Professional Quality of Life Measure: ProQOL.org
Professional Quality of Life: Elements, Theory, and Measurement
Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, 
Secondary Traumatic Stress, 
Vicarious Traumatization, and Vicarious Transformation
RECENT 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 proqol@cvt.org. CVT is excited and honored to assume this responsibility and thanks Dr. Stamm for her trust in us.


Recent FAQs

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 on this website.

How do I get permission to use the ProQOL?
Please see 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 have yet 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 no dedicated staff, so unfortunately, this is not possible.


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. Please use, share, and help us improve the tools and information we have. Remember, check the FAQs 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 fill out.   


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.