Resilience and Well-being:Mitigating Compassion Fatigue
Lisa E. Bloom, MSWBehavioral Health at CDH andDelnor
Identify signs/symptoms of burnout and compassionfatigueIdentify, and decide to practice, self-care/wellnessstrategies to promote resilienceIdentify obstacles to implementing good self-care.Develop strategies to move them out of the way
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The world is a ________place.Life is ______.I am ______as a human being.I want to change _______about my job.I want to change ______about myself.Most often I feel _____________.
Compassion Fatigue Defined
Thecumulativephysical/emotional/psychological effects of continual exposure to traumatic or distressing stories/events when working in a helping profession.
Vicarious Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress
Too Much of a Good Thing
Client Distress and Stories of DireCircumstances
Zero sum, Adversarial, Wanting to Fix, Integrity and Justice
Burnout vs Compassion Fatigue: The Differentiator
Loss of Caring andEmpathyFeelings of lack of achievementLack of purpose andmeaningLoss of HopeSense of Powerlessness and Helplessness.“I can’t fix it.”Disillusioned and detached. Feeling as in a fog. Numb and Empty.Hardened Demeanor: Shattering offundamental beliefs, integrity, justiceInterpersonal relationships.Disconnectionfrom self and others.
Impacts Sense of Self and World View
Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue
Fight – Flight – Freeze: ‘The Body Keeps Score’
Let Yourself Off The Hook (SELF-COMPASSION)
It is an ADAPTIVE Response
Resilience: Protective Factor for Compassion Fatigue
Can be developedAllows you to bePRESENTwith feelingsGives permission to be humanAWARENESS
Elements of Resilience
Capacity to respond calmly and effectively in a crisisAbility to tolerate distressing emotionsFlexibility to bend and flow with lifeSkills and resourcefulness to move through difficultiesCourageAble to find the lesson in failureAllows for creativity and innovation
Building Resilience and SELF-AWARENESS
Body awarenessCognitive awarenessEmotional awarenessAttending to intuitionGut level warningsWhatcanyou control, whatcan’tyou?Recognizethe differenceLearn to BE in the HERE-AND-NOW
SIMPLE. BUT NOT EASY
Strategies to Promote Well-Being
Know and honor your limits.Set BoundariesAllow yourself to be human. Ask for help, it cultivates trustBe anEmpathic Witnessfor your colleaguesDo you have a Self-Care Plan? Nutrition, Exercise andFunAre you breathing? (CultivateAWARENESS. It can change your brain!)Self-Compassion: It’s a PRACTICE
What helps you BE Calm & Present?
To Refresh and Reinvigorate
BALANCE: Compassion Fatigue – Compassion Satisfaction
Are You in a Healthy Zone?
Professional Boundaries (Modified from NCSBN, Inc., Professional Boundaries 1996 Chicago, IL)
Take Care ofYourself