Compassion Fatigue: Vicarious Trauma and self care. Jennifer Koch MSW, LCSW 5/2/2013 CASBHC Conference [email protected] Disclosure Statement. The following personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation existed in the past 12 months:
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Compassion Fatigue: Vicarious Trauma and self care
Jennifer Koch MSW, LCSW
The following personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation existed in the past 12 months:
No relationships to disclose
It’s not a matter of “If” it’s a matter of “When”
“There is a soul weariness that comes with caring. From daily doing business with the handiwork of fear. Sometimes it lives at the edges of one’s life, brushing against hope and barely making its presence known. At other times, it comes crashing in, overtaking one with its vivid images of another’s terror with its profound demands for attention; nightmares, strange fears, and generalized hopelessness.”
B. Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D.
The result of developmental impingement that occurred before the patient had acquired language (pre-verbal). Since patient has no language to communicate their internal struggles, they induce the feelings in another in order to be understood.
Feeling committed or responsible to help
The empathic process:
Warning signs of merging: