Global Compassion Fatigue: A New Perspective in Counselor Wellness
global compassion fatigue, counselor impairment, advocacy, self-awareness, wellness
The Professional Counselor
Explanations of compassion fatigue generally consider the client–counselor relationship as the primary source of challenges to wellness. Because of the nature of the current sociopolitical climate and the increased exposure through media, the counseling profession should consider expanding the influences on compassion fatigue related to current events. This article introduces the concept of global compassion fatigue (GCF), a phenomenon that provides an opportunity for counselor self-awareness. Implications for adopting GCF into the counselor impairment literature include understanding how global events impact counselor development and clinical practice as well as the importance of maintaining a wellness lifestyle to protect against its effects. Counselors’ involvement in advocacy and social justice are also explored as contributors to GCF.
(2019). Global Compassion Fatigue: A New Perspective in Counselor Wellness. The Professional Counselor, 9(4), 272-284.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cps_facarticles/1731