Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Counselor Education and Supervision
Kaethe P. Ferguson
As major stakeholders in the helping profession, counselors and other mental health professionals are prepared to assist clients in coping with intensely painful and traumatic experiences. While assisting their clients in processing traumatic events (e.g., natural disasters, violent crimes, grief, accidents, terrorist attacks), however, some professional helpers may become overwhelmed themselves and thereby experience compassion fatigue and/or burnout. This study will evaluate whether certain personal and professional factors in counselors—including objectivism in decision-making and religious beliefs and activities—are related to their ability to avoid compassion fatigue and/or burnout.
Smith, Brenda J..
"Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Objectivism and Religious Activities/Beliefs in Practitioners"
(2009). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), dissertation, , Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/n0fa-6t21