Barbara Rubel

Public Speaker and Writer in Kendall Park, NJ

Barbara Rubel

Public Speaker and Writer in Kendall Park, NJ

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Hello, I’m Barbara. I am a leading authority and best-selling author on managing burnout, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. As a nationally recognized keynote speaker, I motivate professionals who work in trauma informed organizations to build their resilience and create work-life balance. My programs help leaders and teams manage workplace chronic stressors and get over burnout at work.

• Three weeks prior to my giving birth to triplets, my father died by suicide. My story was featured in the Emmy award winning documentary, Fatal Mistakes, Families Shattered by Suicide narrated by Mariette Hartley. Many employees are grieving personal loss. I offer programs for leaders on lost productivity and performance while managing grief at work.

• As a sought-after keynote speaker who has presented to over 1,000 groups since 1991, including corporations, state and national associations and non-profit organizations, I offer work-life balance strategies for trauma-informed organizations to implement right away. With clarity and humor, my speaking engagements are designed to give professionals and volunteers powerful and practical strategies of work-life balance, wellbeing, and self-care that can be implemented immediately.

• I'm a Board-Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. I received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in community health, with a concentration in thanatology, both from Brooklyn College.

• I'm the author of But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Families After a Suicide (3rd ed.). (2020). I wrote the 30-hour CE course for Nurses, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: Helping Individuals Cope (4th ed.), and the CE course, COVID-19 Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (2020). I co-authored the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Training Curriculum, Compassion Fatigue. I am a contributing writer to Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal; Fresh Grief; Coaching for Results: Expert Advice from 25 Top International Coaches; and Keys to a Good Life: Wisdom to Unlock Your Power Within.

• My work has been featured in Family Circle magazine, Health magazine, Shape magazine, Jennings Wire, CYACYL, WOR the voice of NY 710, FOX Business, Open to Hope TV, TODAY, and more

  • Work
    • Griefwork Center, Inc.
  • Education
    • Brooklyn College