Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT

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First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA 
500 Park Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Deanne Weatherly, Program Coordinator 
Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia, State Chapter Office 

Professional Resilience Training &
Accelerated Recovery for Compassion Fatigue

     presented by J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC

This two-day workshop draws from the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue and the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training to provide an intensive two-day experiential training for professional helpers to prevent and lessen compassion fatigue and other work-related stress disorders. This course is an inoculation or vaccination against the potentially painful effects to caregivers working with troubled and traumatized populations.  This training is also intended to produce an ameliorative effect upon the current compassion fatigue symptoms that participants may be experiencing.  This training-as-treatment effect for this training has been published in several journals and is recognized as an effective treatment for the symptoms of compassion fatigue.  The training is a potent alchemy of didactic information, experiential processing, and transformative techniques that assists the professional and/or volunteer care provider in resolving symptoms of compassion fatigue while, at once, developing resiliency skills and practices that prevent compassion fatigue symptoms in the future.  Dr. Gentry has offered this training to over 100,000 satisfied professional and volunteer care providers in the US and abroad.    

J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of compassion fatigue.  His PhD is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley, who wrote Compassion Fatigue: Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder in Those Who Treat the Traumatized in 1995.  In 1997, under Dr. Figley’s direction, Gentry developed the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue with Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., and Kathleen Dunning.  The ARP has demonstrated powerful effectiveness for treating the symptoms of compassion fatigue. In 1998, Gentry and Baranowsky introduced the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training and have trained thousands of professionals towards this designation since that time.  Gentry has worked with hundreds of professional caregivers from Oklahoma City, New York City, and the state of Florida following their work with disaster survivors.  He has published many research articles, book chapters, and periodicals on the topic of compassion fatigue treatment and resiliency.  Dr. Gentry draws equally from his scientific study and from his rich history of 35 years as a professional therapist to provide this training.  His commitment to his mission to serve caregivers helping them to become evermore effective with minimal symptoms is evident throughout this training.  You will be challenged, inspired, and uplifted by Dr. Gentry and this unique training experience.


Event Schedule & Additional Details

Thursday, April 5 (8:30-3:30)

Informed Consent/Trauma Informed Care
Opening Exercise
“Silent Witness” Exercise (Saakvitne, 2000)
Exercise – Small Groups


Tools for Hope  (Perceived Threat, ANS, Self-Regulation)

LUNCH (provided)

Compassion Fatigue Didactic
Secondary Traumatic Stress
Resolving Symptoms

Compassion Fatigue Resiliency—Professional Maturation
1.  Self-regulation
Skills Development

2.  Intentionality
Write Mission Statement/Code of Honor
Small Groups

Day 1 Wrap Up

Friday, April 6 (8:30-3:30)

Small & Large Group Discussion
Implementing Self-regulation & Intentionality

Healing Secondary Traumatic Stress
Didactic (Relationship/Narrative/Relaxation)
Exercise:  Graphic Time Line
Exercise:  Verbal Narrative – Dyads

Healing Burnout
3.  Perceptual Maturation
Implementing Perceptual Changes to Lessen Burnout

LUNCH (provided)

 Exercise:  Letter from The Great Supervisor

4.  Connection & Support
Exercise:  Support Network

5.  Self-Care & Revitalization
Exercise:  Self-care self-assessment

Self-Directed Professional Resilience Plan

Closing ritual

COST $250 - includes lunch both days & 80 page training manual
(no refunds, substitutions allowed) 



Lodging at Omni Charlottesville Hotel
212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Rooms are limited, so make your reservation NOW!  

Single accommodations are available at the per diem rate of $128 plus taxes until March 16, 2018 by calling 1-800-843-6664 and asking for the block name of Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia or by using the following link:  https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/charlottesville/meetings/childrens-advocacy-center-of-va