Compassion fatigue is an occupational hazard that affects to various degrees those in the helping professions. Meeting the physical and emotional needs of clients/residents/patients can be extremely rewarding work but can also bear the characteristics of a stress full work environment, negativity from clients as well as co workers, working in a field with increasingly dwindling resources and for some, the risk of even physical assault by those whom they serve.
Compassion Fatigue has been described as the “cost of caring for others” in emotional or physical pain. (Figley, 1982) It is characterized by deep emotional and physical exhaustion and a significant change in the helper’s ability to connect empathetically in interpersonal relationships that not only include those they serve, but coworkers and loved ones.
Addressing this directly beyond just basic stress management and self care allows those in the helping profession to recognize signs and symptoms and develop strategies that start at the personal level and can extend to the organizational level. Participants in this presentation will be empowered to acknowledge the effects of witnessing suffering and explore a new way of navigating that introduces a 5 step process with hands on tools for self regulation. Participants will create a framework for a self care plan and select an accountability partner.