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

  • 19 Apr 2019
  • 08:30 - 12:45
  • Rutland, Vermont


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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 compassion fatigue takes root. 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 or professional competence by attending to many factors, including by 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 engaging in self-care practice to build resilience, reduce the impact of compassion fatigue and maintain professional competency by tending to their own health and well-being.

Workshop Schedule:

8:00 – 8:30 am – Registration
8:30 – 10:30 am – Section I – Effects of repeated trauma exposure
10:30 – 10:45 am – Break
10:45 – 12:45 pm – Section II – Resiliency building practices

Workshop ends at 12:45pm

1:00pm - optional VTMHCA Annual Meeting with lunch


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 repeated 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, and 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.

Other info:

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

A limited number of half price scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Group discount available - A group of 3 or more registering from the same organization will be eligible to receive a discount of $10 per registrant. Please inquire about how to take advantage of this discount.

After the workshop, VTMHCA will hold their annual business meeting over lunch. Everyone is welcome to join us! 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.

If you have any questions, contact Phil Prothero at (802) 356-1731 or

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