Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Health Sciences, Mental Health; Military Studies; Religion, Clergy
Chaplain, Combat Chaplain, Compassion Fatigue, Military Chaplain, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Traumatization
Combat deployment presents unique challenges to military chaplains. One such challenge relates to the Vicarious Traumatization, often called "Compassion Fatigue," faced by chaplains who minister to service members experiencing combat-related trauma. There is minimal literature addressing compassion-related stress for clergy, especially those working with combat trauma survivors. Much of the research and literature available has been limited to those in emergency services, medical and mental health professions. This groundbreaking project will draw upon the latest literature, research and empirical data, culminating in an educational methodology and program for compassion stress management for military chaplain combat deployment rotation care.