Compassion fatigue is the behavioral, emotional and social impact on individuals and agencies who provide treatment to individuals and families suffering with addiction and its co-occurring trauma, mental health and medical problems. Michael Barnes will discuss compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary trauma and the symptoms commonly exhibited by addiction professionals in and outside of the work environment. He will outline interactional problems that are commonly seen within the day-to-day operations of addiction treatment providers. Finally, he will outline common self-care strategies that have been shown to be effective for treatment professionals and the organizations in which they work.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Define and explain compassion fatigue as a response to caring for complex addicted and traumatized patients that is experienced as both a form of burnout and secondary trauma.
Identify compassion fatigue, based on the symptoms discussed, within themselves, co-workers, and direct-reports, and utilize self-care techniques and mindfulness processes as a means for reducing compassion fatigue symptoms.
Gain insights into how organizations can become traumatized and be able to identify employee behaviors that can be signs of compassion fatigue.