Compassion Fatigue

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Week 5

1) Considering that burnout has been related to the amount and type of work done along with the type of work that you do or hope to do, are you at risk for burnout? Why?

No, I do not believe that I am a candidate for burnout. I work with children and they change every year and there is never a dull moment so it doesn’t become monotone, boring, and repitious, which all is a clear description of burnout.

2) Describe some of the effects that secondary traumatic stress can have on professional capability.

This can have detrimental effects on individuals, both professionally and personally, including a decrease in productivity, the inability to focus, and the development of new feelings of incompetency and self doubt.

3) Review the factors that contribute and explain burnout on page 89. Have you ever experienced these in your professional experience?

I can honestly say that I believe everyone over some period of time experiences those symptoms or something similar to those symptoms. It is just a part of having a steady career that has to do with a repetitious field. How you handle the day to day or how you chose to see your daily career may make or break the fine line between a rut and burnout.

Week 6

1) Describe some of the ways humor helps relieve stress related to trauma (physiologic and therapeutic.)

I’ve independently read that laughing releases endorphins that help you calm and relieve stress. I have also learned that changing the mood helps your mind deal with the situation at hand a little better. You are not approaching the situation with an angry clouded mind, or a frazzled unsure mind. You are allowing yourself a moment to process, defuse, and then solve the problem at hand. It is also therapeutic because laughter gives you positive emotions that help you become healthy. Research shows that laughter can…...

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