Compassion Fatigue is a term that many of us have heard and usually associate with helping professions. This can include healthcare workers, those in social services, behavioral health specialists and educators who often choose their profession because they want to help people. But exposure to the trauma and suffering of others on a regular basis can have a deep impact on these workers. “Compassion fatigue” is a response to the stress of caring for people at times of crisis and is often referred to as the cost of caring.
The transition from high school to college entails many changes and is often stressful for both students and parents. Students are facing significant changes in their lives, with a new sense of autonomy and freedom to make their own choices. Parents may feel their guidance and ability to help their child develop into better decision makers are diminished. They may have concerns about the student’s living situation, activities away from home, safety and personal well-being.