207057 Compassion Fatigue- The silent epidmic for public health social workers

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:50 PM

Elaine T. Jurkowski, MSW, PhD , School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Compassion Fatigue (CF) is becoming recognized in helping professions as a silent disease which is beginning to impact people in the helping professions who are increasingly stressed, and impacted by trauma for prolonged periods of time. Social workers, involved in disaster management are more likely to suffer from compassion fatigue. This presentation will describe the prevalence of Compassion Fatigue, identify some of the signs and symptoms of CF, differentiate CF from ‘burnout” and present some findings from social workers working post disaster and trauma management. Strategies for public health intervention will be explored as strategies to mitigate this condition for social workers pursuing disaster management.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, participants will: 1. Understand the prevelance of Compassion Fatique for social workers following disaster managemtn. 2. Be able to identify signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue. 3. Identify some public health strategies to prevent compassion fatigue.

Keywords: Disasters, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted research on this topic.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.