Help is given in finding some scholarly literature pieces related to how a lack of self-compassion causes compassion fatigue among social workers.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 8:11 am ad1c9bdddf
Welcome back! Kindly rate 5 for my ideas and references. The need for self-compassion is eminent, as one source recommends:
Decker, J. T., Constantine Brown, J. L., Ong, J., & Stiney-Ziskind, C. A. (2015). Mindfulness, Compassion Fatigue, and Compassion Satisfaction among Social Work Interns. Social Work & Christianity, 42(1), 28-42.
Citing an ancient Native American teaching that "each time you heal someone, you give away a piece of yourself until, at some point, you will require healing" (28), this mantra is true in social work. The article indicates how practicing spirituality in its myriad forms "including, but not limited to, prayer, meditation, breathing exercises, giving back, and mindfulness" (29) can help to reduce compassion fatigue.
In particular, its connection to the field is further delineated: "Interest from social work into the benefits of mindfulness has grown considerably in the last ten years. Mindfulness, as it relates to social work practice, can be defined as "the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding moment to moment" (Germer, Siegel & Fulton, 2005, pp. 6-7)" (29).
The authors refer to former studies to articulate the "benefits of mindfulness as an intervention for caring ...
400 words of notes and references briefly describe the topic of Compassion Fatigue and how it affects social workers and other helping professionals.