Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Trauma: Implications for Special Educators
Compassion fatigue, sometimes known as secondary trauma, was first identified more than 65 years ago. It is common among individuals who work directly with trauma victims such as therapists, teachers, psychologists, nurses, police officers, first responders, and animal welfare workers.
Every day, educators struggle to help students with complex needs, and are exposed to heart-wrenching emotional challenges. The work can take its toll on everyone from full-time employees to part-time volunteers. Eventually, it can produce hopelessness, stress, anxiety, sleeplessness or nightmares, and a pervasive negative attitude, decreased productivity, the inability to focus, and feelings of incompetency and self-doubt.
The path to wellness and recovery begins with awareness. In this program, participants will learn:
• about the roots and symptoms of secondary trauma
• tools for self-assessment of secondary trauma
• evidence-based resources for recovery
• mindfulness approaches and strategies to promote wellness and healing
This workshop will feature:
Dr. Ange Puig, a licensed psychologist, earned his undergraduate degree from Iona College and his doctoral degree in psychology from Columbia University. He holds memberships in the N.J.P.A. and Amercian Psychological Association's Division for Trauma Stress, and a Certificate of Proficiency in the Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and other psychoactive substances. Dr. Puig is the past board president for the 'Prevention Plus' of Burlington County Drug and Alcohol Council, and past president of the Mental Health Association of Southwestern New Jersey. He is an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College teaching graduate courses on trauma and violence. His private practice, spanning over 35 years, provides individual treatments for people affected by traumatic stress, forensic assessments, and consultation and training in areas related to traumatic stress issues.
3 CEU Credits for Educators will be offered.