The causes of compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress

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Module 1

Working with animals is more than a job; it’s a vocation, a passion and can be incredibly rewarding. However, it can also be heart breaking and traumatic and it is imperative that every practitioner acknowledges this and take steps to protect their mental health and welfare. But in the high-pressure world of modern practice this can take a back seat or be viewed as indulgent.

The presenter of this module has trained with the International Association of Trauma Professionals and the content is based on the research into secondary trauma/compassion fatigue by Dr Charles Figley. In this module she will introduce the concept of compassion fatigue, discuss some of the causes and explain the importance of understanding its impact and how it affects everyone who works in a caring role.