In life, getting dealt a hand of ACEs is surely not the thrill that it is in a card game. But thanks to the ACE study, communities are developing creative ways to intervene and prevent intergenerational transmission of the issues caused by high ACE scores.
No longer can we look the other way and assume that these deaths are confined to a certain type, class, race, or gender of person. Fifty-two people die from overdose every single day. This cause of death now outranks motor vehicle accident deaths.
You don't have to tell Martha Teater about the mental health crisis in Africa. She's witnessed the tragedy with her own eyes. Here she describes her time spent at the only Zambian psychiatric hospital where the patients appear to be either clearly psychotic and agitated, or over medicated to the point of drooling and appearing almost catatonic.
The same CBT techniques that you may suggest to your clients can be equally beneficial to you in preventing compassion fatigue. If thoughts identified in a distressing situation involve a “what if” or “worst case scenario” thinking pattern, a technique from the book Overcoming Compassion Fatigue can help. Bonus: Free worksheet "De-Catastrophizing When Thinking the Worst."
Yankees pitching sensation C.C. Sabathia has announced that he will miss the post-season this year to get treatment for a drinking problem. People who know him are saying they didn't realize he had a drinking problem. Are we also missing signs in the people we serve?
Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC,is a Diplomate with the Academy for Cognitive Therapy and is a practicing cognitive-behavioral therapist. She has maintained a private practice for over 27 years and has worked in primary care settings, free clinics, and medication-assisted treatment programs. Martha is a Red Cross disaster mental health manager and has been on many national disaster deployments where she provides support to traumatized people. She is also involved with the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces to develop programs to support military and veteran families.
She has provided trainings in the United States and internationally on topics such as evidence-based treatments for trauma, DSM-5®, compassion fatigue, and behavioral treatment of chronic pain. A prolific writer, Martha has published over 175 articles in newspapers and magazines, including Psychotherapy Networker and Family Therapy Magazine. Martha is the co-author (with John Ludgate) of Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Resilience Workbook (PESI, 2014) and (with Don Teater) Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope (PESI, 2017).
Financial: Martha Teater maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Martha Teater is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.