Upcoming Webinar. Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH), in conjunction with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), would like to invite you to a FREE webinar. Up to 2.0 CEUs are available at no cost.

Compassion Fatigue: Additional Risks While Serving Vulnerable Populations During a Crisis

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” – Dr. Rachel Remen

When working with vulnerable populations, it is inevitable that service providers will be impacted by exposure to trauma. The risk for compassion fatigue is heightened when serving people experiencing crisis, and in the context of the current pandemic. Although the fields of substance use treatment and mental health services emphasize the importance of self-care, we don’t often offer robust tools for assessing providers’ needs, access adequate resources for managing the risks of serving vulnerable populations during a crisis or address the need to implement organizational and systemic responses to compassion fatigue. This webinar will focus on exploring the ways that human service providers are affected by their work, particularly during crisis, with an emphasis on applying trauma-informed principles to manage compassion fatigue. Attendees will learn how to recognize signs of compassion fatigue as well as both personal and organizational resources that enhance worker resilience. 


Susie Kowalsky, MA, LCPC
Owner, Practice for Progress


Wednesday, August 12, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST


Up to 2 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are approved for persons meeting the attendance requirements for the following:

· Florida Certification Board Recognized Education Provider #A-001, Exp. Date 12/31/2021
· Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 3/31/2021
· Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 10/31/2020

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed for clinicians, clinical supervisors, program managers, recovery coaches, recovery support, peer specialists, behavioral health practitioners, counselors, executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities, and DCF program staff.

About the Presenter(s)

Susie Kowalsky, MA, LCPC has been serving stigmatized communities for more than a decade through direct clinical practice as well as by delivering training and consultation to students, service providers, and administrators. Susie has worked in community mental health organizations in Chicago to develop and implement new programs, combining her clinical expertise with administrative and organizational skills to launch trauma-informed programs based on principles of harm reduction. Susie applies her experiences as an outreach worker, substance use counselor, trauma therapist, clinical supervisor, and program manager to develop trainings for a broad range of workers with different roles, experience, and expertise. As a therapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, and consultant, Susie emphasizes a relational approach, in which healthy connection facilitates the development of insight, practice of new skills, and curiosity for continued growth.

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