Session: Uses of Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Secondary Traumatic Stress across Human Service Contexts (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

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147 Uses of Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Secondary Traumatic Stress across Human Service Contexts

Friday, January 13, 2023: 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Maryvale A, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Cluster: Mental Health
Symposium Organizer:
Yvonne Smith, PhD, Syracuse University
Charles Figley, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
This symposium invites dialogue between scholars whose research examines how human service providers draw on the idea of compassion fatigue and related concepts like vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress (abbreviated here as CF/VT/STS) to make claims, diffuse conflict, solicit support, and work toward solutions, both for themselves and for their clients. Our aim is to put a rich body of social work research on the impacts of these overlapping constructs in conversation with their pragmatic uses by workforces in real-world contexts of practice. One line of research focuses on how human service providers conceptualize the experience and impact of routinely interacting with people affected by trauma, what Figley (1995) has succinctly referred to as the “costs of caring.� A second line of research focuses on clarifying the constructs of CF/VT/STS in order to measure the occurrence of the phenomena, identify their correlates, and ultimately reduce their negative effects. A key dimension of this line of inquiry has involved disambiguating these related terms in order to design appropriate interventions. As this body of research has developed, CF/VT/STS have increasingly entered the popular lexicon. During the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, accounts have emerged of a parallel epidemic of CF/VT/STS as health care and human service workers globally struggled to cope with increasing workloads, new risks to their own safety, new formats of service provision, and increasing exposure to illness, death, and grief. In addition to reporting what some practitioners experience and scholars aim to define and address, this symposium is motivated by the idea that CF/VT/STS is also something that human service providers use. In addition to considering the impacts of these constructs, we ask how they are actively employed by human service workers, supervisors, clients, and others, and to what effect.
* noted as presenting author
Exposure to Client Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and the Health of Clinical Social Workers: A Mediation Analysis
Jacquelyn Lee, PhD, University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Ruth Gottfried, Ph.D., David Yellin Academic College of Education; Brian Bride, PhD, Georgia State University
Uses of Compassion Fatigue: Findings of Two Ethnographic Studies of Human Service Workers
John Doering-White, PhD, University of South Carolina; Yvonne Smith, PhD, Syracuse University
Conceptual Drift in Social Work's Definition of Compassion Fatigue
Brian Bride, PhD, Georgia State University
Provider Wellbeing in Team-Based Primary Care: Mitigating Burnout for Mental Health Care Providers
Peter Sheffield, MSW, University of Toronto; Rachelle Ashcroft, PhD, University of Toronto; Matthew Menear, PhD, Université Laval; Simone Dahrouge, PhD, Bruyere Research Institute; Jose Silveira, MD FRCPC Dip. ABAM, St. Joseph's Health Centre; Kwame McKenzie, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Wellesley Institute
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