First Responders (fire, police, social services)
Continuing Education Credits and certificates available for groups with 2 or more-hour session.
What Is Compassion Fatigue?
Compassion Fatigue occurs when we help people through a traumatic or life threatening event without paying attention to our own physical and emotional needs. Compassion Fatigue is recognized as a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as ICD 10 F43-12.
Fit for Service program for Compassion Fatigue awareness is a comprehensive program that is presented to healthcare workers, chaplains, policeman and other crisis responders.
Compassion Fatigue can be manifested in as a series of symptoms that are demonstrated physically, psychosocially and work related actions.
Physical symptoms are often presented with:
* Digestive problems
* Cardiac problems
* Sleep problems
* Loss of strength
Compassion Fatigue may be manifested psychosocially by the following signs:
* Emotional responses of sadness, anger, apathy, mood swings, irritability, depression and anxiety
* Lack of attention to detail, difficulty concentrating
* Feeling of isolation or indifference or loss of enjoyment in activities that usually found pleasure
Compassion Fatigue may also affect the work place. The effects of Compassion Fatigue may be exhibited through the following:
* Expressing a desire to quit
* Being late frequently
* Avoiding intense situations
* Decline in performance
* Complaints about administration
* Substance abuse
* Poor self-care
* Compulsive behaviors (overspending, over eating, gambling, sexual addictions)
* Legal problems, indebtedness