VTMHCA Spring Ethics Workshop:

Caring for the counselor:
Ethical considerations of self-care and resilience building

 presented by Lauren Glickman, MA-Applied Behavioral Science

4 ethics CEUs approved for LCMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists, and Social Workers

Friday, April 19, 2019, 8:30 am-12:45 pm

Holiday Inn Rutland – 476 Holiday Drive Rutland, Vermont

Registration begins at 8:00am — Snacks provided by Holiday Inn

Workshop description:

This 4-hour resilience-building workshop will consider the ethics of clinician self-care. Many mental health professionals enter the profession with a deep-rooted desire to help others manage the challenges they face, and yet for many practitioners, it is harder and harder to experience the deep satisfaction and perceive the effectiveness of their work as the repeated exposure to the trauma and hardship of others begins to impact us.  Counselors are immersed in the emotionally intense trauma and hardships of others like a fish is in water.  This immersion provides some unique and challenging emotional conditions that can lead to burnout and clinician impairment, thus compromising therapeutic effectiveness and personal wellbeing.

The American Mental Health Counselors Association code of ethics states that mental health counselors maintain a high standard of professional competence by attending to many factors, including recognizing that their effectiveness is dependent on their own mental and physical health. This workshop will explore how repeated trauma exposure may adversely impact the clinician, both emotionally and physiologically. The causes and symptoms of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and burnout will be identified. Participants will explore the nature of resilience and gain practical tools for resilience building and self-care practice. 

The objectives for this workshop are:

  1. Understand how repeated trauma exposure can adversely impact counselor competency.

  2. Recognize symptoms of compassion fatigue in one’s work and personal life.

  3. Learn three tangible and immediate practices that will support resilience and increase ability to function well inside the inevitable intensity of the counseling environment.

  4. Create a realistic self-care plan to regularly build and support resiliency.


Lauren Glickman, M.A. Applied Behavioral Science, founded her consulting firm, FORAY Consulting, in 2007 out of a commitment to support those dedicated to inspired missions.  Lauren is known for her straight talk, insight and warmth and brings practical and extensive experience to her conversations.   Her specialty is helping participants develop resilience and build the skills and emotional resources to thrive while being repeatedly exposed to the trauma and hardship of others. 

Lauren approaches her work using a framework that says resilient people are grounded in reality (i.e., can see yourself and understand your relationship to your context), are rooted in the meaningfulness of what they are doing (i.e., are able to connect to the meaning of their work in any given moment), and are able to rely on their training, skills, and experience to improvise (i.e., experience behavioral choice even when things get intense—especially when things get intense). 

After completing a B.A. in geography from Clark University, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nicaragua.  She earned a M.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from The Leadership Institute of Seattle with a focus on leadership development, training, facilitation, coaching, and conflict management in organizations.  She’s worked as a volunteer, manager, executive director, board member, and consultant. With over 25 years of experience working in mission-driven environments, Lauren is committed to developing resilience at every level.

Workshop fees:

If you register before April 10, 2019:

 Clinical Member: $100  Student, Associate, or Retired Members: $75
 Non-Member: $120  Non-Member Student, Associate, or Retired: $90
If you register after April 10, 2019, there is an additional $20 charge:
 Clinical Member: $120  Student, Associate, or Retired Members: $95
 Non-Member: $140  Non-Member Student, Associate, or Retired: $110
(4) Ethics LCMHC, LMFT, Psychologist, or Social Worker CEUs are included with the registration fee. 
A limited number of half price scholarships will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
A group discount of $10 per registrant is available for a group of 3 or more registering from the same organization at the same time.

VTMHCA's Annual Meeting to follow workshop with free lunch!

After the workshop, VTMHCA will hold their annual business meeting over lunch. Everyone is welcome to join us! Lunch is at no cost for those who attend the annual meeting. If you would like to join us for lunch, you will need to RSVP by April 10th. (Prior RSVP is required so the catering service has the information they need to provide the meal.)

To register:

Click here to go to online event registration page

To pay registration fee:

Pay by April 10 to avoid the late registration fee! There are two ways to pay your registration fees:

  • Online option: From the registration page you click "Pay online" button to be taken to a page where you can enter your credit card information to pay for registration fee. 
  • Mail option: mail a check payable to VTMHCA for the appropriate amount (see above), along with your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to: 

VTMHCA, PO Box 1132, White River Junction, VT 05001

Questions?  Contact Phil Prothero: vtmhca.exec.director@gmail.com or (802) 356-1731

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