Tyler L Kruger
The author researched professional chaplains to learn how they remain resilient while working in a physically, emotionally, and spiritually depleting environment. He studied resilence literature, conducted personal interviews with chaplains, and collected data/responses from an online survey. He learned that incorporating intentional self-care practices that nurture the body, mind, and spirit may reduce the risk of burnout and compassion fatigue, while lowering the impact of secondary traumatic stress. Also important to the chaplain's well-being is a support network of family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and professional counselors; plus meaningful work that provides fulfillment for the individual.