The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) say that:
“Being a professional involved in delivering talking therapies is a fantastic career, with huge personal satisfaction that can come from connecting with and helping others. It can also be stressful and challenging at times, especially in the face of cuts to services and other systemic stressors.
It is really important to look after yourself in order to be able to look after others. Just like the flight metaphor of putting on your own oxygen mask before helming someone else on an aeroplane, we need to be feeling as good as possible in order to have energy and focus to help other people.
We have pulled together some information and resources which we think are helpful. If there are other resources you find helpful feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest that they are added to the list.
Some definitions to be aware of:
Compassion is the feeling of empathy for another’s suffering and the desire to do something to alleviate that suffering.
Compassion Fatigue is the gradual lessening of compassion over time due to repeated demands …
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