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Compassion Stress Management

Compassion Stress Management

This event is not sponsored by the Alumni Association and does not fall under the benefits of a Founding Membership.

(Fulfills training requirement for the Green Cross Compassion Fatigue Therapist Certification)

When: April 19, 2019

8:30am -5:00pm (lunch on your own)

Where: Richmont Graduate University- Atlanta Campus, 1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

Continuing Education: 6 CE Credits Awarded. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Certification Criteria:  This course satisfies the criteria for Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist.

Target Audience:  Clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, graduate students, and laypersons working with traumatized populations, including disaster survivors.

Instruction Level: Intermediate


  • Richmont Students= $90.00
  • Professionals= $130.00

Presenter: Vanessa Snyder, PhD

Dr. Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Traumatologist, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a 2008 graduate as well as the VP of the Institute of Trauma and Recovery and the Dean of Clinical Affairs at Richmont Graduate University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: trauma in families, sexual abuse and trauma, trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma, secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders.

Topic: This workshop will enable each course participant to effectively build a therapeutic alliance and focus on the professional’s current self-care status, building a commitment to wellness and the motivation to fundamentally transform his or her work life style. This transformation to wellness includes but is not limited to teaching effective compassion stress management methods for both containment/control of unwanted distress and finding and applying effective desensitization methods in therapy.

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

  • Articulate the developmental history of compassion fatigue including countertransference, caregiver stress, burnout, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress
  • Differentiate between compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and vicarious traumatization
  • Articulate the unique array of symptoms indigenous to compassion fatigue
  • Assess and identify symptoms of compassion fatigue in self and others
  • Identify compassion fatigue triggers and early warning signs
  • Articulate current theoretical models for the etiology and transmission of compassion fatigue
  • Articulate and teach others the potential effects of traumatic stress upon systems (marriage, family, workplace, etc)
  • Identify and utilize resources and plans for resiliency and prevention for self and ability to facilitate this plan with others
  • Describe what is required to create and maintain a self-care plan for self and others as well as be familiar with the Academy of Traumatology’s Standards of Self Care for Traumatologists
  • Discuss what is required to facilitate a self-care plan for self and others
  • Provide psycho-education on the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of compassion fatigue
  • Abide by the Academy of Traumatology Standards of Practice and Ethics


Part I – Introduction and Overview
Part II – Definitions
Part III – Theory of Compassion Fatigue
Part IV Standards of Care
Part V – Inventories of Self Care
Part VI – Creating a Self-Care Plan
Part VII – Creating a Self-Care Plan

Registration: Click HERE

For questions regarding this course, please contact Dr. Vanessa Snyder (

For questions about registration or Continuing Education, please contact Martha Busby at

Refunds: Refund requests must be received prior to April 15, 2019 in order to receive a full refund.

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 Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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