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Defining Compassion Fatigue and Learning How to Take Care of Ourselves

Nancy Saxton-Lopes, LCSW & Estelle Giles-Monroe, LCSW

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Abstract  

This presentation will define compassion fatigue and burnout and how to take care of ourselves. Healthcare professionals are vulnerable to experiencing exhaustion, anxiety and even anger because we care so deeply for our patients, being humans or animals. We work long hours with populations that are in great need. It is important for us in these fields to understand that it is imperative to take care of ourselves or we cannot continue to provide important services to our clients. To do so there are a few components: having an awareness of ourselves and knowing the signs and symptoms of stress, compassion fatigue and burnout, being able to put a shield in front of us to deflect the negative; gaining skills to cope with conflict and adversity; and how to replenish our souls.

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