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Compassion Fatigue in Mental Health

Compassion fatigue is a condition characterized by emotional and physical exhaustion leading to a diminished ability to empathize or feel compassion for others, often described as the negative cost of caring. It is sometimes referred to as secondary traumatic stress or burnout.  It is especially relevant to mental health and substance abuse professionals.   Compassion fatigue describes the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of helping others.

This course will explore where this can occur, signs of compassion fatigue, and how to help yourself and others.


This course will award 1 continuing education hour.  Please see the board approval box for course approval information.

Author:  Marci Christopher, M.A., LMHC 
Ms.Christopher M.A., LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida.  She has extensive experience in outpatient practice.   Ms. Christopher has specialized in working with families for over 15 years.

Course Information: 
Relevance and Target Audience:  This course is designed for master’s level counselors and social workers, addiction professionals, and nurses who work with individuals who bring their trauma, mental health difficulties, and substance abuse daily.  
Content level:  Intermediate
Course Format:  This course is offered as a self-paced distance learning format (reading-based online activity)
System Requirements:  This course is offered online.  Internet connection required.

Course Completion Information:  To earn continuing education credit, professionals must register and pay the fee for the course.  They must read the content and demonstrate understanding by earning a minimum score of 70 percent on testing materials.  The certificate of completion will be able to be downloaded after the above is completed. Refunds and Cancellations will be granted upon request with the withdrawal of credit for the course.
For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please call 866-863-4225 or email [email protected] Course ID:  20-903517

CEBroker Provider Number:  50-204
(Ohio SW 50-32249)
CEBroker Course ID: 20–909723
(Ohio SW 20-909727)

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Price $12.00

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