Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is known to professionals by many names – secondary victimization, secondary traumatic stress disorder, vicarious traumatization. It is, simply expressed, a byproduct of care giving. The more intense and personal care given, the more vulnerable the care giver is to compassion fatigue. Professionals who work with severely traumatized individuals are at high risk. Family and friends of trauma victims are susceptible to traumatic stress, as well as the professionals who treat the victims. Police, fire fighters, EMT’s, and other emergency workers report that they are most vulnerable to compassion fatigue when dealing with the pain of children. While empathy is a major resource for therapists in the assessment and treatment of trauma, it is also a key factor in the development of secondary trauma in therapists.This course involves hands on solutions which can make a dramatic difference in the professional and private lives of those working with and around trauma. It is an intensive learning experience relating to all aspects of the care giver’s life and the critical work they are being asked to do. It impacts the emotional, psychological, physical, social and spiritual well being of the individual. It offers an understanding of how these areas are affected by the work they are doing and tools to prevent and treat any negative effects of this critical work.


Course Highlights

  • What is Compassion Fatigue?
  • Concepts of Compassion Fatigue as it relates to other diagnosis
  • Differences between compassion fatigue and burn out
  • Psychological and emotional states exhibited
  • Self evaluation for compassion fatigue
  • Socialization solutions for mitigating compassion fatigue
  • Prevention of compassion fatigue.
  • Positive effects of physical routines
  • Affects on soul and spirituality
  • Dealing with compassion fatigue for self or coworker

Completion of “Compassion Fatigue” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (13 Contact Hours) qualifies as a course in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.


Continuing Education Information

Two-day Course: 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

13 Contact Hours; 13 PDHs for EAPs; 13 Contact Hours for National Certified Addiction Counselors; OR 1.3 General CEUs from UMBC

Continuing education information listed is only applicable when attending an ICISF Regional Training.