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Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (Norton Professional Books) Hardcover – March 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0393704228 ISBN-10: 039370422X Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Norton Professional Books
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039370422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393704228
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of useful ideas and practices for almost anyone who is struggling to take care of a human in need. (Greater Good, Matthew Wheeland) REVIEW: Very useful to practicing psychotherapists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, and especially those in training. (Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Paula Hensley)

About the Author

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1976. Author of 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery and the best-selling The Body Remembers, and member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, she gives lectures and professional trainings around the world. She is the editor of Norton's 8 Keys to Mental Health Series. She lives in Los Angeles.

Marjorie Rand lives in Manhattan Beach, California.

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My problem with this book is that it could have been three times shorter.
Marina Tonkonogy
For those who are interested in neurophysiology, this book covers cutting edge theories and research, including the recent discovery of mirror neurons.
Helping Professional
The book is well set out and is full of practical strategies to apply whilst working with clients.
Ms. Jyoti Thomas

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Helping Professional on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read Help for the Helper cover to cover as soon as it arrived and all I can say is WOW and THANK YOU!! This is a book that addresses the needs of helping professionals--all sorts! Babette Rothschild begins the book with a preface on "Common Sense;" something we all need for taking care of ourselves (and our clients, for that matter). She's become a kind of champion of Common Sense in psychology and I'm glad to see her apply this important life-tool to the self-care of professionals. Her three central chapters begin with theory of neurophysiology: on Empathy, Arousal and Clear Thinking. She then goes on to outline things we can easily do to combat the consequences of our work and avoid burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Though the book examples are pointed to psychotherapists, the theory and the exercises will be useful to anyone (like me) in the helping professions. One thing that stands out is that she underscores us each finding the tools that help us best. She offers expert advice without having to be "the" expert. Consistent with her advocacy of common sense, she knows that each professional has to find his or her optimal combination of resources. For those who are interested in neurophysiology, this book covers cutting edge theories and research, including the recent discovery of mirror neurons. For the psychotherapist, sections on countertransference and projective identification offer a fresh view on these core concepts. I believe that anyone in the helping professions, including those who pitch in following disasters, will find this book to be a huge help for their own well-being.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Helayne Van Sickle on February 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
this is an excellent resource book both for personal as well as professional reasons. i wish this book was available 30 + years ago when I started my journey of helping others. this book should be included into the required reading of any psych/counseling curriculum.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jyoti Thomas on June 1, 2011
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This book is just fabulous. I found it to be packed full of easy to read, easy to understand tips for those working with traumatised clients in their workplace.
The book is well set out and is full of practical strategies to apply whilst working with clients. It also gives a thorough overview about trauma and
how it effects the body and how vicarious trauma occurs. Clear case studies help one to fully understand how the strategies work.
I found I was on the brink of burnout and the useful easy to
apply ideas in this book made a huge difference in managing the symptoms of vicarious trauma.
It gave me skills I will continue to use for many years to come.
I'd highly recommend this one.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Lapinski on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am so glad I was assigned this book in social work school. I experienced compassion fatigue shortly before reading this book after witnessing a particularly traumatic hospitalization. The book superbly described to me what I was experiencing and made me more at ease. I already meditate, but the book has that and other excellent self-care suggestions that all in the helping professions should be aware of.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marina Tonkonogy on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My problem with this book is that it could have been three times shorter. I agree with one of the reviewers that it is way too heavy on a physiology of empathy, but I do not have a problem learning about neurological aspects of interpersonal experience in therapy as long as they are concise and fit in the context of a practical help. My major dissatisfaction with this book is that even practical solutions that the author is offering seem to be not practical at all. I'd much rather learn about some general strategies for recognizing the upcoming problem from the empathetic involvement with clients at early stages of therapy and some general criteria for making a decision about either continuing to work with them or referring them out. I don't think that all those tedious exercises that the author suggests really help one cover oneself with a protective blanket and make them invulnerable to a "compassion fatigue". Don't know. May be they could help some, but they certainly wouldn't help me. Last, but not least, as I mentioned in the beginning, the redundancy in this book is very annoying. The ideas that the author presents are great and make perfect sense, but, my God, why does she need to repeat the same point over and over again in a thousand of different ways! F.i, when she talks about mimicking and describes the whole history, physiology and nuerobiology of this behavior, the main point that she is trying to convey is that we all mimick other people and that it is a natural human way of interacting with others. Why not just say so and use two pages to communicate this point instead of 50?
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More About the Author

The best-selling author of The Body Remembers, Babette is releasing a new book dedicated to trauma recovery, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery. Self-help readers, therapy clients, and therapists alike will find the eight keys--drawn from Rothschild's decades of experience--a clear and compassionate guide.

Babette continues to write, currently working on book #5 and editing a series of 8 Keys books. Several months a year you will find her traveling the globe as a popular lecturer, traininer, and consultant.

You are welcome to contact Babette by email: babette@trauma.cc or babette@8keys.cc. And please go to You Tube to see her latest video clip (you will need to copy the URL and paste it into your browser):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhuzpUlaX_k

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