November 06, 2020, from 9 to 12 noon
Virtual Training
3 continuing education credit Hours
Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP, DBH(s)


 Regular Registration: $60.00
Current NCSSS Field Instructor: $40.00
NCSSS Alumni: $40.00 
NCSSS Student: $20.00

Ellen Fink-Samnick

Ellen Fink-Samnick is Principal of EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC. An award winning industry thought leader for over 35 years, Ellen empowers the health and behavioral health workforce through professional speaking, writing, and consultation. A subject matter expert in Social Work Supervision, Clinical Social Work, and Ethics, Ellen is an esteemed author with over 100 publications to her credit. She has published content for many of the industry’s knowledge projects for practitioners, including books, articles, and chapters on Ethics, Technology, Workplace Bullying, Collaborative Care, Workforce Trauma, and the Social Determinants of Health. Her latest books include, The Essential Guide to Interprofessional Ethics for Healthcare Case Management, The Social Determinants of Health: Case Management's Next Frontier, and upcoming End of Life for Case Management are published through HCPro. Her blog, Ellen’s Ethical LensTM, and LinkedIn Group of the same name have attained global recognition.

An adjunct professor for George Mason and the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, Ellen is also Lead Supervision certification trainer for NASW of Virginia. She has served as a clinical exam item writer for the Association of Social Work Boards, commissioner for the Commission for Case Management Certification, and chair of their Professional Ethics and Conduct Committee. Ellen is also a Doctor in Behavioral Health student at Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies. Her LinkedIn profile provides further information


  Working in health and behavioral health care can prompt daily and escalating feelings of powerlessness, managing stress and burnout, longstanding issues for the health and behavioral health industry. However, the recent pandemic has put the interprofessional workforce, especially social workers at risk of trauma on steroids: vicarious, if not collective trauma. Practitioners and patients are amid unique and shared experiences of loss, cultural exclusion, and vulnerability to the virus’s ongoing impact The purpose of this training is to advance the attendee's ability to identify, anticipate, and address vicarious trauma, both individually and with colleagues.





Time Activity
9:00-9:15 Introduction
9:15-9:45 Occupational Trauma: Definitions and Distinctions
9:45-10:30 The Experience of Vicarious and Collective Trauma
10:30-11:00 Ethical Impact

Pandemic: Preservation and Beyond

11:45-12 noon

Questions and Answers

Learning Objectives

 Participants will be able to: 

  • Define vicarious trauma and recognize the telltale signs
  •  Assess the extent of vicarious trauma in their workplace and own practice
  •  Identify the intersection of the vicarious trauma, pandemic, and societal narratives(racism, diversity, equity)
  • Enact strategies to manage vicarious trauma
  • Identify industry resources to mitigate vicarious trauma
  • Apply content to professional standards, codes of ethics, and practice settings


Target Audience: Social Workers, Healthcare Providers

Content Level: Moderate

Learning Methods: 

  • Use of live, virtual platform (e.g., Zoom), interactive polls, lecture, interactive large and small group discussions, case scenarios

Contact Information:

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) 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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