Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Therapist at risk

Kim Ballantine 

Over the past decade, there has been an increase in awareness of the psychological challenges faced by those in helping professions such as physiotherapy: High patient numbers, long hours, increased stress levels, and ultimately burnout and compassion fatigue.

Compassion fatigue, described as the cost of caring’ for others in emotional and physical pain, is a progressive state of emotional unease resulting in the compassion energy that is expended by the therapist surpassing their ability to recover.

This has significant negative psychological and physical consequences and attacks the very core that brought the physiotherapist into this line of work.

Compassion fatigue is therefore a significant occupational hazard and impacts between 60 – 90% of healthcare providers. It is linked to:

  • Low resilience
  • Low compassion satisfaction
  • High secondary traumatic stress
  • Higher error rates and
  • More frequent use of maladaptive coping

Given its impact, particularly on judgment and increased error rates, one has to ask if compassion fatigue has ethical implications within the practice setting?

Are you and your practice at risk? It is time to find out.

This CPD accredited talk examines compassion fatigue and burnout and the possible ethical implications.

It also looks at:

  • Awareness of the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and how it differs from stress and burnout
  • Balance, breaks and breathing
  • Connection and support systems
  • Developing Emotional Resilience
  • Ethical implications

Put on your oxygen mask first and understand that Taking care of myself doesn’t mean me first, it simply means me too.”

Click here to learn more about the course:

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Therapist at risk

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