Compassion Fatigue Resources

Below is a listing of some key resources, both books and websites. We include the resources that have been of benefit to our program and have been useful to our workshop participants.  

Stress and Your Health:

  • When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection, by Gabor Mate, M.D.  2003.

How to Change the Way We Think:

  • The Emotional Life of Your Brain, by Richard Davidson. 2012.
  • Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, by Sharon Begley. 2007.  The Dalai Lama posed the question to western neuroscientists: Can thought change the way the brain functions? The answer is filled with hope for all ages: yes.

Mindfulness and yoga, both the physical and intellectual components, can help rewire the brain - yoga is a tool for neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to change. As it turns out, science has shown us that attention is indispensable for neuroplasticity.” (p. 158) A fundamental benefit of yoga is the fostering of the ability to be aware, to pay attention to the present.

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma:

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  • The Compassion Fatigue Workbook, by Francoise Mathieu. 2012.
  • Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. 2009.

“Reading this book is like looking into a mirror. We will see ourselves much more clearly, will understand ourselves much better and will come up with better ways of being It and of doing It. Compassion, yes Compassion is Happiness itself. Enjoy.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

  • The Trauma Stewardship Institute
  • Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma, by Babette Rothschild, 2006.  Give special attention to Chapter 3 for insights as to why yoga can be an extremely helpful tool in overcoming compassion fatigue.

“Again, common sense. The more adept you become at recognizing, tracking an evaluating the level of arousal in your own body, the better you will be able to regulate your arousal and mediate your own risks for compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout.” (p. 104) This awareness of both physical and mental conditions is a key in any yoga practice.

Compassion Fatigue:



  • Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Lessby Carol Krucoff, E-RTY
  • Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression by Bo Forbes. 2011.
  • Yoga as Medicine, by Dr. Timothy McCall.  Random House, 2008.  (General introduction to the value of yoga; different chapters address different clinical issue)

Organizational Health

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