For many reasons, caregiving professionals may experience secondary trauma when seeking to help traumatized or suffering people.  This workshop assists workers, supervisors and administrators to recognize symptoms of secondary trauma (aka compassion fatigue) and “professional grief”, as well as to develop emotional self-care plans, work-life balance and to envision organizational structures that can mitigate and reduce the impact of secondary trauma.  Participants will learn to provide more effective peer support for colleagues individually and in groups. Attention will also be given to ways of promoting resiliency and “compassion satisfaction” in one’s work.

GOALS:   To recognize and effectively address one’s secondary trauma or distress as a professional when very traumatic or adverse events occur on one’s caseload and thereby to more capably assist one’s clients.

OBJECTIVES:    To become conscious of specific manifestations of secondary trauma/ professional grief in the work place when loss and trauma occur on the caseload.  To learn the phases or process of mourning in the workplace which are paralleled in both professional and client contexts. To consider culturally based forms of grief. To learn how to provide competent peer support (in pairs and groups within social work agencies). To envision “first steps” for developing a grief support program in your agency.

Presenter: Vic Compher is a licensed, clinical social worker who has practiced for a number of years in child welfare, adult and aging, and hospice services.  His workshops address Vic Comphersuch subjects as working with resistant and hostile clients, coping with secondary trauma when tragedy occurs on one’s caseload, understanding adult psychopathology, and supervising social workers and students.  Among various articles and books he has written, Vic is the author of, “Family-Centered Practice:  The Interactional Dance beyond the Family System” (NY:  Human Sciences/Plenum Press, 1989).  He has produced and directed 3 films, including an intergenerational documentary called, “I Cannot Be Silent: Testimonies of Peacemaking”. His current and new documentary project, “Caregivers”, addresses the personal and professional impact upon helping professionals of their work with traumatic cases.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Date: Friday, September, 23, 2016

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
Fee: $115.00

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