“Transforming Compassion Fatigue”
Professional Caregivers of all kinds (teachers, healthcare providers and workers, clergy and others) may frequently experience fatigue due to the extent of their caregiving. When these Caregivers are exposed to Trauma in their work, the potential negative effects on them as professional caregivers are compounded. Trauma Exposure (TE) is personal or vicarious experience of one or more life-threatening events. Anyone who sees or hears of traumatic events, even by watching TV or online news, is exposed to the trauma, and therefore has Trauma Exposure, AKA Vicarious Traumatization (VT). TE and VT rewire the brain and negatively impact the caregiver, increasing their vulnerability to Compassion Fatigue (CF). Hence the need for this fun, interactive, hands-on Presentation or PlayShop, “Transforming Compassion Fatigue.”
Why is this a problem especially for Professional Caregivers?
- Health Care Providers and Workers whose patients have life-threatening injuries or illnesses, or who die, have Trauma Exposure (TE) every time they treat this patient.
- School teachers, administrators and staff who are involved in, or who experience or observe situations of school violence or bullying have TE.
- Clergy and church workers whose parishioners die, or have any kind of life-threatening situation experience Vicarious Trauma (VT).
- Both TE and VT rewire the brain and reduce empathy, optimism and personal resilience, leading to a negative change in World View and resulting in reduced ability to care and increased vulnerability to Compassion Fatigue.