December 5 & 7, 2023 | Fostering Resiliency: Understanding the Professional Hazards of Burnout, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and the Practice of Self-Compassion


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December 5 & 7, 2023 | 9:00-11:30am


Part One: The Age of Overwhelm and its Implications for Professional Health
Being a health care provider comes with rewards and challenges. For many of us, it is a vocation that we are proud to be a member of, and yet there are times when the stressors can become too much to manage. Compounding the stressors associated with our profession, we face a myriad of issues impacting our clients, our communities, and ourselves. Is it any wonder that we feel overwhelmed? Recovery and resiliency can seem out of reach, replaced by behaviors and feelings that may not serve us in the long run. Now is the time to restore our perspective and remind ourselves that as overwhelmed as we are, we do have the capacity to regain equilibrium by engaging in self-reflection and remembering that we are wired to respond to stress in ways that are not always helpful. How can we re-wire, practice acceptance, and recognize the ways in which we can impact change while letting go of what we cannot change? How can we learn new behaviors and acknowledge the good, bad, and ugly feelings that come with our humanity? Let’s become as stress-proof as possible by growing our individual and community resiliency.

Part Two: Self-Compassionate, Resilient, and Creative Providers
This workshop will focus on self-compassion and ways to foster resiliency through creativity. The workshops will build our knowledge and skills around how toxic stress and trauma are impacting us. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in reflective activities while discussing strategies/coping skills. In this session we will explore drama-based pedagogy, arts integration, movement and breathing as ways to creatively engage in embodied ways of learning and practicing the knowledge gained. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of the client population and how to support them using a trauma and resiliency-informed framework.


  1. Recognize the signs of burnout and stress overload and understand the impact of stress on providers.
  2. Foster resilience and adaptability in our personal and professional roles.
  3. Encourage and embrace the concepts of acceptance, self-compassion, open dialogue, and peer support.
  4. Explore creative and embodied methods of learning and practicing self-compassion and further develop/enhance coping skills for self-compassion and resilience.
  5. Gain an understanding of trauma-informed care and its application.
  6. Promote self-awareness and reflection and commit to applying knowledge and skills in work and daily life.

Arabella Pérez, DSW, MSW, LCSW | Dr. Pérez is a licensed clinical social worker of 30 years and the Chief Operating Officer of Social Current responsible for managing an extensive portfolio on organizational excellence with a focus on accreditation; child, family, and community wellbeing; equity, diversity, and inclusion; leadership and organizational excellence; brain science, trauma informed approaches, and workforce resilience; and policy and government affairs. Prior to joining Social Current, Dr. Pérez was the vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for the National Association of Social Work and a social work professor at the University of New England. From 2005-2015, she served as a system of care director, leading three grant initiatives for the state of Maine funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). She is the founder and former chief executive officer of THRIVE, a nonprofit, technical assistance center for trauma- and culturally informed care. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Hanley Leadership Program and was named a teaching scholar on justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion for the University of New England. Dr. Pérez is a certified cultural competency educator and has consulted with states and communities on the development of behavioral health systems through federal site monitoring and coaching for SAMHSA. Her private consultation practice has focused on leadership and trauma-informed organizational change management in the private and not for profit sectors. She is a sought-out presenter and has published on the topic of trauma-informed care and culturally empowering education. She received her MSW and DSW from Tulane University.

Contact hours:
5 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
5 category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
5 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval from the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
5 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Attendees are required to be present for 100% of both training sessions and complete the course evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Partial credit will not be awarded.