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To Weep For A Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving Paperback – August 20, 2009
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Patricia Smith is the founder and CEO of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project(c), the outreach division of Healthy Caregiving, LLC. As a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist with 20 years of training experience, she writes, speaks and facilities workshops in service of those who care for others in all caregiving professions. Patricia has authored two training manuals, a presenter's guide and a student workbook, titled: Healthy Caregiving: A Guide to Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue: Level 1. Her new book, To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving, is a comprehensive look at compassion fatigue, its causes and symptoms, and how to begin the healing process. With a background in journalism, Patricia's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the San Jose Mercury News where she was a freelance journalist for nearly 20 years.. As training and development manager for the Humane Society Silicon Valley, she created and implemented a critical shelter-wide compassion fatigue project. Her work in this field led to presenting workshops nationwide as a consultant for American Humane, a national organization advocating children and animal rights. Patricia is the recipient of the "Excellence in Writing Award," presented by the National League of American Pen Women. Under her direction, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford received the 2005 "Best Bets" award for its "Healing Arts" program. She was awarded the 2006 Telly Award for her script "Invaders of the National Parks," a documentary on invasive species created for the National Parks Service. Her clients have included the University of California, Santa Cruz; Dominican Hospital; O'Connor Hospital; Jacob's Heart; Hospice Caring Project; Indianapolis Animal Shelter; Veterinarian Oncologists; Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and the Health Projects Center, a State of California social services agency.
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The technical flaws could be overlooked if the content weren't frequently misleading or self-contradictory. For example, the author can't seem to decide whether sufferers of compassion fatigue should be blamed for their suffering, as it accrues due to their lack of "personal responsibility", or whether social, developmental and environmental factors play an important role in compassion fatigue (they do). The most commonly cited source in the book, and there are few, is Albert Einstein. While his genius was undeniable, it won't come as a surprise to anyone that he was not a noted expert in social or workplace psychology.
There's nothing here that you can't obtain for free from a web search, and with a smaller portion of new age claptrap. If you may be suffering from compassion fatigue, do a little research of your own, take one of the many self-assessments available for free on the web, and decide how best to proceed from there.