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Compassion Fatigue Resilience Series

Compassion fatigue includes elements of burnout (work demands that outpace psychological resources), secondary traumatic stress (vicarious traumatization), direct traumatic stress (the experience of fear when treating patients), and prior traumatic stress history (Figley et al., 2004). Its signs resemble those seen in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and include physiological hyper-arousal, anxiety, avoidance, social withdrawal, irritability, and persistent thoughts about difficult, “traumatic” clinical experiences.

Part 2 of the Compassion Fatigue Resilience series focuses on reframing. Living with fidelity to our purpose and in alignment with our principles is equally important in developing and maintaining our professional quality of life. Trauma makes us fearful, and being fearful we mistrust each other. Mistrust leads to anger, and then we find ourselves violating our own values, the same ones that brought us to mental health and healthcare. Although we might want things to be different from what they are, resilience arises from acceptance of the world as it is, focusing instead on what meaning we make of it for ourselves. This workshop will lead participants in exercises to help them reframe and move forward within their roles with intentionality and perceptual maturation.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Describe causes and effects of stress
  • Describe and practice techniques for reframing

 

View Part 1: Self Regulation and Part 3: Self-Care of this series.