HL312 Compassion Fatigue

Course Description

This course provides students with the expertise to assess the signs and symptoms of compassion stress. It also utilizes appropriate strategies to prevent compassion fatigue and its related stresses, traumas, and illnesses. Particular emphasis is placed on the animal care community, including volunteers and workers in community animal shelters and emergency animal shelters in a catastrophic environment. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the developmental history of compassion fatigue including counter-transference, caregiver stress, burnout, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress.
  • Articulate the unique array of symptoms indigenous to compassion fatigue.
  • Explain current theoretical models for etiology and transmission of compassion fatigue.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Introduction to Compassion Fatigue
  • Work-Related Distress
  • Coping and Resilience
  • Counter Transference
  • Managing Intrusive Thoughts and Images
  • Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Reduction
  • Resistance and Resolution

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Anderson, A., & Anderson, L. (2006). Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster. Life Changing Stories and Practical Suggestions. New World Library: Novato, CA.
  • Davis, M, Eshelman, E., McKay, M. & Fanning, P. (2008). The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, Sixth Edition. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  • Figley, C. & Roop, R. (2006). Compassion Fatigue in the Animal-Care Community. Washington, DC: Humane Society Press.
  • Myers, D. & Wee, D. (2005). Disaster Mental Health Services. New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.