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Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

Self-Care:

An Ethical Obligation for Those

Who Care


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

Important Definitions:

Empathy – The intellectual identification with, or vicarious experiencing of, the feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of others. It involves deeply engaging our minds and our hearts.

Compassion Satisfaction – The positive feelings we get when we realize that the compassion we put into working with others is resulting in some relief, growth, or healing.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

Important Definitions: (continued)

Compassion Fatigue – Fatigue, emotional distress, or apathy resulting from constant demands of caring for others. The weariness that comes from caring.

Burnout – Physical and emotional exhaustion that may include a negative self-concept and job attitudes, a loss of concern and feeling for others. High levels of compassion fatigue may lead to burnout.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

Important Definitions: (continued)

Vicarious (Secondary) Trauma – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder behaviors & emotions resulting from internalizing events experienced by another.

Vicarious: To feel through the experience of others; a secondary rather than primary experience with significant impact.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

The Ripple Effect:

Traumatic events are like rocks thrown into our pond.

Each rock causes a series of ripples.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

  • Personal Impact of Vicarious Trauma:

  • Physical – Sleep disturbances, change in appetite, increased alcohol consumption, impaired immune system, low energy, fatigue, aches & pains.

  • Emotional – Anxiety, guilt, irritability, anger, sadness, loss of empathy, emotional shutdown, hopelessness, depression.

  • Behavioral – Impatience, irritability, routine changes, absentmindedness, accident prone, elevated startle response, moodiness, self-destructive behaviors.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

  • Personal Impact of Vicarious Trauma:

  • Cognitive – Diminished concentration, loss of focus, rigidity, self-doubt, perfectionism, difficulty with decisions, hyper-vigilance.

  • Relational (Interpersonal) – Withdrawal, mistrust, intolerance, loneliness, changes in intimacy, emotionally unavailable.

  • World View (Spiritual) – Feel sense of unfairness, lack of support, anger at Higher Power, questioning beliefs, loss of purpose.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

  • Professional Impact of Vicarious Trauma

  • Job Tasks – Decrease in quality & quantity, lower motivation, increased mistakes, perfectionistic standards.

  • Morale – Loss of interest, dissatisfaction with work, negative attitude, apathy, decrease in confidence, demoralization, feelings of incompleteness.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

  • Professional Impact of Vicarious Trauma

  • Interpersonal – Withdrawal from colleagues, poor communication, staff conflicts, impatience, blaming, cliquish behavior, decreased quality of relationships.

  • Behavioral – Absenteeism, exhaustion, irritability, overworking, irresponsibility, tardiness, poor judgment, frequent threats to resign or quit.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

The Silencing Response:

One Other Sign of Compassion Fatigue

Shutting down our empathy & demanding trauma survivors keep problems to themselves.

Consciously or unconsciously finding ways to silence those manifesting trauma symptoms.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

Self-Care:

“You Can’t Teach What You

Don’t Know.

You Can’t Lead Where You

Won’t Go.”


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

Prevention & Self-Care

  • The Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL R-IV).

  • http://www.proqol.org/ProQol_Test.html

  • Also available in many other languages.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

  • ProQOL Scores:

  • Neither your name nor any other self-identifying information is to be written on this form.

  • This information is being requested anonymously. All individual information is to be kept confidential.

  • My Compassionate Satisfaction Score ________.

  • My Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma Score _________.

  • My Burnout Score ____________.

  • Comments: (Optional, however, avoid disclosing information that may lead to your identification).


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

  • Self-Care Planning:

  • Physical – The things I do to take care of my body in a healthy way.

  • Emotional – Things I do to take care of my feelings in healthy way.

  • Cognitive – Things I do to improve my mind and understand myself better.


Self care an ethical obligation for those who care

  • Self-Care Planning:

  • Social – The things I do in relation to others and the world around me.

  • Financial – The things I do to spend and save responsibly.

  • Spiritual – Things I do to gain perspective on my life.


The heart of learning and teaching compassion resiliency and academic success

The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success

Contact

Ron Hertel, Program Supervisor

Office Superintendent of Public Instruction

Phone: 360-725-4968

Email: [email protected]


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