Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue
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If you work or live in an environment where you are exposed to trauma, or if you are in service for someone who is recovering from trauma, it is likely that at some point you will experience an emotional, physical, and/or psychological impact. I work with practitioners, teachers, essential workers, and anyone in service to people and communities who are experiencing one or more of the following:
Compassion fatigue is a preoccupation with absorbing trauma and emotional stresses of others, and this creates traumatic stress in the helper. The prolonged exposure from listening to clients’ traumatic stories makes you susceptible to compassion fatigue and is not always easily identifiable.
Burnout is often referred to as feeling ‘worn out’ and can affect any profession. The impacts of burnout emerge gradually over time where things and activities that used to inspire joy and enthusiasm are hijacked by unpleasant thoughts and feelings.
Secondary and Vicarious Trauma is the emotional and psychological effects experienced through indirect exposure to the details of the traumatic experiences of others. Vicarious trauma is the cumulative transformative effect upon the professional who is working with survivors of traumatic life events.