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Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Helping the Helpers

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Publication Date: March 2003

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Jacinto Inbar; Michael Ganor

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 79-2/3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)
Social conditions (Psychology)

Keywords: Trauma; Social Work; Mental Health

Type: Report


This article deals with the psychological effects of exposure to continuous trauma events on professionals, who themselves are in need of supportive interventions. These professionals, who are in the secondary circle of trauma, experience compassion fatigue or emotional burnout. Structured interventions are now in place to strengthen the resilience of helping professionals.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.79 no.2-3, Winter-Spring 2002-2003.