Managing Vicarious Trauma Text-based Home Course (2 CE) - Printed Version

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Therapists are typically trained to support others in their own struggle with traumatic experiences, but in this workshop, participants will learn to understand the role of trauma in our own professional experience. This course defines vicarious trauma and the impact of burnout on our ability to work objectively and ethically with clients. It outlines the types of clients and reported experiences as well as therapist characteristics that tend to increase the chances of vicarious trauma. The profession itself has various support systems built into professional management which serve to protect against vicarious trauma, e.g., supervision, peer supervision and education. This presentation provides equal if not more information about the importance of self-care and how integrate these practices into professional development.

Author: Mary Ella Viehe, Ph.D., LMFT

Target Audience: Introductory and Intermediate; LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and mental health clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify indicators of vicarious trauma and PTSD.
  2. Plan strategies for debriefing and managing countertransference issues as they arise
  3. Utilize and practice self-care techniques to prevent burn-out


This course satisfies the following California BBS Pre-licensure requirements:

  • 2 hours toward the 15 hours of Crisis or Trauma Counseling required for California LPCC candidates


Advantages of taking Gerry Grossman Seminars at-home CE courses:

  • Online courses offer the post-test online for instant course completion.
  • You can repeat the post-test if you don't pass.
  • Online courses are available to you immediately after purchase.
  • California LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs can fulfill 100% of their CE hours online.
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