Resourcing the Therapist and Preventing Burnout

The goal of this webinar is to resource the listener so that the listener can avoid Vicarious Traumatization, Secondary Traumatic Stress and burnout while experiencing compassion satisfaction and professional growth. We will do that through suggestions for self-assessment, contrasting diagnosis with attunement, personal mindfulness, some reconceptualization of the client’s and the therapist’s roles in therapy. In addition we will devote attention to recognizing symptoms of overload before it is too late to recover. We will also enumerate the vicarious gifts of working with this population.

This session was originally presented as a live webinar in October 2019.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Recognize three symptoms of Vicarious Traumatization
  • Identify at least thress protective practices that combat/relieve symptoms of Vicarious Traumatization
  • Differentiate between Vicarious Traumatization and Secondary Traumatic Stress
Course summary
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  • 1.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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Presenter: Susan Hykes
Presenter Bio: Susan Hykes is a spiritual director and a registered psychotherapist who is listed in the State of Colorado database and authorized by law to practice though not licensed. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in mathematics and a teaching certificate. She has been in private practice since 1989 and has accrued over 1500 hours of continuing education in professional workshops since that time. Her previous professional experience includes system analyst, management consultant, and Executive Director of a treatment center for recovering alcoholics. She has had extensive experience counseling others since 1970 and has empowered many people to find growth and wholeness. Her experience includes individual, family, and couples counseling, grief counseling, co-dependency and addiction recovery, and post-traumatic stress recovery, including dissociative disorders. She has presented at national conferences on the subjects of Narcissism, Professional Ethics, and the CoMorbidity of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and CPSTD.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.


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