Victim/Witness Assistance Seminar Training in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to the evaluations, you played a significant role in making this program a success.  Thank you for going above and beyond your job requirements and helping others improve victim / witness assistance awareness."
- Roxanne M. Barrios, Assistance Director, LA District Attorneys Association

"You are excellent at what you do and this was evident from the evaluations we received."

-Sonya M. Johnson, Director Education & Outreach, Kansas Attorney General's office

"It was such a pleasure to meet you, and I've heard nothing but rave reviews from your workshops. I do hope you will come back and join us in the future."

-Camala C. Wyatt, Special Assistant Attorney General, Director, Prosecutor Training Div., Jackson, MS

"Thank you for your time and effort in presenting the education program on “Understanding and Addressing Provider Fatigue” at our facility. Your presentation was very well received by our physicians and providers. We had excellent attendance and very good feedback regarding your program. We appreciate that you provided us with handouts and worksheets as this additional information will be a good resource for our providers. Thank you again for sharing this special presentation with us." 

–Laurel Wise, CPCS, CPMSM, Medical Staff Services, Ministry Door County Medical Ctr, Sturgeon Bay, WI

"Panelist, Barbara Rubel, inspired me and educated me at the same time. Great event!"