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Effective Self-Care: Ethical Practices for Ensuring Professional Longevity and Avoiding Burnout

Effective Self-Care: Ethical Practices for Ensuring Professional Longevity and Avoiding Burnout

 Effective Self-Care: Ethical Practices for Ensuring Professional Longevity and Avoiding Burnout

Friday, November 1, 2019

Richmont Graduate University

1900 The Exchange, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

8:30am – 4:00pm

Presented by

Sonja A. Sutherland, Ph.D. LPC, NCC, CPCS, DCC

Dr. Sutherland is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an NBCC Approved Counselor Supervisor (ACS). In the field of counseling since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Dr. Sutherland has provided therapeutic services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, for adolescents and adults, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Dr. Sutherland’s areas of research interest include counselor supervision & cultural competence development, and evidence-based treatment & residential models of care for at-risk adolescents.

Course Description:

Compassion fatigue refers to stress that is a byproduct of providing care for those who are traumatized or under significant emotional duress. Because as clinicians we are trained to utilize compassion and empathy in order for our work with clients and supervisees to be effective, we are particularly vulnerable to emotional stress and compassion fatigue. Related to this, for those of us in the helping professions, compassion fatigue can have ethical and legal implications if unaddressed, especially if we are providing therapeutic services that are ineffective for those under our clinical care and supervision. Most clinicians learn very quickly however, that impairment, and in extreme cases burnout, can sneak up on us before we even realize. During this workshop, participants will be encouraged to engage in an honest assessment of both their current areas of impairment as well as their current self-care status. Participants will enjoy engaging in interactive self-care activities that can lay a foundation for the building of motivation and a commitment to wellness. The ACA, APA, MFT and NASW Codes of Ethics related to professional impairment will be reviewed, along with practical examples of how unrecognized impairment can impede clinical and supervisory effectiveness. Finally, clinicians will begin the creation of a personalized self-care plan, and demonstrate how to facilitate one for others.

Course Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify factors in practitioner vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout
  2. Review impact of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout on professional impairment
  3. Review Codes of Ethics related to practitioner professional impairment
  4. Assess practitioner levels of compassion fatigue
  5. Assess factors in wellness preparation and self-care
  6. Develop a personal stress management program

Target audience: Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Graduate Students

Instruction Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Basic Schedule:

 

8:30am – 10:00am

Understanding and identifying practitioner trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout
10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:45pm
Ethics related to professional impairment
11:45pm – 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm – 2:15pm Assessing Compassion Fatigue & Factors in wellness preparation
2:15 – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 4:00pm Application: Developing a personal stress management program

Continuing Education: 6 Ethics CEs Awarded.

Fees:

  • $130: Richmont Alumni
  • $90: Richmont Students
  • $140: Guests

Registration: Click Here

For questions, please contact Martha Busby at mbusby@richmont.edu
Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to  October 25.

There is no known commercial support for this workshop.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identifited. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Justice Begins at Home: A Bowenian Perspective

Social Justice Begins at Home: A Bowenian Perspective

Social Justice Begins at Home: A Bowenian Perspective

Friday, November 8, 2019

DoubleTree Altanta-Marietta / 2055 S Park Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30339

3:30pm Registration  / 4:30pm CE Presentation Begins / 6:30pm Food, Fellowship & Networking / 7:30-9pm CE Presentation Concludes

Presented by:

Dr. Michael Cook

Michael Lee Cook is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and clinical supervisor at Micah Counseling Services in Atlanta, Georgia. In practice, he counsels and consults with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations for a range of psychological, emotional, and interpersonal problems and concerns. Specifically, his clinical practice, research, and writing focuses on the implications of cultural, economic, and social issues on family and institutional life. Dr. Cook is a systems thinker who services as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at Richmont Gradate University and served on the faculties of Emory University Candler School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary. He also serves as the Vice-President of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT); is a U.S. Army combat veteran and the author of Black Fatherhood, Adoption, and Theology (2015). He holds degrees in business, theology, and counseling.

Summary                    

The concept of social justice has deep and broad implications for therapists, clients, and the counseling process. Much of what we learn and understand about social justice comes from our families of origin and influence our counseling practice(s). In this interactive workshop, we will use Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as a guide to discuss social justice and its implications for counseling; explore how family of origin dynamics influence our counseling practice; and discuss practical tools for handling social justice issues in clinical practice. This workshop is guided by the assumption that any influence on social justice must be experienced in our own families and circles of influence before we can ever hope to see it in the world around us and in our work as counselors and people of faith.   

Learning Objectives

As a result of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of social justice and its implications for systemic counseling;
  • Utilize Bowen Theory to consider the implications of family of origin factors to social justice issues in the therapeutic relationship; and
  • Discuss practical tools for handling social justice issues in clinical practice.

Continuing Education:

3 CEs Awarded

Targeted Audience:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Graduate Students, Pastors

Instructional Level:

  • Intermediate

Cost: 

  • Current Legacy or Founding Alumni Association Members,  RGU FT Faculty & Staff: FREE
  • Current Basic Alumni Association Members: $35
  • Richmont Students: $15
  • Richmont Alumni (no Alumni Association membership): $65
  • Guests: $75 (includes dinner)

Registration: Click HERE

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, please contact Martha Busby prior to November 1, 2019, otherwise there will be a late cancellation fee.

For questions, please contact Martha Busby at mbusby@richmont.edu.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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