The challenges and pressures of working in a correctional facility make those staff a high-risk group for compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue has typically been studied in clinical professions where staff work with victims of trauma. However, there is a growing body of literature on the experiences of compassion fatigue in corrections staff. This presentation aims to begin the conversation with helping recognize understand and manage the damaging effects of compassion fatigue.
Contact hours: 1 hour
1. Define compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and burnout
2. Describe the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL)
3. Review the causes, consequences and strategies for managing compassion fatigue.
About the Presenter: Ashley Jorgensen, LCSW, CCHP-MH has worked as a mental health provider for over thirteen years. The majority of her career has been in correctional settings, including juvenile corrections, adult corrections, and recently at a county jail. She has experience working in outpatient mental health and hospital settings. Ashley is an adjunct professor at College of Western Idaho and Purdue Global University. Ashley is currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Forensic Psychology. Her dissertation topic is on compassion fatigue in corrections officers.
Content = 50 minutes
Q&A/Evaluation = 10 minutes
No Financial Disclosures
No other education committee members have disclosed any financial interest or
relationships with a commercial entity.
Compassion Fatigue in Corrections has been approved by NBCC for NBCC 1 credit. The Academy of Correctional Health Professionals is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4107.