Compassion Fatigue Resources for Organizations
with Jessica Dolce, MS CCFE
Animal welfare work is deeply rewarding, but it can also come with high costs to those who provide such valuable services. Staff engaged in animal welfare work are particularly susceptible to secondary traumatic stress (STS) because of the vulnerable nature of the animals they care for, the high volume and unpredictable nature of their jobs, and a relative lack of psychological protection. This inevitably takes a toll on staff well-being and the organization’s ability to deliver high quality care and make an impact.
Staff self-care is a necessary component of increasing resilience and reducing the impact of trauma exposure, but not sufficient on its own.
Along with individual efforts, there must be organizational investments. There are a number of practices & policies organizations can implement, over time, to reduce occupational risk and promote staff resilience in order to create a healthier workplace.
Assessment for Organizations
There are a number of practices & policies organizations can implement over time to reduce stress and distress and promote staff resilience.
The first step to create a healthier workplace? Take an assessment!
Free Compassion Fatigue Webinar
Understand the basics of compassion fatigue in animal welfare work with this free recorded webinar - perfect for onboarding new employees or as a refresher for leadership.
Coming Spring 2021!
Taking an organizational assessment is a solid first step in creating a healthier workplace.
Currently, there are no assessments specific to animal welfare organizations, but the Vicarious Trauma—Organizational Readiness Guide (VT–ORG) is an excellent tool for shelters, animal control, and veterinary clinics to utilize.
Making time for this assessment is an important step in taking organizational responsibility for addressing compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and vicarious trauma.
Understanding the Assessment:
What is this assessment?
What is vicarious trauma?
How will it help us?
Who created it?
What does it assess?
Who takes it?
How should we share it and collect the data?
Where can we learn more?
VT-ORG Victim Services Assessment
A good fit for animal shelter, animal care, or advocacy organizations.
VT-ORG Law Enforcement Assessment
This is a better fit for animal protection and investigation services.