Treating Compassion Fatigue

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Compassion Fatigue is the latest in an evolving concept known in the field of traumatology as Secondary Traumatic Stress, or the stress experienced by caregivers. At focus in this volume are the assessment, treatment, and prevention of Compassion Fatigue. Through examination of contemporary theory and research, leaders in the field come together to further clarify the concept of Compassion Fatigue. Case studies address the trauma of working with special populations such as children, victims of terrorism, and major disaster survivors. New and innovative treatment methods offer comprehensive plans for recovery from burnout and the prevention strategies provided will be of use to those in the helping professions. Treating Compassion Fatigue will bring to light the "cost of caring" for those in emotional distress, allowing professionals to fully prosper in their compassionate efforts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583910535
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Psychosocial Stress Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 334,302
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Figley, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of trauma studies. He is the Director of the Traumatology Institute and the founding Director of the Green Cross Projects in the School of Social Work at Florida State University. He is the founding president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the founding editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and editor of Traumatology. Among Dr. Figley's numerous publications are The Traumatology of Grieving (1998) and the benchmark work, Compassion Fatigue: Coping With Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder in Those Who Treat the Traumatized (1995).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Contemporary Views and Findings
1 Diagnosis and Treatment of Helper Stresses, Traumas, and Illnesses 17
2 The Trauma of Working with Traumatized Children 39
3 Stress Responses of Mental Health Workers Following Disaster: The Oklahoma City Bombing 57
4 Secondary Traumatic Stress in Case Managers Working in Community Mental Health Services 85
5 Measuring Compassion Satisfaction as Well as Fatigue: Developmental History of the Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue Test 107
Pt. II Treatment and Prevention Innovations
6 The Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue 123
7 Humor as a Moderator of Compassion Fatigue 139
8 The Silencing Response in Clinical Practice: On the Road to Dialogue 155
9 Trauma Treatment Training for Bosnian and Croatian Mental Health Workers 171
10 Strategies for Managing Disaster Mental Health Worker Stress 181
Epilogue 213
Index 219
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