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“One of my greatest joys is to inspire first responders and community service providers to handle compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, moral injury, and vicarious trauma”

Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, DAAETS

From Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Satisfaction

Barbara Rubel is a leading authority on secondary traumatic stress, moral injury, and vicarious trauma. First responder and community service provider mental health is the foundation of vicarious trauma-informed practices.


As a dynamic keynote speaker and trainer, Barbara motivates trauma-informed professionals to manage trauma-related employment stress and build their resilience.
Barbara Rubel provides actionable and doable takeaways in her keynotes and trainings for creating a vicarious trauma-informed workplace.
Barbara Rubel shares her successful strategies to manage empathic strain, compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary trauma and vicarious trauma through her keynotes and interactive workshops.
Barbara's unique experience as a thanatologist, makes her a knowledgeable speaker about the impact of COVID, loss and turnover in trauma-informed workplaces.
For over twenty years, Barbara has been rated the top First Responder Mental Health Speaker


First responders and community service providers can experience vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and moral injury. Vicarious trauma-informed practices are paramount in supporting them. Barbara’s FABULOUS framework is an acronym that focuses on resilience, well-being and putting character strengths into practice. At the conclusion of her interactive program, participants will identify evidence-based practices to managing trauma-related employment stress.


Barbara Rubel, keynote speaker and author, was accepted into Newsweek Expert Forum, an invitation-only community for pioneering thinkers and industry leaders.

Barbara Rubel was hand-selected to join the community based on her proven expertise in compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. As a member, Barbara was part of a curated network of thought leaders from a broad range of influential industries and professions who share unique insights and analysis with one another and publish thought-provoking content.

Scott Gerber, founder of Newsweek Expert Forum, says, “We are honored to accept Barbara Rubel into the Newsweek Expert Forum. When experts gather in curated, private settings, they can share advice and build trusted relationships that further their mutual success. Barbara brings important insights for leaders who want to create employee wellbeing and resilience to this community.”


Announcing the Winner of the GHP Mental Health Awards

Barbara Rubel – Vicarious Trauma Keynote Speaker
Essential Worker Mental Health Thought – Leader of the Year 2022

About Barbara

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, MAManager, US Psychiatric & Mental Health Congress

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 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

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 LewisExecutive Directive COVA, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

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

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 FinleyWyoming Office of the Attorney General

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, MAExecutive Director, Alabama Psychiatric Society

Barbara’s Work Has Been Featured In

Watch “Compassion Fatigue: 8 Strengths that Build Coping Skills”