Consider the type of work you do with clients. Does it have: a large volume of demand, exposure to difficult stories of loss, pain, trauma, and suffering, and/or clients that are very complex or face seemingly insurmountable obstacles?
- Where do your stories go? (What do you do at the end of a work day to put difficult stories client away and go home to your friends and family?)
- Were you trained for this? (During your training offer you any education on self-care, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burn-out? If you did, have you attended any further professional development on these topics?)
- What are your particular vulnerabilities? We know that a large percentage of helpers have experienced primary trauma at some point in their past, and that personal characteristics (attuned and empathy) are more vulnerable in developing Compassion Fatigue.
- How do you protect yourself while doing this very challenging work?