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Wellness for Helping Professionals: Maintaining Hope and Optimism in Chaotic Times

September 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 28, 2018 @ 4:30 pm EDT

$25.00 – $100.00

About the workshop:

While there are many intrinsic rewards as a result of helping those who have been faced with traumatizing events, listening to stories of trauma may have negative effects on those serving in helping capacities. The emotional costs of caring for clients with histories of trauma can be significant, both on helpers themselves and those around them. Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) refers to those physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional reactions experienced by clinicians as a natural byproduct of working with those who have experienced trauma.

This workshop, sponsored by Antioch’s Wellness Institute will provide participants with the most current information on the neuroscience of secondary traumatic stress, in addition to evidence-based models and practices to increase resiliency to STS. An important component of the workshop is facilitated dialogue bringing together various members of the helping professions personal and systemic standards of practice for creating a climate conducive to wellness. The workshop is both experiential and interaction and participants will be provided with materials to develop their own wellness plans.

This workshop is geared toward counselors or clinicians currently working in the mental health field, but is also relevant for case managers, social workers, students, or others in a helping profession.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

– Understand physiology and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress.

– Understand factors that contribute to heightened stress (both primary and secondary.)

– Understand and develop individual strategies to address secondary traumatic stress.

– Understand the factors contributing to wellness and develop a personal wellness plan based upon evidenced-based practices.

– Understand systemic and organization factors that contribute to wellness.

– Incorporate creative and accessible strategies to maintain hope and optimism.

Schedule for September 27th

9:00 amDevelopment of shared understanding of Secondary Traumatic
10:00 amApplying the research on STS for practical application
10:30 am15 minute break
10:45 amEffective Strategies to prevent and mitigate the effects of Secondary Traumatic Stress
11:45 am1 hour lunch
12:45 pmDeveloping Individual Self Care plans
1:45 pmSystemic effects of STS, the effect on the organization
2:45 pm15 minute break
3:00 pmDeveloping organization plan to support wellness
4:00 pmDialogue and reflection
4:30Conclude for the day

Schedule for September 28th

9:00 amBuilding community and maintaining hope in times of chaos - experiential
10:30 am15 minute break
10:45 amDevelopment of shared understanding of the five factor wellness
12:00 pm1 hour lunch
1:00 pmAssessment and application of the five factor wellness
2:45 pm15 minute break
3:00 pmUnderstanding compassion satisfaction and vicarious
salutogenesis (the benefits of work in the helping professions)
3:30 pmNurturing resilience and developing renewed energy for the work
4:00 pmDialogue and reflection
4:30Evaluation and conclusion

About the Faculty:

Cathy Lounsbury, Ed.D., LCPC is a seasoned counselor, educator, and leader in the study and practice of trauma, wellness and resilience. Cathy has been a clinical mental health counselor for over 25 working with both children and adults, specializing in those who have experienced trauma.

Currently, Cathy serves as an Associate Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program of Antioch University New England, with a focus on trauma-informed treatment and clinical practice. In this role, she founded Antioch’s Institute on Wellness, providing consultation and training nationally on the mitigation of secondary traumatic stress. Within the Applied Psychology Department at Antioch, Cathy has developed training opportunities for students in trauma-informed, strength-based approaches, including an international clinical training opportunity working with children and teens in Peru.

Devona Stalnacker-Shofner, received her Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy UniversityAtlanta. Her dissertation research focused on wellness in graduate students as they transition to counselors-in-training and during clinical practicum. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Devona has been in professional practice as a counselor since 2001, and her experience includes providing individual, group, and marriage and family counseling to clients presenting with treatment concerns such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well as substance abuse, chemical dependency, and recovery. Additionally, her professional experience includes work with trauma, grief, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and self-mutilation/injury.


Registration Information

Register Here for Wellness for Helping Professionals.

Enrollment fee$100.
Discounted fee for current internship supervisors$75.
Discounted fee for AUNE alumni$50.
Discounted fee for AUNE faculty and students$25.
Continuing Education from the National Board of Certified Counselors

Antioch University New England has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No. 4338. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Antioch University New England is solely responsible for all aspects for the programs. The 2-day program offers 12 contact hours through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Individuals must attend the entire 2-day event to qualify for continuing education.


Registrants who cancel their participation in writing before or on September 20 will be eligible for a full refund. Those individuals cancelling in writing on or after September 21 will be eligible for a 50% refund. Please send cancellation requests to Shelley Viles,

Register Here for Wellness for Helping Professionals.


September 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am EDT
September 28, 2018 @ 4:30 pm EDT
$25.00 – $100.00
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