Compassion Satisfaction & Compassion Fatigue

Your compassion for those you support can affect you in positive and negative ways. Below are some questions about your experiences, both positive and negative. Consider each of the following questions about you and your current work situation. Select the number that honestly reflects how frequently you experienced these things in the past 30 days.

All answers will be kept strictly confidential. Only composite responses will be shared.

Question Title

* 1. 5=Never 4=Rarely 3=Sometimes 2=Often 1=Very Often

  5 4 3 2 1
I am happy.
I feel connected to others.
I have beliefs that sustain me.
I am the person I always wanted to be.
I am a very caring person.
Note that for the following questions, the scale is reversed.

Question Title

* 2. 1=Never 2=Rarely 3=Sometimes 4=Often 5=Very Often

  1 2 3 4 5
I am preoccupied with more than one person I help.
I get satisfaction from being able to help people.
I jump or am startled by unexpected sounds.
I feel invigorated after working with those I help.
I find it difficult to separate my personal life from my life as a helper.
I am not as productive at work because I am losing sleep over traumatic experiences of a person I help.
I think that I might have been affected by the traumatic stress of those I help.
I feel trapped by my job as a helper.
Because of my helping, I have felt "on edge" about various things.
I like my work as a helper.
I feel depressed because of the traumatic experiences of the people I help.
I feel as though I am experiencing the trauma of someone I have helped.
I am please with how I am able to keep up with Model techniques and protocols.
My work makes me feel satisfied.
I feel worn out because of my work as a helper.
I have happy thoughts and feelings about those I help and how I could help them.
I feel overwhelmed because my case work load seems endless.
I believe I can make a difference through my work.
I avoid certain activities or situations because they remind me of frightening experiences of the people I help.
I am proud of what I can do to help.
As a result of my helping, I have intrusive, frightening thoughts.
I feel "bogged down" by the system.
I have thoughts that I am a "success" as a helper.
I can't recall important parts of my work with trauma victims.
I am happy that I chose to do this work.