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Compassion Fatigue Resources and Papers [2.10.3.b.3]

Online Resources

CompassionFatigue (Listserv): A Virtual Community for Care-givers

This list has been developed to serve as a virtual community for care-givers, emergency responders and others who provide care to suffering individuals, families and communities. It is designed to provide a forum for members to ask questions, share experience, receive support, report developments in the field (including research) and, ultimately, evolve our care-giving skills. This list is both scholarly and personal and is managed by the developers of the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue.  Found Here.

The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

The Project is dedicated to educating caregivers about authentic, sustainable self-care and aiding organizations in their goal of providing healthy, compassionate care. Also includes Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue Subscales-III, 1995 -2002. Found Here

The Green Cross  

The Green Cross is an international, humanitarian assistance organization and non-profit corporation comprised of trained traumatologists and compassion fatigue service providers. The Green Cross provides various services, training, education, and certification to prepare management, human resources, employee assistance professionals, and service providers with sufficient guidance and competence to first do no harm to the traumatized and ultimately help victims recover. Found Here

Compassion Fatigue: When Helping Hurts 

By Sue Philpott, RN, gives a good, brief overview of compassion fatigue including how it differs from burnout and signs and symptoms. Found Here

Complexities of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders and Vicarious Traumatization 

This Issue Brief from June 2008 discusses health and wellness strategies, describes capacity building efforts, investment payoffs and implications for both the employer ad employee. For more information Click Here

The Relationship between Resilience and Compassion Fatigue in Counselors 

By Susan Marcus and Michael Dubi
The purpose of this study was to examine if the experience of personal trauma is associated with several of the psychological consequences of secondary trauma, specifically depression, anxiety, and coping ability. In addition, other demographic characteristics were examined for their relationship to the experience of personal trauma as well as the ability to cope. Found Here.

Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Counselor Spirituality: Implications for Counselors Working with Trauma 

By Laura R. Simpson and Donna S. Starkey, found Here. 

Online course: Clinician Self-Care for Addiction Counselors and Clinical Supervisors 

Co-sponsored by the ATTC of New England through the Brown University Distance Learning Program
This course explores the impact of secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, burnout, and countertransference on clinicians who work with addicted, traumatized clients. It provides counselors and clinical supervisors with a holistic and comprehensive approach to self-care that can prevent and ameliorate the impact. The course actively engages participants in the development of their own personal/professional self-care plans and gives ample opportunity to integrate specific self-care activities and practices into their daily lives. It runs for four weeks (8 CEUs possible) and is instructed by Patricia A. Burke, MSW, LCSW. Found Here. 

Preventing Counselor Impairment: Vulnerability, Wellness and Resilience  

By Gerard Lawson, Ph.D., LPC and Beth Venart, M.Ed., N.C.C., L.P.C., found Here. 

Therapist Self-Care 

By Eric S. Nicely from the Bulletin of Psychologists in Independent Practice. This article provides research data on practices and self-care techniques clinicians utilize, also includes other self-care topics. Found Here. 

Trauma and Burnout: Counselors in Training 

By Jeanmarie Keim, David L. Olguin, Scott C. Marley, and Amy Thieman
The study assessed burnout, trauma symptoms, and the impact of events among counselor education Masters students, found Here.

Task Force on Impaired Counselors 

The Governing Council of the American Counseling Association (ACA) established a Task Force on Impaired Counselors in the Spring of 2003. The creation of this task force reflects a growing awareness of impairment in the field as well as ACA's commitment to identifying and developing intervention strategies and resources to help impaired counselors.

The information from this task force:
  • Outlines the history of impairment,
  • Provides working definitions for impairment and other relevant terms,
  • Identifies and assesses risk factors for counselors,
  • Provides assessment tools through which counselors can evaluate their level of resiliency at this time, and
  • Provides an overview of effective wellness strategies.
    There is also a resources page in which pertinent articles, books, and research is cited, along with links to the best sites available on the topics of stress, distress, and impairment.
This information is found Here.
An Overview of the Task Force on Impaired Counselors is found Here.

Screening and Self Tests

ProQOL R-IV Professional Quality of Life Scale

Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue Subscales—Revision IV found Here

The ProQOL Manual, the Professional Quality of Life Scale:

The ProQOL is the current version of the measures know as the Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue Test, the Compassion Fatigue Test and the Compassion Fatigue Self-Test.  It is available Here.


Compassion Fatigue: The Crucible of Transformation by J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D. MT, CAC

This article first appeared in the Journal of Trauma Practice (The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, an Imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 1, No. 3 / 4, 2002, pp 37-61. Found at (listed under “Downloads”) Here

The Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue 

This paper was presented to the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.  Found (listed under “Downloads” at the bottom of the web page) Here

The Art and Science of Caring for Others without Forgetting Self-Care 

By Charles R. Figley, is found Here

Compassion Fatigue: The Bodily Symptoms of Empathy 

By Susanne Babbel, MFT, PhD is found Here

Measuring Compassion Satisfaction as Well as Fatigue: Developmental History of the Compassion Fatigue and Satisfaction Test 

Stamm, B. H. (2002). Measuring Compassion Satisfaction as Well as Fatigue: Developmental History of the Compassion Fatigue and Satisfaction Test. In C.R. Figley (Ed.). (pp.107119). Treating compassion fatigue. New York: Brunner Mazel.

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