What is Compassion Fatigue?  

Caring too much for others can hurt

When caregivers focus on others without practicing self-care, destructive behaviors can surface and caregiver wellness suffers. Compassion Fatigue can occur in any individual caregiver, volunteer or professional, and can manifest within organizations who have a mission to care for others. 

Most symptoms of compassion fatigue are normal displays of stress. Apathy, isolation, bottled up emotions and substance abuse are just a few of the common symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now recognized as Compassion Fatigue. 

Awareness is the first step in preventing and overcoming compassion fatigue. If you think you or someone you know might be at risk for compassion fatigue, please take 10 minutes to complete the PROQOL Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue Assessment by B. Hudnall Stamm, offered at no charge. 

  1. Print and fill out the assessment form.
  2. Tally your results-- if your "Burnout Score" is > 50 and/or your "Secondary Stress Score" is >50, you may be at risk for Compassion Fatigue
  3. To review your results in a complimentary session, please email Rosemary at beyondwordswellness@gmail.com or schedule a coaching call through our on-line scheduling process.


For a complimentary wellness coaching session to discuss the results of your Compassion Fatigue Assessment and outline your next steps to achieve wellness, please schedule a 30 minute coaching session: beyondwordswellness@gmail.com.