Professional Quality of Life Elements Theory and Measurement
Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, 
Secondary Traumatic Stress.
Vicarious Tramatization and Vicarious Transformation
2017 NEWS from the ProQOL Office
After many years of development by Dr. Beth Hudnall Stamm, ownership of the ProQOL has been transferred to the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). CVT is a mental health and human rights NGO operating in several countries around the world. The ProQOL will remain free and available for use and, over time, this website will be cleaned and updated to include even more information. In the meantime, any queries about the ProQOL and this website should be directed to CVT is excited and honored to assume this responsibility and thanks Dr. Stamm for her trust in us.

2016 NEWS from the ProQOL Office

New Comprehensive Bibliography of ProQOL studies.
The bibliography was completed January 7, 2016 and contains 667 entries on studies conducted across the globe.

New Comprehensive Bibliography on the Secondary Aspects of Caring. This bibliography was completed 16 January 2016 and contains references for 2,017 documents.

Beth Hudnall Stamm, ProQOL developer retires. Due to ongoing health problems, Beth has retired from active support of the ProQOL. To enable ongoing use of the ProQOL the site is now set up so users can access what they need directly. (See "only a click a way" to the right). has a new owner but the policies and practices of the measure will not change.
There will be no changes made in how the ProQOL can be used. It will stay exactly the same as it was.
Eastwoods located in Whitefish, Montana purchased the ProQOL in March 2015. Recognizing the importance of the open access to the ProQOL, the sale price negotiated was very small and the conditions of the sale require that measure and support materials are free and open to users from around the world.

Please Use the ProQOL.
Below is information about using the ProQOL. We encourage you to use it in a way that best suits your needs. Everything you need for use is below.

How do I get permission to use the ProQOL?
The permissions located on the permissions page.

How do I know I have the most recent version?

The most recent English version is posted on this site on the measures page. Some translations need to be updated to reflect the current English version.

I am doing research with the ProQOL and have some questions about how to analyze data.
There is an extensive discussion on this topic on the research page.

Can you serve on my thesis or dissertation committee?

The ProQOL has not dedicated staff. It is not possible for people to serve on dissertation committees. 

If I email You Can You Help Me with my Question?
Due to the retirement of Dr. Stamm and the fact that the ProQOL has no dedicated staff, we cannot answer individual questions. We have provided extensive information on the research page. The bibliography is also updated as of January 5, 2016

New Method for Obtaining Use Permissions

New Method for Obtaining Use Permissions

Following the fire last year there have been serious problems with my ability to get permissions to people in a timely way. Even before the fire the volume of requests far exceeded our staffing time which is minimal at best. While we do have volunteers on occasion, most of the responses are completed by the developer of the ProQOL, which is me. I am webmistress, statistician, publisher and tech support. With thousands of people around the world using the ProQOL we have been unable to help in a timely way. Beginning August 28, 2013, you will be able to obtain permission letters immediately upon submitting information about your project. You can do this by going to the Request use Permissions page.

NOTICE: Members of the ProQOL community have identified inconsistencies in the t-score conversion tables. If you are calculating your t-scores directly there are no problems. If you are doing research on the measure, use the raw scores for comparisons between the normative data and your data.

Free, Customizable Stock Slides
If you are making a presentation or writing a newsletter article, please do use our stock slides. There are very liberal rules for their use. We want people to use them.

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 helping others may respond to individual, community, national, and even international crises. They may be 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.

Everything you need is only a click away
Since we have no staff and cannot work directly with you, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to have what you need, how you need it, when you need it. Here are quick links to some of the most commonly used items. Make sure to browse the pages and read the FAQs too.

  1. Customizable presentation slides you can use for your presentations.
  2. ProQOL measure.
  3. ProQOL handouts.
  4. Permission to use the ProQOL.
  5. Permission to make wording changes on the ProQOL
  6. Permission to publish the ProQOL in other print sources.
  7. FAQ.
  8. Extensive research data.
  9. Bibliographies.

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. 
Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue are two aspects of Professional Quality of Life. They encompass the positive (Compassion Satisfaction) and the negative (Compassion Fatigue) parts of helping others who have experienced suffering. Compassion fatigue breaks into two parts. The first part concerns things such as such as exhaustion, frustration, anger and depression typical of burnout. Secondary Traumatic Stress is a negative feeling driven by fear and work-related trauma. It is important to remember that some trauma at work can be direct (primary) trauma. In other cases, work-related trauma be a combination of both primary and secondary trauma. If working with others suffering changes you so deeply in negative ways that your understanding of yourself changes, this is vicarious traumatization. Learning from and understanding vicarious traumatization can lead one to vicarious transformation.