When you [help] people you have direct contact with their lives. As you may have found, your compassion for those you [help] can affect you in positive and negative ways. Below are some questions about your experiences, both positive and negative, as a [helper]. Consider each of the following questions about you and your current work situation. Select the number that honestly reflects how frequently you experienced these things in the last 30 days.


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1.I am happy.
2.I am preoccupied with more than one person I [help].
3.I get satisfaction from being able to [help] people.
4.I feel connected to others.
5.I jump or am startled by unexpected sounds.
6.I feel invigorated after working with those I [help].
7.I find it difficult to separate my personal life from my life as a [helper].
8.I am not as productive at work because I am losing sleep over traumatic experiences of a person I [help].
9.I think that I might have been affected by the traumatic stress of those I [help].
10.I feel trapped by my job as a [helper].
11.Because of my [helping], I have felt “on edge” about various things.
12.I like my work as a [helper].
13.I feel depressed because of the traumatic experiences of the people I [help].
14.I feel as though I am experiencing the trauma of someone I have [helped].
15.I have beliefs that sustain me.
16.I am pleased with how I am able to keep up with [helping] techniques and protocols.
17.I am the person I always wanted to be.
18.My work makes me feel satisfied.
19.I feel worn out because of my work as a [helper].
20.I have happy thoughts and feelings about those I [help] and how I could help them.
21.I feel overwhelmed because my case [work] load seems endless.
22.I believe I can make a difference through my work.
23.I avoid certain activities or situations because they remind me of frightening experiences of the people I [help].
24.I am proud of what I can do to [help].
25.As a result of my [helping], I have intrusive, frightening thoughts.
26.I feel “bogged down” by the system.
27.I have thoughts that I am a “success” as a [helper].
28.I can’t recall important parts of my work with trauma victims.
29.I am a very caring person.
30.I am happy that I chose to do this work.