137 Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma in Vegan Activism – with Steven Dawson, LCSW
This week we’re talking to Steven Dawson, LCSW, about burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma within vegan activism and veganism in general. We managed to touch on additional related topics, including how to deal with the guilt of feeling like you’re not doing enough and how to build a better vegan movement through trauma-informed community building.
In This Episode
Y’all. Y’all y’all y’all. We are so excited to release this episode!!! We had a long and fascinating conversation with Steven Dawson, LCSW about the ills that befall many an activist: burnout, compassion fatigue, feeling like you’re not doing enough. The conversation took many interesting twists and turns along related topics and even though our discussion clocked in at nearly two hours, we could’ve talked to Steven for the rest of the day.
Please see below for several resources that related to the discussion we had in this episode!
Favorite Quote from Episode
The opposite of anxiety is curiosity
The Four S’s
Safety, Security, being Seen and being Soothed
Joke in the Middle
Why are bananas never lonely?
Online Assessment Tools
Burnout Self-Test (MindTools)
Compassion Fatigue Self-Assessment (Healthy Place)
Checklists and Measures – Vicarious Trama (Social Work Buffalo)
In Defense of Animals
IDA’s Animal Activist Helpline
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time (11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
For support from fellow activists, please join our Animal Activist Online Support Group.
Phone: (800) 705-0425
The Helpline is available to activists in the United States and Canada
National Suicide Prevention Line
Available 24 hours everyday
For emergency support
Trauma and Recovery
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
by Judith L. Herman, M.D.
Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies, Revised Edition
by Dr. Sandra L. Bloom
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness Paperback
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Online Mindfulness Tools
Links and Information
- Impossible Foods’ CEO Speaks Out About Animal Testing (VegNews)
- USC Gets New “Hogwarts” Vegan Dining Station (VegNews)
- More than 1 Million Eggs Pulled from 15 Countries (VegNews)