Title

The Impact of Employee Wellness Programs on Mental Health Workers’ Reported Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2013

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Valandra

Abstract

Burnout and Compassion fatigue are topics which are covered in the literature and academic programs. Wellness in order to combat these is also an important topic for helping professionals. This study examined employee wellness programs and their effect on mental health workers’ compassion fatigue and burnout. A mixed-methods model used the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) survey and five open-ended questions relating to the wellness activities. Many barriers and incentives to use of the wellness programs were found and scores were compared with other demographic and programmatic information. Further research should continue to examine mental health workers, specifically, and the impact of environmental support. Continued use of Moos’ Work Environmental Scale (WES) would be beneficial to agencies employing a large number of mental health workers.

Keywords

mental health workers, burnout & compassion fatigue, employee wellness programs

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