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Westminster’s DuBois publishes book on compassion fatigue, burnout in educators

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Dr. Alison DuBois, director of the Graduate School and associate professor of education at Westminster College, recently co-authored a book emphasizing self care for educators experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout.

Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Schools: A Guide for Counselors, Administrators and Educators—written by DuBois and Dr. Molly Mistretta, assistant professor of counseling and development at Slippery Rock University—emphasizes the importance of educators being able to take care of themselves before they can take care of their students most effectively.

The book incorporates current research, anecdotal stories and workbook pages to properly inform practitioners.

“So many children are coming to school with trauma histories,” said DuBois, who has been researching the topics of burnout and compassion fatigue in education for more than 10 years. “Professionals working in schools need the tools to mitigate the effects of secondary trauma and implement critical self-care strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and have long, satisfying careers.”

DuBois, who earned her master’s from Westminster in 2002, joined the Westminster faculty in 2011. She earned her undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and her Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Mistretta earned her undergraduate degree at Westminster College in 1993. She received a master’s from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
The book is available for purchase through the Routledge website. For more information, contact Dubois at 724-946-6039 or