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The Compassion Fatigue Workbook is a lifeline for any helping professional facing the physical and emotional exhaustion that can shadow work in the helping professions. Since 2001 the activities in this Workbook have helped thousands of helpers in the fields of healthcare, community mental health, correctional services, education, and the military. In addition to a comprehensive description of compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, The Compassion Fatigue Workbook leads the reader through experiential activities designed to target specific areas in their personal and professional lives. It provides concrete strategies to help the reader develop a personalized plan for identifying and transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.
Topics covered include:
- understanding compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
- symptom checklist
- targeting areas for strategic planning
- understanding warning signs
- assessing contributing factors
- evaluating self-care
- identifying triggers
- solutions: personal, professional and organizational strategies.
- Understanding the Cost of Caring
- Strategy Number One: Low-impact Debriefing. Signs and Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma.
- Contributing Factors: Understanding How Your Current Job is Impacting You.
- Addressing Compassion Fatigue: Strategies.
- Step One – Take Stock: Track Your Stressors at Home and at Work.
- Step Two – Enhancing Self-Care and Work/Life Balance.
- Step Three – Developing CF Resiliency Through Relaxation Training and Stress Reduction Techniques.
- Step Four – Making a Commitment to Change. Reconnecting with the Rewards of the Work. Conclusion. Recommended Readings.
Françoise Mathieu, Med, RP, is a psychotherapist and compassion fatigue specialist with over 20 years of experience in trauma and crisis intervention. She’s the coexecutive director of Tend ltd. and author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook.
“I could not be more delighted to see the publication of Francoise Mathieu’s Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization. This comprehensive, engagingly written Workbook is full of accessible, compassionate tools and information that will provide immediate relief for every helper. Through self-disclosure as well as the actual words of many of our colleagues, Mathieu helps us to understand that we are not alone in being adversely affected by our beloved work. Wisely, the emphasis is on prevention where possible, including sensible advice to workplaces on how to better extend the work-life of their employees. And where compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization have already taken hold, many tools are provided to ameliorate the impact and to help heal the helper. Mathieu’s unique ‘Making it Personal’ sections gently and persistently return us to focus on ourselves, our own needs, and our own health. Every helping professional will benefit from this workbook.” – Babette Rothschild, author of Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
“Françoise Mathieu’s writing is wonderful: she speaks from the heart, practitioner to practitioner, about the stressors and strains of human service work, particularly those that come from prolonged regular work with traumatized patients and clients. This is a book you help write by yourself and about yourself. That’s why it is the workbook for trauma work.” – Charles R. Figley, Tulane University, Louisiana, USA, and author of Treating Compassion Fatigue