Most therapists are well versed on the topics of Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Trauma as these concepts have been the subject of considerable research over the last several decades. Compassion Satisfaction is a phenomenon that has been studied less frequently, but represents a vital piece of the therapist experience. This study explores differences in levels of Compassion Satisfaction, first by comparing scores of therapists who work primarily with trauma with therapists who consider themselves generalists. Secondly, this study examines a number of personal and professional factors in order to ascertain which are associated with higher Compassion Satisfaction scores. This study hopes to contribute to the understanding of how Compassion Satisfaction is developed/maintained in a sample of therapists.
Meredith Glick is in private practice in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. She has been providing therapy for individuals, groups, and couples who suffer from trauma disorders. She has presented on numerous topics including: “Developing Tools and Resources for the Treatment of Somatic Symptoms,” “Child Parts and the Complexity of Finding Language,” and “A Therapist’s Sexuality: How Vicarious Trauma can Compromise Intimacy” at the Chicago chapter of the ISSTD. She is currently researching Compassion Satisfaction of Trauma Therapists. She has developed an ongoing process group as well as a psychoeducational groups for trauma survivors. She finds group therapy to be an incredibly effective tool in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dr. Dawn Livorsi is a faculty member in the School of Social Work at Aurora University. Additionally, she sees children, adolescents, adults, and families on an outpatient basis at her office in Schaumburg. Dr. Livorsi has provided clinical services in a variety of therapeutic environments, including residential, community, outpatient, and school settings. She is passionate about working with individuals impacted by sexual and physical abuse and is particularly invested in helping create better outcomes for youth considered to be at-risk. Her dissertation explored the relationship between quality attachment and conduct disordered behavior in adolescent males. Dr. Livorsi hopes to continue exploring how attachment and relationship can positively impact vulnerable populations.