The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization – Digital Version

This workbook is a lifeline for any helping professional facing the physical and emotional exhaustion that can shadow work in the helping professions. Learn how to identify and transform compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.

Please note that access to this eBook is managed through Routledge.com. Prices are in USD.

Also available in print format



The Compassion Fatigue Workbook – Digital Version is a lifeline for any helping professional facing the physical and emotional exhaustion that can shadow work in the helping professions. Since 2001, the activities in this workbook have helped thousands of helpers in the fields of healthcare, community mental health, correctional services, education, and the military.

In addition to a comprehensive description of compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, The Compassion Fatigue Workbook leads the reader through experiential activities designed to target specific areas in their personal and professional lives. It provides concrete strategies to help the reader develop a personalized plan for identifying and transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.


“The author, a compassion fatigue specialist, is well qualified for her role, writing from her extensive experience as a crisis counsellor and a leader in vicarious trauma education in Canada. The Compassion Fatigue Workbook is to be highly recommended for students, practitioners, researchers and educators whose work and study revolve around the helping professions.”

Melanie Hopkins, Forensic Psychotherapist, Priory Secure Services, Berkshire; and Dr. Stephen Goss, Principal Lecturer, Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University.

“Françoise Mathieu’s writing is wonderful: she speaks from the heart, practitioner to practitioner, about the stressors and strains of human service work, particularly those that come from prolonged regular work with traumatized patients and clients. This is a book you help write by yourself and about yourself. That’s why it is the workbook for trauma work.”

Charles R. Figley, Tulane University, Louisiana, USA, and author of Treating Compassion Fatigue

“I am so grateful to Francoise for choosing to write this. The insight, humor, and wisdom found within offer the reader abundant choices on how to work and live sustainably. This workbook will be of great service for individuals, organizations, and institutions for years to come.”

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, trauma worker and coauthor of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

“Healthcare workers are born to help others. But they pay the price of that particular passion in burnout, vicarious traumatization, and compassion fatigue. Few experts know more about these things than Francoise Mathieu. For years, she has been advising healthcare institutions and giving workshops to help nurses, doctors, and other healthcare providers recognize and deal with these challenges, and now her wisdom is available in an easy-to-read book filled with telling stories and great take-home information. This is a must-read for frontline healthcare providers and their supervisors.”

Brian Goldman, host of CBC radio show “White Coat, Black Art”

Access to the digital version of this workbook is managed by Routledge.com and provided through VitalSource. Please note that prices are in USD.


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