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This report presents a workshop for counselors and psychologists who are at a high risk for burnout and compassion fatigue. The workshop focuses on increasing the awareness of participants about the issues of burnout and compassion fatigue, and highlights a number of steps toward prevention. A report, which accompanies the workshop documentation, provides a variety of definitions, signs and symptoms, and possible causes of burnout and compassion fatigue. An emphasis is placed on prevention techniques that include both individual and environmental strategies. Also included in the report is a description of the specific workshop activities for participants. At the beginning of the program, participants are given the opportunity to assess their own degree of burnout and compassion fatigue. Through small group discussions, participants are also given the opportunity to share personal strategies for managing job stress and learn about other useful burnout prevention strategies from other participants. The remaining steps, assuming responsibility for addressing the problem and identifying what one can or cannot change about the job, are additional steps that each person is encouraged to address on his or her own to ensure that burnout or compassion fatigue do not become a personal reality. (Contains 12 references.) (GCP)

Descriptors: Burnout, Coping, Counselor Attitudes, Counselors, Helping Relationship, Organizational Climate, Prevention, Psychologists, Social Support Groups, Stress Management, Stress Variables

Autor: Lynch, Sherry K.


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