Understanding the "costs of caring"
Compassion fatigue (CF)
a profound emotional and physical exhaustion
develops in helping professionals
Vicarious trauma (VT)
a shift in a helper's world view as a result of hearing clients' trauma stories
Operational Stress Injury (OSI)
a non-clinical, non-medical term referring to a persistent psychological difficulty
caused by traumatic experiences or prolonged high stress or fatigue during service as a military member or first responder.
a term widely used that describes physical and emotional exhaustion due to poor work satisfaction and feeling powerless and overwhelmed at work
CMHA Ontario (2019). Operational Stress Injury. Retrieved
Matieu, F. (2012). The compassion fatigue workbook. New York, NY: Routledge.