Compassion Fatigue, also called “vicarious traumatization” or “secondary traumatization”, is the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. It differs from burn-out, but can co-exist. Professionals in behavioral health or “helping profession” settings are at risk for developing secondary traumatic stress, depression, and/or burnout as they attend to others’ needs.
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.
View, download, and share our compiled resources listed below related to compassion fatigue and resilience.
ATTC Compassion Fatigue Resources
This 4-part online recorded series from the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC) addresses the capacity of behavioral health professionals to address compassion fatigue in the workforce, especially in the wake of the opioid epidemic.
- Part I: Compassion Fatigue: How Did We Get Here?;
- Part II: Alleviating Distress: Providing Compassion when Exhausted;
- Part III: Compassion Fatigue: Survival Starts Here; and
- Part IV: Creating a Shelter from the Storm: Reflection and Discussion.
Guidebook: Compassion Doesn't Make You tired! Unmasking and Addressing "Compassion Fatigue"
Because of her work, Pamela Woll (the author of this guidebook) is acutely aware of the need for exploration of this subject among people who work in the behavioral health field.
This guidebook is designed to help individuals, pairs, and groups explore the possible sources of their workplace stress and distress, and gain a better understanding of what they’re really experiencing. Its 19 chapters include an exploration of the nature of compassion, different types of stressors that might be among the sources of their distress, and a final section full of recommendations for identifying and addressing the specific challenges they face.
This resource has a lot of workbook exercises, and you can use them alone, or with a co-worker, or you might use them in a group of colleagues who are supporting one another—maybe do one chapter every week and talk about them.
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Healing the Healer: Neuroscience, CBT, and MI for Understanding/Treating Compassion Fatigue (Webinar)
This webinar from the Northwest ATTC re-examined compassion fatigue and self-care in light of neuroscience research and offered practical tools for professionals to use to mitigate their own compassion fatigue and strengthen their resilience.
Compassion Fatigue: Survival of the Caregiver (Training)
This on line training from Mountain Plains ATTC explores the beauty and pain that may come with being a caregiver. The training investigate compassion fatigue, as well as compassion satisfaction, and provides practical tools to build caregiver awareness, self-compassion, and psychological flexibility as they choose a life of service to others.
Report: Pain in the Nation: Building a National Resilience Strategy: Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation - a Devastating Impact Report highlights the rates of alcohol and drug misuse and suicide among the millennial generation (people in their 20s and 30s). Discusses the role of the opioid crisis in the increases in "deaths of despair" among millennials.
Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC - Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Challenges
The SAMHSA Spotlight Series highlights different approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities. This introductory issue present's SAMHSA's six principles of trauma-informed approach, and summarizes SAMHSA's community trauma initiative.
- Tarpon Springs, FL
- Kansas City, MO, KS
- Philadelphia, PA
- Walla Walla, WA
- Worcester, MA
- San Francisco, CA
- Shield of Resilience Training Course