Many clinicians are frequently exposed to and empathically engage with the firsthand accounts of others’ traumatic experiences (Kiley at al., 2018). A clinician’s indirect exposure to trauma can result in emotional responses and symptoms that parallel PTSD (Kanno & Giddings, 2017). Possible reactions to a survivor’s recounting of trauma will be identified along with signs of compassion fatigue, specifically in those working with SMI and other vulnerable populations. Resilience can buffer the impact of compassion fatigue in clinicians and one of the psychological factors associated with cultivating resilience is mindfulness (Harker et al., 2016). Self-care strategies can also mitigate the impact of the secondary trauma (Owens-King, 2019). Tools and resources at the individual and organizational level for addressing compassion fatigue will be reviewed including EAP and other evidence based tools that can translate to working with clients.
Presenter: Jasmine Watkins, LCPC, AIM Clinics
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