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Cost of the work we do:Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
For: Professionals

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 (This event is over)


Ottawa, On, ON

Event Description

With Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed. ,CCC. 
Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are characterized by a deep emotional and physical exhaustion and by a shift in a helping professional's sense of hope and optimism about the future and the value of their work.
Compassion fatigue has been called "a disorder that affects those who do their work well" (Figley 1995) The level of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma a helper experiences can ebb and flow from one day to the next, and even very healthy helpers with optimal life/work balance and self care strategies can experience a higher than normal level of compassion fatigue when they are overloaded, are working with a lot of traumatic content, or find their case load suddenly heavy with individuals who are all chronically in crisis.

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