Did you know?
"Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper."
Dr. Charles Figley
Professor, Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair
Director, Tulane Traumatology Institute
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Caring too much can hurt. When caregivers focus on others without practicing self-care, destructive behaviors can surface. Apathy, isolation, bottled up emotions and substance abuse head a long list of symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled: Compassion Fatigue
While the effects of Compassion Fatigue can cause pain and suffering, learning to recognize and manage its symptoms is the first step toward healing. The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© is dedicated to educating caregivers about authentic, sustainable self-care and aiding organizations in their goal of providing healthy, compassionate care to those whom they serve.
This site has numerous resources we have found for caregivers working in many professions. The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© also offers original training materials, workbooks, and texts through our parent organization, Healthy Caregiving LLC. Please visit the site at:
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CFAP Statement on Workplace Violence:
Recent workplace violence highlights the need for employers to do everything possible to protect their employees. This is particularly important in caregiving environments in all of the helping professions due to the emotional and often intense interactions caregivers experience on a daily basis.
The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project has compiled a “Zero Tolerance” workplace violence template for concerned caregiving organizations to post within plain view of staff, visitors, consultants and anyone else who enters the premises. We urge you to use this template as is, or edit it to mirror the language of your distinct corporate culture.
For further information and materials on workplace violence, go to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) website at www.osha.gov.
CFAP Founder Patricia Smith's seminal book on recognizing Compassion Fatigue, To Weep for a Stranger, is available through Amazon. Grab a copy here!
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With more than 20 years of training experience, CFAP Founder Patricia Smith writes, speaks and facilitates workshops in service of those who care for others.
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