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Effective Self-Care: Ensuring Professional Longevity & Avoiding Burnout-LIVE Webinar

Dr. Sonja Sutherland, LPC, BC-TMH, ACS

Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Early-bird Registration May 14, 2020 $98.00 $7.60
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Clinicians are at high risk of compassion fatigue or burnout. Most clinicians learn very quickly however, that impairment and burnout can sneak up on us before we even realize. During this workshop, participants will explore how compassion fatigue develops, and the relationships with countertransference, caregiver stress, burnout, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress. Clinicians will focus on their current self-care status and the building of motivation and a commitment to wellness. The ACA 2014 and NASW 2018 Codes of Ethics guidelines related to counselor professional impairment will be reviewed, along with practical examples of how unrecognized impairment can impede clinical effectiveness. Finally, clinicians will begin the creation of a personalized self-care plan, and demonstrate how to facilitate one for others.


This workshop is approved by NASWGA for 6 Core Hours.

This workshop is approved by LPCAGA for 6 Ethics Hours.

This workship is approved by MFTGA for 6 Core Hours.

Course Schedule & Learning Objectives


1.5 hrs


8:30am – 10:00am

  • Understanding practitioner trauma and burnout


10:00am – 10:15am


1.5 hrs

10:15am – 11:45pm

  • Ethics related to professional impairment


11:45pm – 12:45pm


1.5 hrs

12:45pm – 2:15pm

  • Assessing Compassion Fatigue & Factors in wellness preparation


2:15 – 2:30pm


1.5 hrs

2:30pm – 4:00pm

  • Application: Developing a personal stress management program



6.0 hrs




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Dr. Sonja Sutherland, LPC, BC-TMH, ACS


Dr. Sutherland is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University’s School of Counseling. She also serves as the Dean of Assessment, Planning and Accreditation, overseeing program and institutional accreditation. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, an NBCC Board Certified Telemental Health Counselor (BC-TMH), and an NBCC Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Sutherland is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD), the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA). Dr. Sutherland earned her PhD (Counselor Education and Supervision) from Regent University, Masters of Science (Professional Counseling) from Georgia State University, and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from New York University.



In the field of counseling since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Dr. Sutherland has provided therapeutic services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, for adolescents and adults, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Dr. Sutherland has specialized in working with adolescents, couples and families for the last 15 years. Her research has led to the development of a 10-week family conflict resolution and relationship restoration program geared towards improving intergenerational communication and relationship interaction between spouses, parents and children, and siblings.

During her years in the field, Dr. Sutherland has also served as a Director of Mental Health and Clinical Services for mid – large sized outpatient mental health organizations providing therapeutic intervention in the Cobb, Atlanta, and Stone Mountain areas. In this capacity, Dr. Sutherland provided strategic and financial direction, administrative oversight and accountability for clinical service provision, as well as clinical supervision for mental health professionals providing services to the community at large. Dr. Sutherland has been an Adjunct Professor at Kennesaw State University, and during the last several years has been involved in ongoing training of undergraduate and master’s level students entering the field. Dr. Sutherland provides clinical supervision services to clinicians pursuing licensure.

During the last 30 years, Dr. Sutherland has served as a guest lecturer, trainer and presenter for various counselor professional organizations including the SACES, ASERVIC, CAPS, GCCA, AMHCA, and LPCAGA. Additionally, she has worked with social, civic, educational and clinical organizations such as the University of Georgia, the Foster Families Treatment Association, the Woman’s Missionary Union of New York, the Women’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, Elite Women of Excellence, local churches, and various mental health agencies. 

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