Resources to assist staff with traumatic stress/compassion fatigue

American Psychological Association Resources:

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering from Disasters and Other Traumatic Events
This American Psychological Association tip sheet discusses normal reactions to a disaster or traumatic event and the steps that can be taken to alleviate stress.
The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

The mission of the Compassion Fatigue (CF) Awareness Project is to “promote an awareness and understanding of compassion fatigue and its effect on caregivers." The website includes resources that highlight the signs of CF; links to the ProQOL, a Compassion Fatigue and Satisfaction Self-Test, the Life Stress Self-Test; and wellness tips.

“Denial is one of the most detrimental symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and Life Stress. It can easily hinder your ability to assess the level of fatigue and stress in your life as well as thwart your efforts to begin the healing process.

The following three tests were designed to help you recognize symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and Life Stress in your life. While they will never replace a qualified medical diagnosis, they may help you determine if you need to seek further assistance.” The tests can be accessed on the website by clicking here or through the links below: