What is your definition of self-care?. Defining Our Terms. Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma: What are they and why does it matter?.
Compassion Fatigue, and
What are they and why does it matter?
Burnout: 1.) Rocket engine failure due to excessive heat or friction. 2.) Physical or emotional exhaustion, especially as a result of long-term stress.
Compassion Fatigue: A state of tension and preoccupation with individual or cumulative trauma of clients. (p. 125, “Treating Compassion Fatigue,” 2002, Charles Figley, Ed.)
Vicarious Trauma: The transformation or change in a helper’s inner experience as a result of responsibility for an empathic engagement with traumatized clients. (Saakvitne, Gamble, Pearlman, and Lev, 1999).
How do we take care of ourselves well enough to be able to make sense of all of the things we are witnessing?
In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective
- The Dalai Lama