Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

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Chris Greene
Klingberg Family Centers Traumatic Stress Institute

11th Annual Day of Learning and Sharing  

Beyond Kale and Pedicures: What Organizations & Individuals Can Do to Manage Vicarious Trauma

Francoise Mathieu, M. Ed., RP, CCC

Author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook


2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of Charles Figley's pioneering book "Compassion Fatigue" which explored the potentially negative impact of trauma exposure on helping professionals.

Since then, the field of Compassion Fatigue (CF) and Vicarious Trauma (VT) has grown exponentially, and new research has emerged suggesting effective ways for helping professionals to sustain and protect themselves. New findings indicate that in order to reduce compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, we need to adopt a multi-pronged approach -- self care, hot baths, and company picnics are simply NOT enough.

Organizations must embed practices to promote staff self-care in their system culture. At the same time, helpers have responsibility for attending to their own well-being. It is an ethinical imperative   -- for workers themselves, the people they serve, and the community in which they live. 

This presentation will review what's new and what works to reduce the cost of caring and offer three keys tools for best practice for front line workers, and managers.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the newest research findings in reducing/managing CF and VT.

2. Apply 3 key tools for their practice - as managers and front line providers.

3. Explore new directions for future research.


Francoise Mathieu, M. Ed., RP, CCC is an internationally-recognized speaker on the topic of compassion fatigue and the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook published in 2012. Known for her highly engaging and dynamic speaking style, Francoise offers evidence-based solutions to helpers seeking validation and new strategies to remain healthy while working in this challenging and rewarding field. Since 2001, she has run hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and self-care across Canada and the U.S. for thousands of helping professionals in the health care fields. 

Francoise is a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario, Canada. With over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, she has a background as a crisis counselor, as well as working in hospital settings, university counseling services, and community mental health environments.  Francoise is co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to provide counseling, consulting, and training to helpers on topics related to self-care, wellness, burnout and compassion fatigue.  


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (By September 1st):  $155 ($175 with CEUs)

REGULAR REGISTRATION (After September 1st):  $175 ($195 with CEUs)


We will refund the registration fee minus a $30 processing fee for cancellations up to two weeks prior to the training.  No refunds will be made for cancellations inside two weeks. 


Below are the details about continuing education credits. 

RC Trainer events are co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars to provide CE hours. 

Satisfactory Completion Participants must have paid the CEU fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE Provider #1082 is an approved provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. 

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. 

Counselors/ Marriage and Family Therapist

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

Other States: If youre state is not specifically listed, nealy all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors.

IL: Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation, approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Provider #151

Chemical Dependency Counselors Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program. Approval #000654

CA: Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0212. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06. Expires 3/31/16. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee.


IL: Providor approved the the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304167419171

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.


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