Compassion Fatigue

Studies confirm that caregivers play host to a high level of compassion fatigue. Day in, day out, employees struggle to function in care giving environments that constantly present heart wrenching, emotional challenges. This painful reality takes its toll on everyone from full time employees to part time volunteers, working in services such as medical, law enforcement, legal systems, hospice, counseling, children's services, schools and also impacts loved ones who provide care. Compassion Fatigue is a set of symptoms that begin to impact the person in the helping role, as well as negatively affecting their workplace and family and can even lead to unintended consequences while performing work duties which can directly impact patient care.

"Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those who help people in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper" (Charles Figley, Director, Tulane Traumatology Institute)

This training will encompass an understanding of what compassion fatigue is, how it develops and what we can do about it.

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