|Moreover, since research suggests that there is a significant overlap in effectiveness of various PTSD treatment methods found useful for clients suffering from PTSD and the methods found useful for professionals suffering from Compassion Fatigue. This is the basic thesis of this volume.
In the years since Compassion Fatigue: Coping with Secondary Traumatic stress Disorder in Those Who Treat the Traumatized (Figley, 1995), an impressive number of books, chapters, and articles were published. Research, assessment, and program evaluation must continue. However, what is critically needed now is preventing and treating compassion fatigue. Visit the Academy of Traumatology web site for information on training opportunities for certification in compassion fatigue prevention.
I highly recommend an excellent video on the topic: "When Helping Hurts: Sustaining Trauma Workers" from Gift From Within: 207-236-8858 or contact Joyce Boaz at JoyceB3955@aol.com.
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