Are we at a point of fatigue? And what is compassion fatigue?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on April 26, 2018 - 4:28pm
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As we are close to wrapping up another academic year, I want to invite us all to take time for some self-evaluation. The end of the year and graudation is often a time of joy as we celebrate our student's accomplishments. However, we also have to consider the struggles many of our students face every day. I wanted to have a dialogue about compassion fatigue that is often a part of our jobs. We can suffer vicarious trama.
From the American Institute of Stress: “We have not been directly exposed to the trauma scene, but we hear the story told with such intensity, or we hear similar stories so often, or we have the gift and curse of extreme empathy and we suffer. We feel the feelings of our clients. We experience their fears. We dream their dreams. Eventually, we lose a certain spark of optimism, humor and hope. We tire. We aren’t sick, but we aren’t ourselves.”
So what do we do? What does this look like?
- Check out the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project.
- Six Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue
- Compassion Fatigue: The Silent Thief in our Schools
I'd like to create this space for you the share your frustrations, stories, and steps to wellness. The job of adult educators is exhausting, rewarding, overhwelming, and transforming. How do you address your self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and what tips or strategies do you have for your peers?