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The Imperative of Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Healing Thru Self Awareness
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI 53072
United States

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Thursday, September 13, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: WAFCA CE Training

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The Imperative of Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Healing Thru Self Awareness 

It is an ethical imperative for clinicians/health care providers to stay physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually fit in order to provide ethically sound services. We will consider how our work impacts us and our professional choices. Together we will openly explore the ethical dilemmas we face. Because we are compassionate and have empathic qualities to accompany our therapeutic skills we may find ourselves feeling used up, burned out or entirely depleted. One day we turn around and see that we have not been caring for ourselves in the same compassionate way that we care for our clients.

Clinicians working continuously hour after hour with clients hearing the pain and suffering of: poverty, PTSD, abuse and trauma, depression, loss or other special needs begin to suffer from the very symptoms they are attempting to manage in others. They too, lose sleep, suffer from intrusive memories, dissociate and the list continues. This suffering is not always related to the therapist's own traumatic experience; indeed such experiences may not exist. Instead, the symptoms appear from the re-occurrence of experiencing other's traumatic events on a frequent basis. The workshop will help practitioners recognize any problematic symptoms they are experiencing and help create solution -focused, personal and professional tasks. And together we will develop a wellness plan that is ethically sound.

About the Presenters:

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the Executive Director and founder of The Center for Contextual Change, Ltd. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois Jane Addams School of Social Work and is currently on the faculties of University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, The Chicago Center For Family Health, and the Family Institute of Northwestern University. Previously, Ms. Barrett was the Director of Midwest Family Resource and has been working in the field of family violence since 1974. Mary Jo was the first Family Preservation, in home counselor in the state of Illinois, on a contract with the Department of Children and Family Services in 1978.

Ms. Barrett’s newest book, Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change, co-authored by Linda Stone Fish, was released in June 2014.  Treating Complex Trauma was designed for both lay and professionals audiences to understand and harness the natural process of  healing and change after trauma.  This book captures over 25 years of interviews and describes what are the effective elements of therapy and how to organize the process.  

Ms. Barrett has also coauthored two books with Dr. Terry Trepper: Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective and The Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook. She co-created the Collaborative Change Model, a highly successful contextual model of therapy used to transform the lives of those impacted by abuse and/or traumatic

Her trainings and published works focus on the teaching of the Collaborative Change Model, systemic and feminist treatment of  sexual abuse, interpersonal violence and complex trauma;  both survivors and offenders, adults and children,  and  eating disorders, couple therapy, and Compassion Fatigue.

Ms. Barrett provides consultations, workshops, courses and other training opportunities nationally and internationally to parents, social service professionals, lawyers, mental health staffs, psychotherapists, residential treatment facilities and governmental agencies. Ms. Barrett founded the Family Dialogue Project, which strives to redefine relationships with families impacted by allegations of abuse and trauma.

Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, is an integrative psychotherapist practicing at The Center for Contextual Change, in Skokie, Illinois. Anita works with clients with Complex PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders and a variety of self-injurious behaviors.   She works with different parts of her clients through a variety of therapeutic interventions, including relational therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Expressive Arts, Imagery, Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Touch for regulation and trauma resolution.   She is currently excited about her Integrative Trauma Recovery Group, ITR, a group therapy process she designed specifically for adults with Developmental and Complex PTSD.  Anita also enjoys providing supervision and consultation, as well as presenting workshops on a variety of topics. 




Contact: Rachel Kruse, WAFCA Event Coordinator, [email protected], 608.257.5939