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Clinician Self-Care for Addiction Counselors and Clinical Supervisors
Patricia A. Burke, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Course Description:

The clinical and research literature suggests a strong relationship between substance abuse issues and trauma. Addiction counselors are likely to encounter clients with a history of trauma and/or current traumatic stress reactions in their clinical practice. In addition to the stress of working in addiction treatment contexts (including the pressures of managed care, high caseloads, and the demands of justifying treatment to funding sources), which may contribute to burnout, addiction counselors who work with trauma clients are also vulnerable to secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and sometimes intense countertransference reactions.

This course will explore the impact of secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, burnout, and countertransference on clinicians who work with addicted, traumatized clients and provide counselors and clinical supervisors with a holistic and comprehensive approach to self-care that can prevent and ameliorate this impact. This course will actively engage participants in the development of their own personal/professional self -care plans and give ample opportunity to integrate specific self-care activities and practices into their daily lives.

This four week course requires 8 hours of work over its duration.

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