Empathy Fatigue

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Empathy Fatigue

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Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors

Author: Mark A. Stebnicki PhD, LPC, CRC, CCM

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Many mental health practitioners present symptoms that are consistent with their clients' anxiety and stress-related disorders. It comes as no surprise, then, that "counselor impairment" - the stress that comes from treating survivors of traumatic events - is now officially recognized by the American Counseling Associations' Task Force on Counselor Wellness.

"Empathy Fatigue" is a term coined by the author after his own experience serving on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Remarkably, symptoms of empathy fatigue are evident amongst a broad range of professionals: those who treat victims of stressful and traumatic events; those who treat persons with abuse, mood, anxiety, and stress-related disorders; as well as those who work in career and vocational settings or with people with mental and physical disabilities. This guide is also meant for all these groups.

This book provides a repertoire of strategies, techniques, and insight designed to increase personal resiliency and decrease counselor burnout and fatigue:

  • Self-assessment approaches, with an in-depth analysis of empathy fatigue and an explanation of this phenomenon from a mind, body, and spiritual perspective.
  • Detailed case studies and suggested questions for self-assessments and self-care.
  • A variety of self-care approaches, providing guidelines to counselors and clinicians to identify their own emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion.
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Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 19, 2008
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115447
  • EISBN 9780826115553

About The Author(s) 

Mark A. Stebnicki

Mark Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, CRC, CCM, is a Professor and Director of the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at East Carolina University. He has over 18 years experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health issues and acquired chronic health conditions.

Dr. Stebnicki served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. He has consulted with former President Bill Clinton's staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999). His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation (2001) for its vision and excellence in the area of youth violence prevention.

Table of Contents 

    Introduction
    Part I:
  1. A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Empathy Fatigue: Analyzing the Critical Pathways
  2. Comparing and Contrasting Professional Fatigue Syndromes
  3. Empathy as a Way of Being
  4. Theoretical Empathy Fatigue: Measuring Fatigue Reactions of the Mind, Body, and Spirit
  5. Empathy Fatigue as the Wounded Spirit and Soul of the Helper
  6. The Neuroscience of Empathy

  7. Part II:
    Introduction to Part II
  8. A Call for Integral Approaches in Healing Empathy Fatigue
  9. The Roots of Self-Care: An Overview of Western and Non-Western Approaches to Healing Empathy Fatigue

  10. Part III:
    Introduction to Part III
  11. The Resiliency Advantage in Healing Empathy Fatigue
  12. An Assessment of Empathy Fatigue: Research Considerations
  13. The Role of Clinical Supervisors in Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Empathy Fatigue
  14. Foundational Practices of Self-Care: Breathing, Listening, and Awareness Meditation
  15. Foundational Practices of Self-Care: Guided, Contemplative, Walking and Visualization Meditation
  16. Counselors as Modern Day Shamans: Finding the Healer Within
  17. Show-up, Pay Attention, and Be Open to the Outcomes: A Three-Step Personal Growth Program to Restore Harmony and Balance

  18. References
    Appendix I: Special Resource List for Self-Care
    Index

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