Compassion Fatigue in the Helping Professions


31st January 2018

Event type Twilight Meeting



The second in the ACAMH Avon Branch’s Compassion Twilight series.

Compassion is the cornerstone of a huge array of helping professions, but what happens when it is eroded? Come and learn about the phenomenon of compassion fatigue, and how it relates to burnout and secondary trauma. These are concepts that it is important for helping professionals to be able to recognise in themselves and others. This talk will give a whistle-stop tour of the background context to research on compassion fatigue and what the evidence suggests is helpful to prevent and lessen it. There will be time for discussion afterwards about how these concepts can relate to work with children and adolescents in particular.

About the speaker

Dr Lucy Maddox is a consultant clinical psychologist based in Bristol. She has worked in different child and adolescent settings, including NHS and third sector and has carried out research into secondary trauma and compassion fatigue in police and NHS populations. She currently works for Action for Children and for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies as their senior clinical advisor.


ACAMH Members £5.00

Non Members £10.00


The final Compassion Twilight Meeting is on ‘Compassion in education settings’
Wednesday 28 March 2018
Speaker: Zoe Pither, Widening Participation Student Support Manager and Independent Wellbeing Practitioner