The Institute’s purpose is twofold: (1) to prepare diverse professionals to respond supportively and therapeutically to those who are traumatized or may be potentially traumatized by disasters or critical incidents and (2) to provide supportive services to professionals who regularly work with those who are traumatized and/or highly distressed. This purpose is achieved in the following ways:
(1) Providing education and consultation services for those working directly with persons impacted by a disaster or critical incident;
(2) Providing training in disaster mental health, the treatment of trauma, compassion fatigue & burnout in order to support recovery/resilience/self-care and how to provide treatment for those with compassion fatigue and burnout;
(3) Providing personalized assessments and updates to or development of self-care plans for professionals of diverse disciplines in order to support their wellness and continuous occupational effectiveness;
(4) Assisting individual professionals who are dealing with compassion fatigue and/or burnout to facilitate their recovery process, wellness and return to effective functioning.
The Institute is a licensed training site of the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and our courses are approved for certification through the Academy. Certifications include: Field Traumatologist, Certified Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Compassion Fatigue Therapist. RMTI provides a personalized certificate of course completion which will be used to receive official certification by Green Cross. For specific details regarding these certifications, please visit the following website: .
The Field Traumatology workshop is for anyone who is involved or wants to be involved in assisting those impacted by a critical incident or disaster, either as a volunteer or in a professional role, and is Part I of the Certified Traumatology training for mental health professionals. The two-day workshop is designed to be interdisciplinary and cross-professional and covers a wide range of topics including preparation for a deployment. Each participant will receive a manual that summarizes workshop content and additional resources.
The Certified Traumatology training is a five-part sequential training experience for licensed mental health professionals who provide direct services to the traumatized. While the Field Traumatology workshop is the first and basic component, the second through fourth components focus on assessment and diverse treatment approaches to different types of trauma; the dynamics of traumatic experiences for individuals, families, organizations and communities with consideration of cultural differences; and training in an integrative or multi-faceted approach to treatment. The fifth component consists of twenty hours of supervision by a Certified Traumatologist of one hundred or more hours of counseling traumatized persons, which is usually done over a period of six to eighteen months. The frequency of the training workshops is determined by the interest and availability of participants who have completed the prerequisites.
The Compassion Fatigue Educator is an interdisciplinary workshop for any professional who works with the traumatized or for management/leadership in any organization that serves the traumatized or highly distressed. This one-day workshop differentiates between compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue (vicarious traumatization) and burnout, includes assessment instruments to identify features and implications of each, reviews different styles of caregiving and guides participants to develop both short and long-term personalized self-care plans. Printed materials including self-assessment tools are provided.
The Compassion Fatigue Therapist training is for licensed mental health professionals who are engaged or want to be engaged in providing direct therapeutic services to those experiencing compassion fatigue and/or burnout. This is a two-day workshop that reviews specific approaches to diverse caregiving styles, strengths and limitations of each, as well as interventions that might prove beneficial to each of these styles and the challenges involved in providing such services. A review of different treatment modalities is included. The Compassion Fatigue Educator workshop is a prerequisite for this course.
Other workshops provided by RMTI include:
* Risks and Rewards of Animal-Caregiving
Coping with Personal Disasters While Caring for Others
PTSD in Oncology Patients
Staying Alive in the Face of Death (for hospice workers & others)
Compassion Stress for Clergy (or nurses, school counselors, first responders, et al)
Traumatic Grief Versus Typical Grief
Enhanced Psychological First Aid
Challenges of Treating Combat Trauma
Spiritual Issues Inherent in Trauma
Ethical Issues in Disaster Mental Health
All of our workshops are designed to draw upon the strengths, experiences, training and interests of the participants and will utilize individual as well as small and large group activities, videos, role plays, lectures and other training modalities.
If you would like to participate in and/or schedule one of the workshops at your facility or in your locale, please contact Dr. Martin at or call 719 482-6978.
Self-Care For Professionals
Self-care is a growing emphasis among professionals of all disciplines. In some it is even considered an ethical imperative. Self-care guidelines, however, have often not been an emphasis in numerous professional training programs.
Many professionals are vulnerable to burnout and/or vicarious traumatization, due to their compassion and commitment to professional excellence, the demands of their workload and the high levels of distress of those they serve. Most persevere in spite of the toll their work takes upon them. The burden of confidentiality of professional caregivers greatly limits their ability to find and utilize support to address these issues. Yet the impact of either can adversely affect their professional functioning, as well as their personal lives and relationships.
For most professionals the focus on self-care is a solitary responsibility for which there is little or no external encouragement or support, other than possibly family. Many professional caregivers also carry the additional responsibility of being the family caregiver as well, thereby eliminating a potential source of support. While there are general suggestions available via professional websites regarding aspects of self-care, implementing those routinely in one’s professional practice and personal life can be incredibly difficult, “easier said than done,” and may sometimes seem to be impossible.