Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience

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A mission to help others heal and regain productive lives is likely what led you to pursue a career in professional caregiving. But what happens when all the accumulated suffering and trauma you’ve witnessed and the pain you’ve experience start to cause problems in your own personal and professional life? Insidious and often steeped in shame, compassion fatigue burnout and traumatic stress are very real issues that members of the caregiving community are not only at risk for but will inevitably confront at some point in their careers. The key is not to suppress or avoid these consequences of caregiving but, instead, to recognize them as normal outcomes from working in the toxic environment of healthcare. In this book the authors combine over seventy years’ worth of professional resilience in treating patients to present a two-part text that first examines the cause of compassion fatigue, followed by a proven, simple five-step solution for healing and a renewed sense of mission. Drawing from their Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience workshop that has been attended by over 100,000 international participants, Drs. Gentry and Dietz address these issues with their readers in ways that are candid, heartfelt, insightful, and most of all—filled with hope.