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Resources

 

Here are a few of my favorites (check ’em all out, no matter what field you’re in – what’s good for a nurse is good for an animal control officer is good for a personal caregiver!):

 

Good places to start:

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

TEND Academy

Compassion Fatigue 101

Assessments:

Professional Quality of Life (ProQol) Test

Self Care Assessment

Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment (STSI-OA)

 

Compassion Fatigue Resources For Animal Welfare Workers:

AVMA’s Wellness and Peer Assistance

Humane Society for Shelter Pets resources

HSUS Animal Sheltering articles

Compassion Fatigue – a primer by Enid Traisman, DoveLewis

VetGirl webinar: Suicide in Veterinary Medicine 

AVMA webinar: Staying Afloat Professional Stress and Wellbeing

Suicide Awareness in Veterinary Education  – U of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (hotline assistance available to all animal care + welfare professionals)

In Defense of Animals Council of Sustainable Activism

Dr. Michele Gaspar: Healing the Wounded Healer

Patricia Smith 3 Part Webinar on Compassion Fatigue for Petsmart Charities

DVM360 Burden of Care

NOMV (Not One More Vet) for veterinarians and veterinary students

 

Articles by Jessica:

IAABC: Compassion Fatigue Education (what you should know, if you want to hire or be a CF educator)

HeARTs Speak: Self-Care Tips (downloadable PDF!)

 

Organizational Health in Sheltering:

Euthanasia-related strain and coping strategies

Employee turnover in animal shelters

Improving Organizational Communication

The People Practices Self-Check

Hiring the Right People for Your Culture 

Please Curb Your Volunteer

 

Compassion Fatigue Resources In Other Fields:

Headington Institute (excellent site geared towards humanitarian aid workers)

Hearts in Healthcare

The Schwartz Center for compassionate healthcare

The Caregiver Space (for personal caregivers)

The Garrison Institute (aid workers)

The Joyful Heart Foundation 

 

Self Care + Stress Management:

University of Buffalo School of Social Work (self care toolkit)

Dr. Emma Seppala: The Science of Well-Being

Top 12 Self-Care Tips by Francoise Mathieu

 

Meditation + Mindfulness

Simple, guided recordings on my SoundCloud page

The Open Heart Project (free meditation videos)

Self Guided Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Headspace (offers free memberships to nonprofits) and Whil are both awesome

 

Books

When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Profession by Kathleen Ayl, PsD

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

The Compassion Fatigue Workbook by Francoise Mathieu

Give to Your Heart’s Content, Without Giving Yourself Away by Linda Harper PhD

Animal Friendly – Customer Smart: People Skills for Animal Shelters by Jan Elster

 

Self Compassion by Kristen Neff, PhD

Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Full Catastrophe Living by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Real Happiness at Work by Sharon Salzberg

Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace in the Midst of War by Marianne Elliott

The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love by Nell Lake

 

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin Seligman

Bouncing Back Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham

Rising Strong and The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown, PhD

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

 

Handouts

(popular handouts from my workshops and online class)

Limited Impact Disclosure created by Francoise Mathieu, Compassion Fatigue Solutions

Self-Care Guidelines developed by The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

ProQOL assesment created by Beth Stamm