Professional Quality of Life – Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue are two aspects of Professional Quality of Life. They encompass the positive (Compassion Satisfaction) and the negative (Compassion Fatigue) parts of helping others who have experienced suffering. Compassion fatigue breaks into two parts. The first part concerns things such as such as exhaustion, frustration, anger and depression typical of burnout. Secondary Traumatic Stress is a negative feeling driven by fear and work-related trauma. It is important to remember that some trauma at work can be direct (primary) trauma. In other cases, work-related trauma be a combination of both primary and secondary trauma. If working with others suffering changes you so deeply in negative ways that your understanding of yourself changes, this is vicarious traumatization. Learning from and understanding vicarious traumatization can lead one to vicarious transformation. This website provides a self-assessment and resources.
Victim Assistance Online is non-profit information, research and networking resource for victim assistance specialists, professionals in related disciplines and all interested in the field of victimology. It addresses Compassion Fatigue, another name for the burnout experienced by so many people in fields where they care for people under extreme circumstances, including: Doctors, nurses, EMS personnel, police, firemen, victim advocates and many others.