Professional quality of life is
the quality one feels in relation to their work as a helper. Both the
positive and negative aspects of doing your work influence your professional quality of life. People who work in helping professions may
respond to individual, community, national, and even international
crises. Helpers can be found in the health care professionals, social
service workers, teachers, attorneys, police officers, firefighters,
clergy, transportation staff, disaster responders, and others. Understanding the positive and negative aspects of helping those who experience trauma and suffering can improve your ability to help them and your ability to keep your own balance.
The ProQOL Office On a Walk-about
The ProQOL lives on a cloud in the sky with a keyboard on my desk in my home. We lost our home to wildfire in June of 2012. Since that time we have lived in various temporary housing including a
hotel, a ski condo and what we dubbed "The Green Shag House" or GSH. the GSH which was a HUGE house built in 1972 and frozen perfectly
in time including all of the curtins and furniture and, of course, green
and gold shag carpet which was the height of fashion in the 1970s.
After months of soul searching and a variety of events, my spouse and I
decided to retire and we have moved to Northwest Montana where we are
trying to build a permanent home for us, and for the ProQOL. We expect to be able to move into our new home by the 2 year anniversary of the fire.
If you are interested in reading about our recovery from the fire, you can find my family's blog, Building Home at building1home.com.
Can I use the information on this website for presentations, research and writing papers?
Of course! We built this website so that you would have free and easy access to a multitude of resources on Compassion Satisfaction, Compassion Fatigue and Professional Quality of Life. We know that accessing tools requires resources. The resources you need for the ProQOL are your energy, vision and commitment. We do not want you to have to pay for the resources on this site. It was my commitment over 20 years ago that these resources would be given away and I have continued to believe that was the right thing. Please use, share, and help us improve the tools and information we have. Remember, check the FAQ's and the various parts of this website for how you can use the documents here on the website. Most you can simply download and use. If you or we need more documentation, there are forms for each type of request that you can simply fill out. The come directly to us.