Presentation Title

Management of Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Mental Health Professionals

Location

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

4-17-2019 3:00 PM

Department

Public Health

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Patti Culross, MD, MPH

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Mental health professionals play an important role in treating people with mental illnesses. Sometimes, these professionals experience compassion fatigue, defined as the emotional strain of working with people who have suffered trauma. One meta-analysis found that between 21%-67% experience secondary traumatic stress in their profession.

Compassion fatigue cannot be avoided but it can be managed. The overall well-being of mental health professionals is important for their health and to ensure that they are able to function in everyday life. Through semi-structured interviews with mental health professionals, this project examines the strategies they use to manage compassion fatigue.

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Management of Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Mental Health Professionals

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

Mental health professionals play an important role in treating people with mental illnesses. Sometimes, these professionals experience compassion fatigue, defined as the emotional strain of working with people who have suffered trauma. One meta-analysis found that between 21%-67% experience secondary traumatic stress in their profession.

Compassion fatigue cannot be avoided but it can be managed. The overall well-being of mental health professionals is important for their health and to ensure that they are able to function in everyday life. Through semi-structured interviews with mental health professionals, this project examines the strategies they use to manage compassion fatigue.