Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC., RP

Specialist in High-Stress Workplaces
CEO, TEND

After over 20 years of work in the field of mental health, counselling couples, military members and their families as well as students at one of Canada’s top Universities – Françoise began noticing that while she was caring for others, she wasn’t doing that good a job of caring for herself. She also became aware that as the severity and volume of her work increased, she was no longer engaging with her young family in the way that she wanted. At this point, Françoise began looking for information on Compassion Fatigue – a very real consequence of being a helping professional and/or someone who continuously gives to or cares for others. She wanted to understand what she was experiencing, and also wanted to keep working in a way that would sustain her level of compassion and ensure she could stay well.

After learning about compassion fatigue, and the complexities of trauma exposure, vicarious trauma, and extreme stress, Françoise began talking about it, and teaching fellow helping professionals. Françoise Mathieu is now a sought-after speaker and educator in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.  In the words of some of her audience members, her presentations are “eye opening”, “validating”, and “life changing”.

One of her best qualities is the ability to impart valuable information in a way that resonates – with everyone. Mental health can be a sensitive subject laced with the issues of stigma and embarrassment, but Françoise’s sense of humour, and her stories, help engage even the most challenging groups.

Françoise is the CEO of TEND, an organization that offers training and education for workplaces experiencing high-stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, trauma and vicarious trauma. She is the author or The Compassion Fatigue Workbook and delivers hundreds of presentations each year. Françoise is living her best, mostly balanced life in Ontario, Canada.