Staff Resilience While Caring for Traumatized Clients: Creating A Nurturing Organizational Culture
Course Description/Summary: This interactive course both recognizes the impact of vicarious or secondary trauma upon empathic staff that care for highly distressed patients/ clients and also provides tools for peer and organizational support that can transform working environments. The course is geared especially for organizational leaders such as administrators, supervisors, union leaders, and workers who express leadership interest.
Goal: Participants will understand the impact of secondary trauma upon their organizational and team performance and learn ways to promote a more effective and nurturing workplace environment.
- Define Vicarious or Secondary Trauma/Compassion Fatigue and recognize 5 or more symptoms within the workplace.
- Recognize how secondary trauma can adversely influence the effectiveness of service provision and teamwork and create emotional safety plans.
- Identify and share healthy organizational structures from participants’ past experiences—and from those illustrated in CAREgivers film.
- Learn peer support/ debriefing skills.
- Develop an organizational vision with proactive steps that can promote a more nurturing work environment for staff at all levels.
Presenter: Vic Compher, MSS, LCSW
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 such 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.
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s Fee: $115.00
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“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.”