I am a humorous speaker for the Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services conference on September 15, 2011. The theme of the event is Financial Fitness Forum.
I will be the motivational speaker for the credit counsellors during the awards luncheon celebrating members who have successfully obtained their Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada designation and their OACCS Certified Credit Counsellor designation. We will celebrate, recognize and laugh. I will remind the audience that taking yourself lightly helps you keep some emotional distance from what could be some emotionally draining cases.
Professionals in the credit counselling industry deal with a lot of stress everyday as they help their clients. A normal part of the job is to get phone calls and inquiries from people who are behind on bills, losing their job or being evicted from their home. In most cases people are so far behind on their bills that they don't know where to turn, which is where the credit counsellor steps in to provide emotional support and advice, and to help negotiate with creditors, provide resources, referrals and support in the community.
The other conference speaker is speaking about compassion fatigue and the cost of caring, not surprisingly a common by product of this incredibly meaningful yet stressful line of work. There are many other great conference speakers talking about credit risk assessment, family law and mediation and more. Hopefully, we will all be able to address the various facets of the group's lives to give back to them some of the help they give to others.
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