Compassion Fatigue : A Sense Of Helplessness And Confusion

1393 Words Jul 30th, 2015 6 Pages
Figley (2002a) defined “Compassion Fatigue” as a sense of helplessness and confusion around an emotional investment in helping those who are suffering. Compassion Fatigue has been linked to 10 variables. Starting variable begins with Empathic Ability, the ability to notice the pain of others. Following with Empathic Concern, noticing the pain of others and wanting to help the other person. Thirdly is Exposure to the client, the more time face to face with a consumer. Consecutively follows Empathic Response – taking the steps and making an effort to help reduce or alleviate the suffering of the consumer through understanding. Afterward becomes Compassion Stress, the stress one feels from the additional empathy towards another. Sixth is Sense of Achievement; the extent to which the helping professional feels satisfied with how much they’ve helped their consumer. Along with Disengagement; when the helping professional distances themselves from the suffering of their consumer, a realization on the importance of self-care and need to separate oneself from the program. If compassion fatigue continues to build, additional stressors are added in. After time the eighth step of Prolonged Exposure, not having enough breaks between clients to gather ones thoughts, and taking time-out to decompress. Followed by Traumatic Recollection, remembering things from previous sessions with a consumer, thoughts that brings back a flood of memories. Finally with the tenth step is Life…

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