Consistently top-rated by attendees managing burnout, compassion fatigue, or vicarious trauma
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Keynote Speaker Testimonials
Barbara was the perfect opener, but a hard one to follow.
The information she shared with us was invaluable to our work and was well balanced with humor, activities, and connection. My only wish with her would have been to have heard her speak longer.
She moved so many organizations by bringing awareness, research, and actual labels (vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, etc.) to what we have been feeling. By doing so, she opened doors for communication and gave our emotions validity and a safe space to land.
I will forever be changed after hearing Barbara speak and was able to bring that information back and disseminate it among our organization as well.
Barbara Rubel was the best keynote speaker I have seen. She was deeply engaging, impactful and really used her time to speak to the times we are currently going through. You can tell she has updated everything and kept up with the times.
Excellent kick off to our time together. I will definitely use this with my staff.
Thought Barbara was an excellent presenter. She shared a number of her personal experiences which made her very relatable. She provided great information and put an upbeat spin on what could have been a difficult topic to discuss.
This is hands down the best session on secondary trauma I have ever attended. I truly felt a weight lifted off my shoulders after the session as opposed to other sessions where the heaviness is worse afterward.
Barbara is a great speaker who can inject just the right amount of humor amid heavy issues. The topic was spot on for all who work in service of others. It was convicting, in a good way, and equipped folks with tools we can use. That was perhaps the best part - it wasn’t just talk, it was support and tools. I appreciate the committee’s focus on our well-being.
OMG!!! What is there to improve? She was fabulous!
She was amazing, my colleague and I feel so fortunate and grateful for bringing Barbara to this event and our opportunity to hear and learn from her. Amazing. The past two years staff burnout and compassion fatigue have been on our mind, she was perfect.
Excellent, just what I (we) needed to hear! Helpful, rejuvenating, humorous! Healthy all the way around.
Barbara sharing her wealth of knowledge in bridge building along with her humor encouraged and inspired me to continue bridging communication with staff and volunteers.
Exceptional! Would be wonderful to have her do some continuing virtual convening with us.
I'm still not sure how Barbara made a presentation on Vicarious Trauma engaging, fun and insightful but this was in my opinion the best presentation of the entire conference! Very helpful insights about our post - Covid world.
I would give her a 10. She was absolutely excellent. She had a great packet of handouts, presented the material well, engaged us and had a very good sense of humor. Thanks for getting her.
This was very good. Indeed, as was acknowledged, a heavy topic to dive into right away, but Barbara is a skilled presenter. It was a topic that everyone, regardless of ministry, could relate to and learn from.
“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
“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,US Psychiatric & Mental Health Congress
“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 CommitteeIndiana Collaborate Conference on Aging
“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. MarkhamAmerican College of Emergency Physicians
“Barbara, only compassion hearts change the world and yours is one.”Paul Quinnett, Ph.D.President and CEO, The QPR Institute, Inc.
“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-WestSr. 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, 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, MAExecutive Director, Alabama Psychiatric Society
“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 RogersBrookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity, Hunter College
“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. TomlinsonMcLane Children's Hospital
“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
“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. AnayaMarketing Coordinator, Mesilla Valley Hospice
“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 VestraciRN, Hospice of Charles County, Inc.
“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
“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 WeinbergLCSW, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern Arizona, Inc.
“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
“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 GillisU.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
“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 viewer's lives and helps them cope with the real sadness and depression of losing a loved one”Lisa SpagnuoloSenior Producer, Real Life with Mary Amoroso
“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 the fabulous keynote on a variety of topics she's skilled in.”Marc Herstand, MSW, CISWExecutive Director, NASW WI Chapter
“Your General Session program was the most talked about one of the entire 2007 National Conference in Las Vegas.”Ron RomanoDirector of Operations and Professional Services, National Assisted Living Nurses Association
“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 TobinProject 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 your vast knowledge.”Connie WagnerDirector or Education and Health Services, NHCA
“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
“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, MRCCRC Kentucky Office for the Blind, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer
“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 ChapterAmerican Nephrology Nurses Association
“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. WeberSt. Thomas of the Apostle
“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 BatesBereavement Counselor, St. John’s Hospicecare
“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 DorenAssociate 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 FinleyWyoming 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 SeunarineDirector, Bereavement Services, Bereavement Ministry
“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, HNCClinical Educator, Cox Health