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008. Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: When Helping Others is Hurting Me


Mark Crear, Ph.D. 







The COVID-19 pandemic has strained our mental health professionals to their breaking point. Many psychologists and licensed mental health professionals have taken on additional clients with more significant trauma than ever before to meet the demand. In this workshop, participants will identify compassion fatigue in their own lives and colleagues’ lives through surveys and group exercises. Participants will be able to employ an improvement and protection plan, which includes Emotional Presence techniques that can also be used with Christian clients. With the current and ever-growing need for culturally competent counselors in the United States, it is imperative that psychologists and licensed mental health professionals find ways to prevent burnout and effectively manage compassion fatigue that can result from working with traumatized populations in urban communities, especially African-Americans. The presenter will explain how to identify the triggers and coping strategies that psychologists and licensed mental health professionals who work with minorities, particularly African-Americans, use to manage compassion fatigue and prevent burnout.  


Learning Objectives  

Participants will:  

  1. Evaluate their susceptibility to compassion fatigue and that of their co-workers through an individual survey and group exercises   
  2. Develop a way to cope with compassion fatigue and how to successfully administer a personal improvement and protection plan for psychologists and licensed mental health professionals   
  3. Outline and practice the use of Emotional Presence techniques for oneself, which can also apply to Christian clients and be incorporated into their overall treatment plans   
  4. Define symptoms of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue and how they relate to effectively working with minorities, especially African-Americans