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The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization Paperback – Dec 20 2011

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (Dec 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415897904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415897907
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.3 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The author, a compassion fatigue specialist, is well qualified for her role, writing from her extensive experience as a crisis counsellor and a leader in vicarious trauma education in Canada. The Compassion Fatigue Workbook is to be highly recommended for students, practitioners, researchers and educators whose work and study revolve around the helping professions." - Melanie Hopkins, Forensic Psychotherapist, Priory Secure Services, Berkshire; and Dr Stephen Goss, Principal Lecturer, Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University.

"I could not be more delighted to see the publication of Francoise Mathieu's Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization. This comprehensive, engagingly written Workbook is full of accessible, compassionate tools and information that will provide immediate relief for every helper. Through self-disclosure as well as the actual words of many of our colleagues, Mathieu helps us to understand that we are not alone in being adversely affected by our beloved work. Wisely, the emphasis is on prevention where possible, including sensible advice to workplaces on how to better extend the work-life of their employees. And where compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization have already taken hold, many tools are provided to ameliorate the impact and to help heal the helper. Mathieu's unique 'Making it Personal' sections gently and persistently return us to focus on ourselves, our own needs, and our own health. Every helping professional will benefit from this workbook." - Babette Rothschild, author of Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

"Françoise Mathieu’s writing is wonderful: she speaks from the heart, practitioner to practitioner, about the stressors and strains of human service work, particularly those that come from prolonged regular work with traumatized patients and clients. This is a book you help write by yourself and about yourself. That’s why it is the workbook for trauma work." - Charles R. Figley, Tulane University, Louisiana, USA, and author of Treating Compassion Fatigue

"I am so grateful to Francoise for choosing to write this. The insight, humor, and wisdom found within offer the reader abundant choices on how to work and live sustainably. This workbook will be of great service for individuals, organizations, and institutions for years to come." - Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, trauma worker and coauthor of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

"Trauma workers will find much to reflect upon and engage with in these pages. The Compassion Fatigue Workbook will be especially valuable for those new to trauma work as they establish habits to sustain themselves. More experienced practitioners will also find opportunities to assess the impact of the work and develop new ways of responding to it." - Laurie Anne Pearlman, coauthor of Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization and Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy With Incest Survivors

"Healthcare workers are born to help others. But they pay the price of that particular passion in burnout, vicarious traumatization, and compassion fatigue. Few experts know more about these things than Francoise Mathieu. For years, she has been advising healthcare institutions and giving workshops to help nurses, doctors, and other healthcare providers recognize and deal with these challenges, and now her wisdom is available in an easy-to-read book filled with telling stories and great take-home information. This is a must-read for frontline healthcare providers and their supervisors." - Brian Goldman, host of CBC radio show "White Coat, Black Art"


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It was recommended to me by my doctor ( as a teacher in a difficult demographic) when I suffered a "burnout". Compassion fatigue was new to me and once I read the book, did the exercises and understood what was indeed happening to me, I am on the path to regaining my passion for what I do. Francois Matthieu wrote a book for our nurses, caregivers, PWS, police, counsellors, ....and teachers. This book should be included in all curriculum in Colleges and Universities, all training in staff rooms and passed on through colleagues. It saved me. I returned to my doc ready to help others. Thank you Francoise!
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Finally a totally practical workbook to assist helpers in cushioning the impact of doing caring work. This book is filled with ideas and strategies to keep helpers healthy so that they can continue to do their crucially important work well. The low impact debriefing technique is very useful as are the many self-reflection exercises and examples found throughout. The book is written in a thoughtful and candid manner that is easy to relate to. The author's humour is also appreciated as that is a replenishing tool in and of itself. This book is valuable to both the seasoned helper who is full of accumulated client stories as well as the novice who likely has not been fully prepared in how to protect themselves while doing helping work. It is applicable to a wide range of professionals and informal helpers alike. Thank you for giving helpers this gift so that we can develop a practise to care for ourselves while we care for others.
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This is an insightful and powerful book that provides concrete ideas and tangible steps to mitigate the impact of compassion fatigue for people in the helping professions, people who really care about doing the right thing for people in need. Françoise Mathieu tells us that compassion fatigue is an expected side effect of doing one's job well and that it is not possible to really prevent it. However, it is possible to create and follow a lifestyle/work plan to mitigate its impact. In addition to providing an excellent overview of what compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization are about, the workbook leads the reader through many practices, reflections and activities that support making changes in one's personal and professional life. Additional tools and readings are suggested through the book and these make it a very comprehensive "self-care package". Very well laid out with supporting stories, quotes and anecdotes that breath life into each chapter.
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