Session Description: As behavioral health professionals we operate under the auspices of ethical practice. This is to protect individuals in our care from harm. How often do we apply the principles of beneficence and non-maleficence to ourselves? As clinicians walking with clients along their path to sobriety, we bring our own life experiences along with us. These can be protective factors for our emotional well-being or risk factors depending on the clinicians level of self-care or compassion fatigue (CF), burnout, or secondary traumatization. As we strive to maintain our compassion resilience, it is imperative that we support ourselves, colleagues, and supervisees to do the same. The ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of CF, burnout, and secondary traumatization is integral to early intervention and the restoration of compassion resilience and ethical practice. Attendees to this presentation will be introduced to the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue (CF), burnout, and secondary traumatization. They will recognize the physiological, emotional, spiritual, and ethical implications of these conditions on themselves and their clinical practice. Attendees will be introduced into the principles and skills necessary to support individuals to re-establish compassion resilience, physical health, emotional well-being, and ethical practice.
After this activity participants should be able to
Describe and differentiate three signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma.
Describe the physiological, emotional, spiritual, and ethical implications of practicing in a state of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma.
Competently apply physical, emotional, and spiritual interventions to restore the attendee to a state of compassion resilience and assist colleagues and supervisees to do the same.