The Pain of Helping

Psychological Injury of Helping Professionals

By Patrick J. Morrissette

© 2004 – Routledge

176 pages

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Paperback: 9780415945523
pub: 2004-07-27
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About the Book

The purpose of The Pain of Helping is to provide a source that identifies, condenses, and consolidates information pertaining to psychological injury. In addition to providing details regarding construct definition, information pertaining to symptomatology, assessment instruments (e.g. structured interview, questionnaires), treatment options, leading theoreticians, journals, books, and web sites are also included. This book will serve as a primary source and directory for additional information pertaining to psychological injury. To date, there has not been a concerted effort to synthesize and consolidate the literature of psychological injury and present this valuable information in a systematic and methodological fashion.


"This book adds to our knowledge and understanding of psychological injury. Each chapter provides an overview, a symptomatology chart and additional resources. You will find extensive reviews of up-to-date literature. Many nurse managers in emergency departments will find this book of interest as well as nurses undergoing the traumatolgy process." -- Journal of Accident and Emergency Nursing, Bob Wright, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Crisis Care

Table of Contents





Chapter 1:Traumatology: An Overview

Chapter 2:Stress

Chapter 3:Acute Stress Disorder

Chapter 4:Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Chapter 5: Compassion Fatigue/ Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder

Chapter 6: Critical Incident Stress

Chapter 7: Vicarious Traumatization

Chapter 8: Burnout

About the Series

Psychosocial Stress Series

The Psychosocial Stress Series includes books that make important contributions to theory, research, assessment, treatment, and policy on the causes and consquences of stress and trauma.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling