Faculty Articles

Title

Global Compassion Fatigue: A New Perspective in Counselor Wellness

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2019

Publication Title

The Professional Counselor

Volume

9

Issue/Number

4

First Page

272

ISSN

2164-3989

Last Page

284

Abstract/Excerpt

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.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.15241/aer.9.4.272

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