Therapy and the Use of Self Part 1: Defining the Impact of Working with Trauma
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Hybrid: recorded webinar and reading-based online activity.
Individuals in the helping profession are at risk for encountering trauma, both directly and indirectly. The NASW establishes professional ethics that guide practice and this has changed over time with the advance of knowledge and technology. The Council for Social Work Education developed a guide in advanced social work practice. This document includes recommendations to identify and differentiate the signs and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. The goal of the workshop is to identify concepts of trauma, recognize vulnerability and apply these definitions to analyze their own risk. Time will be spent exploring the dynamics of a vicarious trauma “normally” experienced compared to during a crisis experienced globally, such as that experienced during COVID-19. Participants will work on formulating a plan of action to assess the impact of these concepts on their own practice.
Research: The American Psychological Association maintains a database on publications about trauma. Google Scholar includes links to numerous articles on vicarious trauma.
Target Audience: social workers, mental health practitioners, creative arts therapists, marriage and facility therapists, psychologists, addiction professionals, case managers, and other interested individuals.
Original Date of Recording: 05/15/2020Customer Service
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Sarah Smith, ACSW, LCSW-R is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Buffalo, NY. Sarah obtained her MSW in social work in 1994 and worked in a community mental health for several years. She worked primarily with addictions and mental health. Early in her career she observed women in addiction treatment had encountered specific challenges to treatment, and was able to address some of these needs through specialized groups. She was trained in EMDR at the University of Buffalo in 2008 and that training was a game changer for her career. She specifically sought training and consultation to work with complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. She continues to specialize in co-occurring disorders. She is currently an Approved Consultant through EMDRIA. In 2011 she went into private practice and in 2014 founded The Center for Clarity in Amherst, NY.