Between 40% and 85% of “helping professionals” develop vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and/or high rates of traumatic symptoms, according to compassion fatigue expert Francoise Mathieu (2012). Social workers are not immune to this "cost of caring" and the consequences can be serious and career-altering including boundary violations, blurring of personal and professional values, impaired decision-making, and differential treatment of clients. This ethics intensive will take place as a roundtable discussion and is limited to 25 participants; two articles are to be read prior to the intensive. Three (3) contact hours of CEU credit are available. This training is offered via a small group discussion format.
1. Develop self-assessment skills to recognize signs of compassion fatigue at various points in professional career path.
2. Identify common "cost of caring" areas and best practices for addressing compassion fatigue in yourself and in colleagues within the context of the NASW Code of Ethics.
3. Develop a personal self-care toolkit to implement at the conclusion of the intensive which incorporates the principles of ethical decision-making and ethical care of self.
Valerie Radu, PhD, LCSW has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Tennessee since 1996.
Dr. Radu has nearly 20 years of experience as a practitioner, community leader, faculty member and administrator in a variety of settings. She uses collaboration, experiential learning, and other innovative techniques to both teach and lead. She has a special interest and commitment to the principles of social justice, peace, and reconciliation on personal, community, and global levels. Since 1996 she has been a frequent presenter on aging issues, ethics, diversity/cultural competence, and leadership development in the southeastern United States for a variety of professional organizations and groups. For the past 10 years, she has also provided clinical supervision to MSW social workers seeking hours towards LCSW licensure.
NOTE: The Tennessee Board of Social Work Certification and Licensure does not preapprove continuing education programs. It is the responsibility of the social worker, using their professional judgment, to justify that the continuing educational program meets the guidelines of the Licensure Board and is relevant to their professional practice. All social workers should review the specific requirements to ensure the workshops they are attending are applicable and appropriate to their professional development.