Compassion fatigue is one of the various forms of suboptimal performance novice counselors may demonstrate. Like burnout, it is a type of impairment that disrupts the counselor’s ability to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships. One of the responsibilities of the clinical supervisor is to determine effective methods of early identification and prevention of this phenomenon. This article will discuss compassion fatigue, related concepts, and strategies clinical supervisors may use to address it.
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