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When Helping Hurts: Sustaining Trauma Workers

by Charles Figley
Six noted therapists and experts offer their stories and advice on dealing with Compassion Fatigue, and discuss ways of recognizing and addressing this condition in yourself and others.


When Helping Hurts: Sustaining Trauma Workers
Produced for trauma workers, relief workers and those exposed to trauma due to their profession or work as volunteers, this video addresses the issue of Secondary Traumatization and Compassion Fatigue. These conditions are  a hazard to the helping professionals that deal with traumatic events and through the voice of six therapists and experts, this video heightens awareness of  symptoms and risks, and provides new information about prevention, resilience and treatment. Specific strategies on awareness, lifestyle balance and connecting with others are given to assist trauma workers. You will hear personal stories and advice from Frank Ochberg, MD, Charles Figley, PhD, John Wilson, PhD, Carl Bell, MD, Atle Dyregrov, PhD, and Angie Panos, PhD. This video is used by the US Army as part of their Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.
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"This very well- produced video is for those of us that are in a position to help others understand the "fallout" of being a sensitive and compassion human being. Although the format is designed for first responders of trauma teams, mental health professionals and health care workers, this video addresses the differences between burnout and compassion fatigue and, most importantly, reframes the latter to restore resiliency."
 - Shirley Williams, LCSW, Boulder Community Hospital, Integrative Therapy/In-Patient Rehab Dept.
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This video features a Full Version (52 min) and an Abbreviated version (17 min) which can be used in workshops, training and classrooms.
Length of video: 01:09:00
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream
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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-243-3
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-244-1
Charles FigleyProf. Charles R. Figley, Ph.D., is the Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and a Tulane University Graduate School of Social Work Professor since July 2008. He is also director of the Traumatology Institute and the  Co-Director of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy.  In addition to traumatic stress and resilience, Dr. Figley and his research teams have focused on other types of stress including fame-related stress, animal care-related stress, social, and lawyers and law librarians stress. Most of this research has been guided by and contributes to theories and interventions that are evidence-based which prevent, limit, or eliminate unwanted distress.
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CE credits: 1
Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout and the problems these conditions cause.
  • Understand what factors increase or decrease the likelihood of compassion fatigue.
  • Appreciate the importance of therapist self-care and techniques for healthy living.