Secondary traumatic stress (STS) and compassion fatigue (CF) are commonly assessed in the field of emergency and mental health as well as in the study of best practices for clinicians and front-line workers in the field of trauma. The unimaginable state of global crisis has placed these constructs under the spotlight as first responders, front-line medical personnel, and mental health professionals work with traumatized patients and clients while experiencing their own level of physical, emotional, and psychological stressors. As levels of empathy and compassion grow in the hearts of front-line workers caring for those in distress, so does the cost; leading to a state of physical, emotional and psychological exhaustion.
It is imperative to identify vulnerabilities to and symptoms of STS and CF along with practical and effective ways to mitigate symptoms and prevent secondary or vicarious trauma and burnout. Equally important are skills to build resiliency as well as compassion satisfaction in order to best combat the inevitable and universal layer of STS.
This is a non-interactive self-study course.
Instruction consists of 3 hours of video instruction and a post-test.
- List symptoms and identify the differences and similarities of secondary traumatic stress STS, compassion fatigue CF, burnout BO, and vicarious trauma VT.
- Recognize personal and professional vulnerabilities to secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.
- Develop interventions useful via Telemental health in working with those who are experiencing STS, CF, and BO.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Vanessa Snyder, PhD, is the Vice President of the Richmont Institute for Trauma & Recovery and is an Assistant Professor at Richmont Graduate University. She spearheaded the launch of the Richmont Trauma Center and now directs all clinical services. She is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Master Traumatologist, and Certified Anger Management Specialist. Clinically, she specializes in treatment of trauma, complex trauma, and dissociative disorders.
Dan Sartor, PhD, LPC, NCC is the Vice President of Integration and Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (IL & GA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL), and Nationally Board Certified Counselor. In addition to addressing issues of depression, anxiety, and grief in psychotherapy, Dan’s clinical specialties include complex trauma recovery, sexuality issues, addiction recovery, marital therapy, and the integration of Christian faith with clinical practice.
This course consists of 3 credit hours.
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To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.
A grade of at least 80% or more is required to pass the post-test. Retaking the post-test is possible until the participant is able to pass the test.
Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked but not required to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.
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This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive self-study course. Teaching methods for this course includes recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.
This course was recorded 5/18/2020