As stated by Myers (1992), wellness, prevention and developmental approaches in counseling are the cornerstone of the counseling profession. Wellness needs to be emphasized, not only from the client but also from the professional counselor perspective. The value of the wellness behavior for the helping professional is well documented by several entities including the American Counseling Association, which has embraced wellness from a comprehensive, holistic perspective (Myers, 2014). The aim of this study was to examine a group of school counselors to obtain data regarding compassion satisfaction, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Another goal was to determine the correlation between wellness behavior and compassion satisfaction, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Data was collected using the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL-Version 5, 2010), the Self-Care Assessment Worksheet, and a demographic questionnaire. The results indicated overall satisfactory professional quality of life and self-care behaviors. The data, showed a positive correlation between engaging in self-care behaviors and compassion satisfaction. A positive correlation was also found between burnout and compassion fatigue, and a negative correlation was found between burnout and those engaging in self-care behaviors.
Mayorga, Mary G.; DeVries, Sabina; and Wardle, Ann
"School Counselors’ Wellness Behavior and its Effect on Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Compassion Satisfaction,"
Louisiana Journal of Counseling: Vol. 24:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalscholar.lsuhsc.edu/ljc/vol24/iss1/5