When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue
Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), also referred to as Compassion Fatigue is defined as the indirect exposure to difficult, disturbing and/or traumatic images and stories of the suffering of others. The compassion many of us feel for those we help can affect us in both positive and negative ways. Physical and emotional exhaustion from doing this heart work can affect our ability to have empathy for our clients, colleagues and loved ones. Repeated exposure to difficult content can have a negative impact on the functioning and overall mental health of helping professionals.
When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress training is designed to bring awareness to the systematic impact of STS, offer a safe space for helping professionals to learn strategies for managing STS and experience more balance and satisfaction in their personal and professional lives in order to be more effective with clients and build stronger communities.
Identify the signs and contributing factors to compassion satisfaction and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue and burn-out.
Identify and implement strategies for self-management in highly emotional charged interactions with clients and/or loved ones.
Incorporate Trauma informed practices (Cognitive Processing, Grounding, Deep Breathing/Relaxation, and Mindfulness exercises) in their daily regimen.