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This is Killing Me: Managing Stress from Secondary Trauma

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Belmont University, Inman Hall, Frist Lecture Hall (4th Floor)

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

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The Tennessee Counseling Association & Belmont University invite you to a free and open Community Conversation.

Seeing and Hearing this is Killing Me: Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress

Many of us enter fields becuase we want to help people; Nurses, First Responders, Attorneys, and the list goes on. We get to be a part of helping people heal, protecting people from danger, preserving order in a chaotic world. But it's hard work that comes with seeing the worst of what humanity has to offer. Seeing and hearing about the traumatic events of others has a profound effect. We've long called it burnout, but it goes deeper than that. Burnout might just be about being tired, losing passion for the job. If you can relate to that burnout feeling, but feel like there's more to it than that you might be experiencing Secondary Traumatic Stress.

About the Presenters

Drs. Stephen and Lynn Jennings are licensed professional counselors in Texas who received their Ph.Ds. in Counselor Education from Texas Tech University in 2015. After working as professional counselor employees for many years, they opened a successful private practice, Jennings Counseling Services, in Amarillo, Texas. Jennings Counseling Services employs 13 staff/counselors and serves the needs of more than 500 clients. They are being honored as Distinguished Graduates from West Texas A&M University in October 2017 and have authored book chapters and articles in the areas of marriage and family therapy, adolescent issues, and
ethical issues in treating children.

After much experience in the mental health field, Drs. Jennings and Jennings became aware that trauma affects even those who witness it second-hand. Due to heightened interest in secondary trauma from attorneys, judges, nurses, doctors, police officers, and others who experience secondary trauma routinely, the Jennings developed expertise on the subject and published numerous publications in the Texas Bar Journal in 2016 and the International Family Law Magazine in 2015. They recently completed research presentations entitled, “Secondary Trauma in Capital Defense Attorneys,” and “Secondary Trauma in Multi-Disciplinary Teams.” These teams consist of law enforcement, forensic interviewers, sexual assault nurses, and other first responders. Join us as these prominent counselors share their expertise on secondary traumatic stress and reveal strategies for identifying and overcoming the issue.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone experiencing second-hand trauma
  • Attorneys and Judges
  • Educators and Students
  • First Responders
  • Graduate Students
  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Nurses, Doctors, and Other Medical Personnel
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers

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Attendees may park for free in the Visitor Parking Sections of the JAAC, McWhorter, or Curb Event Center parking garages.

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Belmont University, Inman Hall, Frist Lecture Hall (4th Floor)

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