If you're a helping professional, chances are you have some idea of what I mean by the term compassion fatigue, even if you're not familiar with it.

While working with people who've experienced any kind of trauma is often incredibly rewarding, there is also a cost.

 

In the course of an ordinary work day, helping professionals frequently see, hear and read about the terrible, traumatic incidents that happen to individuals, groups and communities. When you do this work, you are at risk of experiencing compassion fatigue – the negative impact of being exposed to others' trauma.

 

When you are thoroughly exhausted, when you are mentally and emotionally empty, you cannot do your best work. And the people you help, often in vulnerable situations, are relying on you to be at your best.

 

My work is about supporting helping professionals to prevent and repair compassion fatigue.

My work is for you.

 
 
 
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Hi, welcome - I'm Rachel, and I am so glad you're here!

I am a former family lawyer whose personal experience compelled me to undertake a Master of Social Work degree. My time 'in the trenches' has led to a fundamentally unique perspective on working with compassion fatigue.

I haven’t just studied the literature, I’ve experienced the cause.

 
 
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The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.
— Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.