Reflection On Burnout And Compassion Fatigue

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In an interview with a clinician in a Chicago Hospice dealing with marriage and family therapy among individuals and families who are in crisis, the clinician termed burnout and compassion fatigue as the most challenging aspects of his work. Burnout and compassion fatigue is brought about by instances of empathy for the patients as well as failing to meet productivity standards. The clinician said that they use self-reflection to deal with the challenges of burnout and compassion fatigue. The self-reflection strategies help the interviewee to identify the emotions they are feeling and the reasons behind such feelings. Such may be as a result of non-work related activities, which would help out in distinguishing between the two. The interviewee opined that they perform a critical function for those facing risks related to suicide and self-harm. The interventions also include direct counseling, education, active listening, and unconditional acceptance. The clinician also reported giving the client the tools needed to survive their health crisis and thus start a long-term healing process. The clinician reported that they respond to indicators and reports of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual violence with individuals and families in crisis by watching for changes in behavior. The clinician also said that he gently asks questions about any worries regarding their loved ones to ascertain any cases of violence. The clinician reported that self-care helps MFTs

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