Addressing Compassion Fatigue: An Ethical Mandate

“Working with clients in trauma can impact lawyers who represent children in the child welfare system, both personally and professionally.  Prolonged or repeated exposure to the abuse and neglect suffered by child victims can result in an acute form of burnout called compassion fatigue.  However, child lawyers, unlike other helping professionals, rarely have language for this loss of capacity nor support systems in place to combat it.  Large caseloads, inadequate resources and systems that sometimes re-victimize instead of rehabilitate, leave practitioners feeling ineffective, incompetent and lacking compassion. These conditions compromise the child lawyer’s ethical duty to provide competent representation. Speakers focus on preventative and responsive strategies for solo practitioners, agency lawyers and leaders who manage child lawyers, as well as the ethical implications of compassion fatigue on child representation.” – American Bar Association

Trenny Stovall, Esq., DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center, Decatur, GA (moderator)
Alexandra Dolan, MSS, LSW, Support Center for Child Advocates, Philadelphia, PA
Josh Spitalnick, PhD, ABPP, Adjunct Asst. Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University SOM, Atlanta, GA
Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC., Co-Executive Director, TEND, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Danielle Lynch, Esq.,  Supervising Attorney. DeKalb Child Advocacy Center, Decatur, GA

To listen in, click here: http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/childrights/materials.html 

American Bar Association Documents

CBC radio show on nurse bullying

This White Coat Black Art show aired in September 2011, but I hadn’t had a chance to listen to it yet. Click here to listen to Dr Brian Goldman investigate the phenomenon of nurse bullying. There is a great interview with Kathleen Bartholomew, author of “Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat their Young and Each Other.” It certainly fits with what I’ve heard from nurses across Canada. An alarming situation.

Listen to this week’s episode of White Coat Black Art: Public Health, Private Lives

Click here for the podcast version of this week’s show, featuring Daniel Carlat, author of the the new book “Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry – A Doctor’s Revelations about a Profession in Crisis”, Dr Raj Sherman, the former Progressive Conservative member in Alberta who was recently booted from caucus because of his openly critical views of the government’s stance towards health care and overcrowding in ERs. Also on the show is Françoise Mathieu talking about chronic stress among health care workers and the cost of caring.

CBC's White Coat Black Art – Show on Compassion Fatigue

Françoise Mathieu participates in this radio show on physician burnout. Click here for Podcast of CBC’s White Coat Black Art, November 17, 2008.