Compassion Fatigue in Animal Workers

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What can animal care workers and other professionals do to manage the impact of compassion fatigue in their lives?
Air Date: 6/15/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Jessica Dolce, Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator
jessica dolce Jessica Dolce is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator via the Green Cross of Traumatology. She facilitates compassion fatigue workshops for people who work and volunteer with animals. Her original online classes, available through her website and with The University of Florida's Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program help connect students with the resources they need to be well while they do good work.

With a background in animal welfare and pet care, Jessica brings more than a decade of experience working on companion animal issues to her teaching. She is the author of The Official Guide to Living with DINOS, from her project Dogs In Need Of Space.

Jessica is a certified Humane Education Specialist through the Humane Society of the United States and is currently pursuing her masters in Adult Education at the University of Southern Maine. She is committed to creating transformative learning experiences that benefit people, pets, and our planet.
Compassion Fatigue in Animal Workers
If you've had to take care of someone you love during times of illness, you understand the overwhelming emotional and stress barriers you face on a daily basis.

The American Institute of Stress defines "compassion fatigue" as the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those suffering from consequences of traumatic events.

Compassion fatigue is also known as secondary-traumatic stress disorder, with symptoms relatable to someone with PTSD.

When you think of compassion fatigue, you might think of it only in terms of human care. But, it can occur when you take care of animals as well; it's just not talked about as often.

Why isn't anyone talking about the fatal epidemic in animal workers?

What can animal care workers and other helping professionals do to manage the impact of compassion fatigue in their lives?

Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Jessica Dolce, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss compassion fatigue and how it's just as common in animal workers.