Friday, February 3, 2012

A New CF Resource for Helping Professionals ...

I have just finished reading my friend and colleague, Francoise Mathieu's, new, revised, and expanded edition of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook and it's a keeper.

Written in Francoise' trademark bright and informal style, the book synthesizes basic compassion fatigue theory from experts such as Charles Figley, Beth Stamm, Eric Gentry, Anna Baranowsky, Babette Rothschild, Laura Lipsky, Laurie Anne Pearlman and Karen Saakvitne, and others.

In addition, she offers sage, practical strategies for reducing CF risk and increasing CF resilience including the use of low-impact disclosure in informal debriefings, tracking stressors, improving work-life balance, self-care, relaxation and stress reduction, and committing to change.

This workbook will be particularly useful to helpers at the beginning of their professional lives, as they establish healthy patterns for sustaining themselves in their work. It will also appeal to those of us who are of sufficient years to have missed newly-discovered CF information in our original training programs.

So, congratulations to Francoise!  And, if you're interested in purchasing a copy of her workbook, you can go to her website store and find one there. Enjoy!

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