November 20, 2020, from 1 to 4 pm
3 continuing education credit Hours
Wilson Hurley, LCSW
Regular Registration: $60.00
Current NCSSS Field Instructor: $40.00
NCSSS Alumni: $40.00
NCSSS Student: $20.00
Wilson C. Hurley, LCSW is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and a clinical social worker in private practice in Centreville, VA. He specializes in working with children, adolescents and families, but also works with adults in individual and couples therapy. Mr. Hurley developed a mindfulness program for children in an outpatient treatment program in the 1980s before entering the Fairfax County Public Schools where he worked in centers for emotionally disabled children for twelve years. Since his return to private practice in 2001, Mr. Hurley has integrated mindfulness and other selective focus techniques into his work with clients. He has presented on mindfulness, mind/body research, and transforming stress to clinical social workers in the Fairfax County School System and has talked on spirituality and psychotherapy in various venues including the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, and the Northern Virginia Regional Support Center. More recently he has worked on a systematic approach to compassion development, which he presented at the 5th Annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) at Amherst College, the National Association of Social Workers' 2014 National Conference in Washington DC, and the American Psychological Association's 2014 National Conference in Washington DC. His publications include Enhancing a Positive School Climate with Compassion and Analytical Selective-Focus Skills (COMPASS), IISTE Journal of Education and Practice (2014), and The Water and Wood Shastras, which he co-translated from the Tibetan with Yeshe Khedrup (www.karunapublications.org, 2012). Currently, plans are underway to publish a book entitled Compassion’s Compass, Strategies for Developing Kindness and Insight (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).
This seminar will focus on defining empathy and compassion, exploring their importance in helping relationships, understanding the dangers of compassion fatigue, and learning strategies to regain equilibrium, restore self-care, and develop resilient compassion.
Providers in the helping professions often face challenges to compassion resilience when serving clients with multiple problems. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, and compassion resilience is the ability to maintain and even strengthen compassionate empathy in the face of difficult situations. Studies have shown that higher levels of empathy in helping relationships lead to better client outcomes and provider satisfaction. This seminar will review research on Secondary Traumatic Stress, Professional Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma along with approaches to protecting oneself from them. In particular, it will discuss a strategy called COMPASS, which stands for Compassion and Analytical Selective-Focus Skills, which can be used to renew and strengthen one’s compassionate insight on a daily basis.
|1:00 1:30||Definitions of empathy and compassion from different perspectives, including cultural, psychological and neurobiological|
|1:30-2:00||Discuss importance of empathy and compassion in being effective in the helping professions|
|2:00-2:30||Distinguish the similarities and differences between secondary traumatic stress, professional burnout, compassion fatique and vicarious trauma, along with knowing what symptoms to look for and what factors might make one vulnerable to them.|
|2:30-3:00||Presentation of empirically validated ways to safeguard oneself from succumbing to various forms to compassion fatigue.|
Experiential presentation of strategies from the COMPASS approach to maintain and enhance compassionate insight.
Questions and Answers
The Participants will be able to:
- Identify and understand various definitions of empathy and compassion from different perspectives including, cultural, psychological, and neurobiological.
- Describe the importance of empathy and compassion in being effective in the helping profession.
- Describe the similarities and differences between secondary traumatic stress, professional burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma along with knowing what symptoms to look for and what factors might make one vulnerable to them.
- Identify empirically validated ways to safeguard oneself from succumbing to various forms of compassion fatigue.
- Appy strategies from the COMPASS approach to maintain and enhance compassion insight.
Target Audience: Social Workers, Healthcare Providers
Content Level: Moderate
Learning Methods: Powerpoint presentation with lecture, questions and answers, and group activities
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Continuing Education Credit Hours
This organization (NCSSS, ACE#1424) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. The (NCSSS) maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval period: ( 2/2/2020-2/2/2023) . Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive (3.0) Continuing Education clock hours.
All participants will receive Continuing Education Credit Hour Certificates by email following completion of the workshop and the course evaluation.
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