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The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet. (Remen, 2006)

Recognise, understand and prevent compassion fatigue in health professionals and professionals in training.

Designed For

Highly recommended for medical (ICU, Emergency Department, Acute Medical Wards, Psychiatry), nursing, allied health professionals (clinical psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists, social workers) and students

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand what compassion fatigue is and be familiar with common cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms of compassion fatigue
  2. Identify causes and factors that contribute to compassion fatigue
  3. Become familiar with who is at risk of developing compassion fatigue
  4. Know the difference between compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout
  5. Undertake a brief compassion fatigue self-assessment (The PROQOL)
  6. Become familiar with the clinical implications of experiencing compassion fatigue
  7. Become familiar with strategies to prevent and manage compassion fatigue


The assessment is submission of the 1 unit self-assessments and 5 case studies. A certificate is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.

Delivery Mode

Course completion requires approximately 2 hours of eLearning. This course is delivered online and students can study in their own time and location. Course materials can be accessed using a web browser.

Course Leaders

Dr Litza Kiropoulos

Dr Litza Kiropoulos

Senior Lecturer - Clinical Psychology

Director, University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic

Head, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Lab

Dr Kiropoulos is a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. She is also currently the Director of the University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic. In addition to these roles she has worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in various acute, subacute and outpatient public mental health settings for over 20 years. Her research, teaching and clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders and clinical psychology in medical settings.

Application Procedure

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Contact Us

Mobile Learning

E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information


Course Fee: Free



Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.