Working with Trauma: Understanding Vicarious Trauma, Vicarious Resilience, and the Importance of Self-Care

ID: 5851WEB

Trauma affects everyone it touches. Working with trauma survivors and ongoing exposure to traumatic material puts professionals and their supervisors at risk for secondary traumatic stress (vicarious trauma), burnout and compassion fatigue. These are serious occupational hazards that can increase liability and compromise effectiveness with clients as well as the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the professional. This webinar provides professionals with easy to use, valid and reliable tools for assessing and identifying the signs of vicarious trauma and burnout in their staff and in themselves. The importance of self-care and its relationship with best practice and professional ethics are examined. A variety of physical, emotional, spiritual and recreational self-care techniques that prevent and/or reverse compassion fatigue and burnout are presented and practiced. Participants will leave the webinar with a toolkit of quick, easy and free tools for self-care. [Required for Trauma Response & Crisis Intervention Certificate. Previous title: Self Care in Trauma Work]

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.00 Clinical, Ethical


Instructor: Lori Schlosser, PhD
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Zoom (Interactive Webinar)
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Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Explain the differences between burnout, brownout, and compassion fatigue for professional caregivers.
• Describe the importance of self-care and its relationship with best practice and ethical behavior.
• Differentiate the types and behavioral examples of empathic strain.
• Formulate an individualized self-care plan.

Webinar Outline

9:30 am Welcome/Introduction

9:35 am Self-Care Guided Journey, Introductions & Sharing

9:50 am PowerPoint Presentation and Discussion
• The Importance of Self-Care and Its Relationship with Best Practice & Ethics
• Vulnerabilities of Clinicians and Health-care Workers to Burnout and Compassion Fatigue;
• Warning Signs of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue;
• Similarities and Differences in Signs and Symptoms of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue;
• Administration of ProQOL
• Personal and Environmental Factors that Perpetuate Stress and Self-Care Neglect;

11:00 am Discussion and Interactive Exercises: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Recreational Self-Care Strategies

12:00 pm Pulling It All Together: Developing Your Own Self-Care Action Plan

12:20 pm Conclusion/Q&A

Target Audience

Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

Content Level

Beginner - Advanced

Webinar Completion Requirements

To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

About the Instructor

Lori R. Schlosser, PhD, MSW, has over 25 years of administrative and policy related experience in the public mental health field. She is a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers School of Social Work, teaching courses in mental health policy, health care and aging and social welfare policy. Dr. Schlosser developed the curriculum for the Strategic Management module of the DCPP Management Fellows Project. She developed and conducted continuing education programs in the areas of self-care, change leadership, the neuroscience of optimal well-being, stress management, and mindfulness for a wide variety of organizations.

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