Friday, March 23, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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The Exeter Inn 
90 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03083

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New Hampshire Psychological Association 
603-415-0451 or office@nhpsychology.org

Transforming Vicarious Traumatization:

Enhancing Self-Compassion, Resiliency, and Self-Care

6 CE credits

Presented by leading expert in trauma and therapist self-care, dynamic trainer and co-author of the original Risking Connection curriculum

Karen W. Saakvitne, Ph.D.

This interactive workshop provides clinicians with specific strategies to build therapist resilience, physiological resilience, work and spiritual balance, develop individual self-compassion and self-care, and enhance community connection. 

Includes in your registration: printed materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and mid-morning/mid-afternoon refreshments

Group discount rates are available - please contact NHPA for more information

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop

12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Lunch (included)

Please notify NHPA regarding any dietary restrictions no later than 3/9/18

Workshop Description:

A hotline worker confessed, “I used to believe the world was basically fair and that people were basically good. Now I think fate is fickle and I don’t trust anyone,” (quoted in Saakvitne and Pearlman, Transforming the Pain). The work of psychotherapy can change practitioners for better, and for worse. Compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress are all terms that describe the negative change therapists can experience as a result of their work with trauma survivors. Join leading expert in psychological trauma and therapist self-care, Dr. Karen Saakvitne, in an experiential workshop that emphasizes how the work of psychotherapy can change practitioners and offers specific strategies to build therapist resilience. In particular, she will present an overview of vicarious traumatization - emphasizing the aspects of the self of the therapist affected and the contributing factors -, and introduce systemic and applied approaches to addressing and transforming the negative impact of our difficult but rewarding work. 

Participants will engage in opportunities to assess their own experience and to develop individual strategies for self-compassion and self-care. This interactive presentation will emphasize the integration of strategies for physiological resilience, spiritual balance, and enhanced community connection to create healthy practices. This workshop will highlight the essential roles of colleagueship and clinical consultation in creating self-protective practices. Participants can expect a workshop day filled with opportunities to engage in exploration and development of specific strategies for individual and collective self-care.

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help participants:

1. Define and identify evidence of vicarious traumatization

2. Recognize signs and symptoms of vicarious traumatization in their own clinical experiences

 3. List factors that contribute to vicarious traumatization for themselves

 4. Name and apply three general approaches to ameliorate vicarious traumatization  for clinicians

 5. Identify specific ways to address and transform vicarious traumatization in their own practice

 6. List specific components of clinical consultation for trauma therapies

The Presenter:

Dr. Kay Saakvitne (Sock-quit-knee) is a clinical psychologist and former clinical director of the Traumatic Stress Institute in South Windsor CT where, with Laurie Anne Pearlman, she wrote the two original books on vicarious traumatization (Trauma and the Therapist, and Transforming the Pain).  She is the lead author of Risking Connection, a training curriculum for working with survivors of childhood trauma and the author of the teaching manual for that curriculum (Relational Teaching, Experiential Learning), and of a parenting resource handbook, Support for Survivor Parents: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse One Day at a Time. 

She is a Risking Connection Faculty Trainer, and a nationally and internationally recognized expert in psychological trauma who has taught workshops and trainings to mental health professionals and offered clinical consultation to hundreds of clinicians over 30 years.  She has received awards for distinguished contribution to the practice of trauma psychology from both the Connecticut Psychological Association and the Division of Trauma Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr Saakvitne is currently in private practice offering psychotherapy and clinical consultation in Northampton, MA and on the faculty of the doctoral program at Smith School of Social Work.

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Cancellation Policy: 

Refunds, minus a 35% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course (on or before March 9, 2018). No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.

Inclement weather policy: 

In the event that NHPA has to postpone or reschedule the training conference, a voucher equivalent to the full price amount of what was paid for the conference will be issued. If NHPA has to cancel the event with no postponement or reschedule date, a full refund will be given. Please be sure that NHPA has your up-to-date contact information (email/text/phone). Any weather cancellations or postponements will be made no later than three hours prior to an event. Should you have questions or concerns about whether an event may be changed due to weather, please check the NHPA website, www.nhpsychology.org or call the NHPA office at (603) 415-0451.

Attendance policy:

Full attendance is required to obtain CEs. No partial credit will be given. 

Payment Options

Please note that payment by check must be received by NHPA postmarked three weeks prior to date of the event (March 9, 2018). Group discount rates are available for 3 or more attendees. Interested parties are encouraged to contact NHPA at office@nhpsychology.org.