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Risk of Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue, also called “vicarious traumatization” or secondary traumatization (Figley, 1995), is defined as the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. It differs from burn-out but can co-exist with burn-out. Compassion Fatigue can occur due to exposure on one case or can be due to a “cumulative” level of trauma (The American Institute of Stress).

As written in the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology guidelines, trauma work requires more than desire and training.  It is crucial that those caring for and addressing the traumatic responses of others care for themselves.  The most experienced and knowledgeable of caregivers are vulnerable to the emotional strain know as compassion fatigue.  Caregivers need to be mindful of the symptoms of compassion fatigue and understand their own emotional vulnerabilities when working with victims of traumatic stress and crisis situations. Caregiver needs to be aware of all components of compassion fatigue, that is the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical and spiritual.  Not monitoring one’s self in any of these domains can increase the risk of compassion fatigue (Green Cross Academy of Traumatology).

Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) requires that those who are volunteering to deploy complete the Compassion Fatigue Self-Test and/or have an interview with a GCAT Compassion Fatigue Specialist prior to deployment.  The Compassion Fatigue Self-Test can be downloaded by clicking here.

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TRAUMATIC STRESS SPECIALITIES

• CERTIFICATION IN FORENSIC TRAUMATOLOGY (C.F.T)
• CERTIFICATION IN BEREAVEMENT TRAUMA (C.B.T.)
• CERTIFICATION IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (C.D.V.)
• CERTIFICATION IN MOTOR VEHICLE TRAUMA (C.M.V.T.)
• CERTIFICATION IN SEXUAL ABUSE (C.S.A.)
• CERTIFICATION IN DISABILITY TRAUMA (C.D.T.)
• CERTIFICATION IN RAPE TRAUMA (C.R.T.)
• CERTIFICATION IN PAIN MANAGEMENT (C.P.M.)
• CERTIFICATION IN STRESS MANAGEMENT (C.S.M.)
• CERTIFICATION IN ILLNESS TRAUMA (C.I.T.)
• CERTIFIED CRISIS CHAPLAIN (C.C.C.)
• CERTIFICATION IN CHILD TRAUMA (C.C.T)
• CERTIFICATION IN CRISIS INTERVENTION (C.C.I.)
• CERTIFICATION IN WAR TRAUMA (C.W.T.)

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crisis management specialities

• CERTIFICATION IN EMERGENCY CRISIS RESPONSE (C.E.C.R.)
• CERTIFICATION IN SCHOOL CRISIS RESPONSE (C.S.C.R.)
• CERTIFICATION IN UNIVERSITY CRISIS RESPONSE (C.U.C.R)
• CERTIFICATION IN CORPORATE CRISIS RESPONSE (C.C.C.R.)

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diplomate credential

The Diplomate distinction is a prestigious credential awarded to members that recognizes their experience in working with survivors of traumatic events and/or crisis management, knowledge, training and level of education.

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fellowship credential

The Fellowship designation is the highest honor the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and National Center for Crisis Management can bestow upon a member. This designation is awarded to Diplomates who have made significant contributions to the field and to the Academy or the Center.

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THE MISSION OF THE ACADEMY

  • INCREASE AWARENESS

    Increase Awareness of Effects of Traumatic Events and Crisis Situations on Human Functioning  

  • LOOK BEYOND PHYSICAL NEEDS

    Enable Professionals to Look Beyond Physical and Safety Needs and also Address Emergent Psychological Needs

  • ESTABLISH STANDARDS

    Improve the Quality of Support and Intervention and Establish Meaningful Standards Among Professionals Across Disciplines

  • TRAINING AND EDUCATION

    Provide Information and Training through it’s Educational Resource Center and Premier Speakers Bureau

  • SUrVIVOR TO THRIVER

    Ultimately to Assist Victims to Become Survivors and then Thrivers