Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care

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Compassion fatigue is an occupational hazard. The American Institute of Stress describes it as “the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those from the consequences of traumatic events.” Though they may sound similar, compassion fatigue is actually different from another occupational hazard known as burnout. While burnout is also an important mental health issue, it does not have to do with traumatic experiences or witnessing traumatic experiences; instead burnout is related to the stress of work itself.


For more information about ICAAP’s Child Development Initiatives, please contact:

Juanona Brewster, MDiv, MTS, MJ
Senior Director, Child Development Initiatives
Director, PROTECT Initiative
Director, TEAM Initiative
312/733-1026, ext 203

Elise Groenewegen
Manager, Child Development Initiatives
312/733-1026, ext 204