Compassion Fatigue by Brad Hyde

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Compassion Fatigue by Brad Hyde

  1. 1. Compassion Fatigue
  2. 2. What is Compassion Fatigue?
  3. 3. Compassion Fatigue is not easily defined! <ul><li>the natural behaviors and emotions that arise from knowing about a traumatizing event experienced by a significant other </li></ul><ul><li>the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized person </li></ul><ul><li>a state of exhaustion and dysfunction-biologically,psychologically,and socially-as a result from prolonged exposure to compassion stress </li></ul><ul><li>CF is identical to secondary traumatic stress disorder (STSD) and is the equivalent of PTSD &quot;(Figley,l995) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Also called Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder and Vicarious Trauma HOW DOES IT AFFECT THERAPIST? Vicarious Trauma refers the changes that occur within a therapist as a result of empathic engagement with client's trauma experiences
  5. 5. What are the emotional dangers of Compassion Fatigue?
  6. 6. <ul><ul><ul><li>Work that is focused on the relief of client's emotional suffering typically results in the absorption of information about human suffering,thus we can absorb that suffering(Figley) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our client's issues are contagious: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;The therapist may find she has taken over the pathology of her patient within herself to such an extent that the therapist feels sick&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(English,l976) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The therapist may actually experience emotions and other symptoms that are very similar to the victim.
  8. 8. Three areas of secondary traumatic stress reactions/symptoms: <ul><ul><ul><li>Psychological distress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Changes in cognitive schema </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship disturbances </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Psychological distress
  10. 10. Changes in cognitive schema
  11. 11. Relationship disturbances
  12. 12. Stress: any demand or challenge that creates tension or threat requiring adaptive response <ul><ul><ul><li>Counter-transference: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>internal identification with the victim which leads to feelings of hopelessness, despair and powerlessness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Burnout: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a state of physical,emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Spirituality the link to the core Twelve Steps
  14. 14. <ul><ul><ul><li>Compassion Fatigue and ethical concerns: </li></ul></ul></ul>rescue attempts boundary violations control poor judgement
  15. 15. Self Interest <ul><ul><ul><li>Save Self </li></ul></ul></ul>Self Care How can I help myself?
  16. 16. Compassion Fatigue

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