Professional Quality of Life (proQOL) is intended for any helper - health care professionals, social service workers, teachers, attorneys, emergency response, etc. 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.
Many hours have been donated by researchers, teachers, clinicians and others around the world to keep the ProQOL free. We are happy to share with you and hope you will contribute to the worldwide effort to strengthen the ProQOL.
Get a free copy of the ProQOL Concise Manual, 2nd Edition
There are very few changes between the 2009 and 2010 editions. The cover and front matter have been updated. Some typos were identified and corrected. A completely revised bibliography was added.
Thank you for your interest in using the Professional Quality of Life Measure (ProQOL). Please complete the "Permission to Use the ProQOL" form to obtain permission to use the measure:
The ProQOL Data-bank is a core part of the science of the development of the ProQOL. Raw data from many studies around the world has been donated and combined into a data-bank. Your donation of raw data can help build the ProQOL for future users.
An updated version of the ProQOL 5 Self-Score measure is available. The changes are in the directions for how to self-score. Nothing on the measure itself has changed. We have provided additional text directions based on comments we have received.
The ProQOL is the most commonly used measure on the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue.
The measure has been in use since 1995. There have been several revisions. The ProQOL 5 is the current version.
Permission to Use the ProQOL:
We encourage people to use the ProQOL. The following permission is on the measure. If you would like further information about permissions, or would like to request specific permission, go to the "Use the ProQOL" page.
The ProQOL measure may be freely copied as long as
(a) author is credited,
(b) no changes are made other than those authorized below, and
(c) it is not sold.
You may substitute the appropriate target group for / [helper] / if that is not the best term. For example, if you are working with teachers, replace / [helper] /with teacher. Word changes may be made to any word in italicized square brackets to make the measure read more smoothly for a particular target group.
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 the ProQOL Office at CVT. CVT is excited and honored to assume this responsibility and thanks Dr. Stamm for her trust in us.