compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, self-care, helping professions, fieldwork


Education | Social Work


Sally Pelon, Phd, LMSW


This project was completed for students who are entering or actively completing fieldwork in the helping professions. It includes a pamphlet, annotated bibliography, and reflective essay. The pamphlet includes information on the signs of secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue, as well as ways to prevent and combat them. The annotated bibliography summarizes and analyzes the importance of the sources used to complete the pamphlet. The reflective essay is an honest account of the author's own struggles with secondary traumatic stress and burnout, and the process of combating them while simultaneously completing this project.

Additional Files

Reflective Essay.pdf (70 kB)
Reflective Essay

Annotated Bibliography.pdf (151 kB)
Annotated Bibliography