Sesen Negash, MS, is currently a doctoral student in the Family and Child Sciences Department at Florida State University; Seda Sahin, MS, is a PhD student in Family Studies at Purdue University.
Compassion Fatigue in Marriage and Family Therapy: Implications for Therapists and Clients
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
© 2011 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 1–13, January 2011
How to Cite
Negash, S. and Sahin, S. (2011), Compassion Fatigue in Marriage and Family Therapy: Implications for Therapists and Clients. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37: 1–13. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00147.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Given that marriage and family therapists are exposed to a wide range of circumstances that leave them uniquely vulnerable to experiencing compassion fatigue, it is important to examine the stresses and hazards they face and what those consequences mean for both themselves and clients. It is essential that they identify how compassion fatigue negatively affects the therapeutic relationship and overall treatment outcome as well as that of the personal life of the family therapist. The marriage and family therapist is responsible and ethically obligated to identify and implement ways in which he or she can prevent and remedy compassion fatigue.