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Date(s) - 07/01/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Vicarious trauma can negatively impact a clinician’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Counselors need to be aware of the warning signs and preventative measures in order to avoid vicarious traumatic stress. This workshop intends to educate counselors about 2nd hand trauma and provide strategies to manage overwhelming demands in the field. It is also designed to provide tools to combat burnout and increase the quality of care provided to clients. Participants can expect a blend of lecture-based teaching and experiential learning.

When you sign up for this course you will receive an email with a link to register for the zoom webinar.  Please check your junk/spam folders if you don’t see the email and make sure that you have the zoom information PRIOR to the date of the workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Define vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue
  • Describe how vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue impact the counseling process
  • Participate in self-assessment activities regarding current levels of vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue
  • Describe the potential benefits for incorporating self-care strategies to mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue

About the Presenter:

Dr. Carruth is currently a Professor at the University of Puget Sound, and Director of the Master of Education in Counseling program. Dr. Carruth received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Tennessee, a CACREP-accredited program. Dr. Carruth is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). has spent the last 25 years working first as a music therapist and later as a mental health counselor and counselor educator. During her time as a music therapist, Dr. Carruth spent time working with older adults dealing with the effects of dementia, with adolescent males in correctional centers, and with young children and families who had witnessed and experienced trauma and interpersonal violence. During her time as a mental health counselor, Dr. Carruth spent time working with severely and persistently mentally ill adults, providing counseling and case management support from a wellness model.

This course is approved for 1.5 CE’s for LMHC’s, LMFT’s, LCSW’s and all associate level licensees.

Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.