Event date: 2/4/2022 Export event
Mark Wills
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Introduction to the Ethics of Self Care

NASW New Hampshire

12:45-4 p.m

Research has shown that mental health practitioners are particularly vulnerable to vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout. It has also been demonstrated that therapists are affected not only personally, but professionally as well. Impairment of the ability to provide competent professional services is defined by NASW as an ethical issue (NASW Code of Ethics 4.05), and this understanding is strengthened in the 2021 revision of the code.

     "Professional self-care is paramount for competent and ethical social work practice. Professional demands, challenging workplace climates, and exposure to trauma warrant that social workers maintain personal and professional health,
     safety, and integrity. Social work organizations, agencies, and educational institutions are encouraged to promote organizational policies, practices, and materials to support social workers’ self-care.”


This workshop will introduce the ethical concerns around self- care, and the universality of vicarious traumatization, compassion/empathy fatigue, and burnout.

Participants will be introduced to, experience, and explore embodied and mindful practices that substantially reduce negative effects, increase well-being and resiliency, and improve stress reaction and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Discussion sessions will explore how the practitioner is affected by the work they do and the ethical concerns around vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will discuss the origins, effects, and ethical considerations (in relation to the NASW Code of Ethics, 2021 revision) of vicarious traumatization, compassion/empathy fatigue, and burnout, and will examine these in the light of their own professional and personal lives.
  • Participants will identify their own stressors, triggers and symptoms. Participants will develop a go to plan for improving their own self care.
3 CEUs in Ethics approved by NASW NH Course #3897

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