Seminar to address causes, ways of dealing with caregiver fatigue

Author: Erin Blasko

Dominic Vachon

Dominic Vachon, the John G. Sheedy, M.D., Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, will talk about caregiver fatigue as part of the Walking Alongside seminar “Compassionate Care: Strategies for Coping with Caregiver Fatigue,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 8) at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.

A practicing psychologist, Vachon will address some of the causes of caregiver fatigue as well as strategies for dealing with fatigue.

Vachon is a professor of the practice in the Department of Preprofessional Studies in the College of Science at Notre Dame. He holds two bachelor’s degrees — psychology and philosophy — and a master of divinity degree from Notre Dame. He also holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University, Chicago,

Vachon has devoted the past 25 years of his professional career to supporting and training physicians, residents, medical students, premedical students, nurses and other clinicians in patient communication skills as well as dealing with burnout and the recovery of compassionate care in the inner lives of clinicians and anyone who is involved in caregiving.

His book “How Doctors Care: The Science of Compassionate and Balanced Caring” will be released in August.

Walking Alongside is a presentation of the Department of Community Relations, the Department of Human Resources and Campus Ministries at Notre Dame, in collaboration with 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory, Saint Joseph Health System Insurance Services, St. Paul’s Retirement Community and the Michiana Institute for Successful Aging.

For more information or to register for the seminar, email Vicky Hernandez at or call 574-631-3249 by Wednesday (Nov. 6).

Contact: Erin Blasko, assistant director of media relations, 574-631-4127,