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Compassion Fatigue and the Importance of Self-Care

Compassion Fatigue, also know as Vicarious Trauma, occurs when a helping professional develops trauma symptoms as a result of continuously working with traumatized people. To avoid or address the impact of Compassion Fatigue it is essential that educators attend to the ABCs of self-care: Awareness, Balance, and Connection (Pearlman and Saakvinte, 1995). This section is dedicated to information regarding Compassion Fatigue and resources for addressing personal and professional self-care.


Secondary Traumatic Stress- A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals

Dr. Bruce Perry's Free Online Course on Compassion Fatigue- The Cost of Caring

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Helping Traumatized Children Learn

Trauma Sensitive Schools Training Video Series

These short videos from The Wisconsin Department of Public Education provide an excellent overview of what trauma is, what it may look like in the classroom, and best practices for removing barriers to learning for students dealing with trauma.

Featured Item: Calmer Classrooms Resource Guide

Calmer Classrooms is an excellent resource for learning more about the effects of trauma on young people and how we as educators can both  improve the educational outcomes of our students as well as assist in their healing and recovery. This guide is clear and straight forward in its approach and covers important topics such as the impact of abuse and neglect on learning and the importance of self-care for adults working with children dealing with trauma. Click here or on the image below for the entire guide.

The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success

This manual offers an in-depth look at the interconnectedness of issues critical to student academic success in today’s schools. These include a deeper understanding of learning and teaching, as well as the concepts of compassion, compassionate schools, resiliency, and school-community partnerships. Additionally, each Power Point gives a chapter summary that can be used to deepen understanding and facilitate group dialogue, Click on the images below to access content.

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