Compassion Fatigue Educator


When Professional Caregiving Enhances/Undermines Self-Care

April 20, 2019

Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center

2886 S. Circle Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Presented by

Rocky Mountain Traumatology Institute


The Self-Care Center for Professionals

Led by

Dr. Jay Martin, LMFT, CT, CFS

Workshop Goals

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

1.  Specify ways that professional caregiving is a form of self-       care;

2. Recall the cycle of caring and its implications for                       professional practice;

3.  Identify hazards of professional caring that challenge,                complicate and/or interfere with self-care;

4.  Distinguish between compassion fatigue, burnout,                    vicarious traumatization & ambiguous endings and identify       features of each;

5.  Utilize self-assessment instruments that reflect one's                 current status and provide guidance for improved                        functioning in self-care;

6.  Define resiliency and describe a model of practitioner               resiliency;

7.  Identify strategies for burnout prevention and for sustaining       professional and personal resiliency/self-care;

8. Develop an individual and personalized self-care plan with       strategies to be implemented with the next 90 days and             within the next year;

9. Experience affirming, supportive interactions with other           professional caregivers in a safe, comfortable & respectful         environment;

10.  Network with other professionals who are committed to         both qualitative professional caregiving and enhanced self-       care.

Workshop Details

A.  Preregistration is required and is completed upon receipt of the registration form available on this site and the workshop fee. 

B.  Cost:  Pre-registration is required no later than April 17. Cost before April 1 is $129.00 and $159.00 thereafter.  The workshop fee includes printed materials and LUNCH for each participant, the latter of which will be ordered by each participant from an eleven-item hotel menu early in the workshop and later served in the meeeting room.

C.  Location:  The workshop will be held in the Freemont at Hotel Elegante, which is located on the first floor just inside the rear entrance of the hotel.  The most convenient parking is also found at the rear of the hotel.

D.  Certification as a Compassion Fatigue Educator: This workshop meets the requirements for this certification with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. If you want to pursue this certification, please indicate that on your preregistration form so that you will receive a certificate of completion of this workshop. For more details, see

E.  Co-Sponsor:  The Self-Care Center for Professionals is a new consultation practice of Dr. Jay Martin and is designed to provide a wide range of services to professional caregivers.  For additional details, please see


Certified Traumatology Training

Part I:  Field Traumatology



This workshop is designed for all professionals who work with those impacted by a disaster or traumatic event & management of agencies who provide services for the traumatized. These include but are not limited to:  the entire spectrum of mental health professionals, chaplains, nurses, school counselors, EMS & law enforcement personnel, teachers, ministers, EAP staff, agency administrators, morticians, and volunteers with all organizations that provide disaster assistance. 


Field Traumatology is the first of five courses or trainings leading to the Certified Traumatologist certification with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) and fulfills most of the requirements for certification as a Field Traumatologist. It is prerequisite for Parts II-V. 


For certification with GCAT, three free online FEMA courses must be completed at


  •   IS-7: A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance 

  •   IS 100: Introduction to Incident Command System 

  •   IS 700:  National Incident Management System 


For specific details regarding certification, go to


Workshop Goals


1.  Prepare participants to lessen the impact of a disaster or critical incident on individuals, families, groups and communities


2.  Affirm and expand professional competencies in the provision of crisis intervention services


3.  Prepare participants through training for future deployment opportunities in post-disaster locations, both near and far


4.  Facilitate health and well-being of professional caregivers who want to participate in disaster mental health through education, networking, support and self-care


5.  Fulfill criteria for certifications with Green Cross as a Field Traumatologist, complete part one of Certified Traumatologist training and/or facilitate participation in other disaster relief organizations


Workshop Objectives


At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following:


  •   Understand & empathize with those impacted by disasters

  •   Specify the range of "victims" of a disaster or traumatic event

  •   Understand the continuum of stress responses to disaster

  •   Identify the phases of a disaster and potential deviations from these

  •   Identify causes of trauma & potential risk factors for post-traumatic stress               syndrome development

  •   Discuss the impact of disasters/traumatic events on families & communities

  •   Specify the phases of recovery from trauma & the role of disaster mental health          (DMH) in that process

  •   Identify the key concepts of field traumatology and the four waves of interventions

  •   Review research findings of early interventions-what nurtures resilience/post-trauma growth

  •   Understand the core elements of Enhanced Psychological First Aid

  •   Recognize needed characteristics of disaster mental health workers & the rewards of DMH

  •   Specify factors involved in preparation for post-disaster deployment & ways to assist without being deployed

  •   Gain knowledge of the incident command system, its importance & how DMH functions within it

  •   Assess impact of providing DMH services on professional caregiver through self-

        test instruments

  •   Distinguish between compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue and


  •   Apply prevention and self-care strategies to facilitate professional



Workshop Administration


The workshop is highly interactive and utilizes multiple learning activities including small and large group discussions, individual exercises, informal dialogue, multi-media presentations and limited lecture. Workshop participants receive a manual with course content/resources as well as a personalized certificate upon its completion. 


The workshop schedule is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, with sign-in and coffee beginning at 8:00 a.m. Each day will include a fifteen-minute break in the morning and afternoon, plus a one-hour break for lunch. It also requires both sign-in and sign-out to vertify attendance for CEU and certificate purposes.


The cos is $279.00 for all professionals and $199.00 for current graduate students or unlicensed counseling graduates from Regis University. The fee includes the cost of manuals, two hot lunches served at the Retreat Center's Dining Room.


ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and must be received NO LATER THAN MAY 27, 2015 (a requirement of the Retreat Center) and is accomplished by completing the workshop registration form on this website along with full payment via check or credit card.  Registration forms & checks should be made out to Rocky Mountain Traumatology Institute and mailed to PO Box 7176, Woodland Park, CO  80863. Registration can be completed also by providing the information on the Registration Form on this website via email, telephone or fax (719-264-1094). No refunds for cancellation after May 27 but payment can be applied to future workshops. For additional information, contact Dr. Jay Martin at (719) 482-6978 or .


Workshop Leadership

The workshop instuctor is Dr. Jay Martin, Director of the Rocky Mountain

Traumatology Institute and the Center for Families In Transition. He is a Certified Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Educator with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.  He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, an AAMFT-approved supervisor a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional.  He is the Lead Affiliate Faculty member in the graduate programs of counseling at Regis University, Colorado Springs campus.


PART II:  Assessment & Treatment of Trauma: 

This workshop and Parts II-V are for mental health professionals only. It Identifies different types of trauma and differentiates dynamics between trauma types.It addresses symptoms & associated features of post-traumatic stress syndrome & implications for personality development & relationships. It includes instruments used to assess trauma syndromes and the challenges and timing of their utilization> it also utilizes Judith Herman’s tri-phasic approach to treatment & how it can be used & modified clinically;. It also compares and contrasts major treatments of PTSS and examines research regarding the efficacy of each. It also addresses Prerequisite for Parts III—V.


Part III:  Relational Applications of Trauma-Informed Care

This workshop addresses variations of responses to traumatic events across various cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, family & age groups and communities & the impact of traumatic events on these.  It also addresses family dynamics involved with traumatic events & ways to facilitate family involvement in treatment process. It reviews effective efforts at trauma stabilization & resolution that change to meet unique requirements of diverse communities & cultures. It also facilitates cultural competence in using flexible assessments & interventions that honor uniqueness & work across different contexts.  Prerequisite for Parts IV & V.


Part IV:   Competence in Treatment of Traumatized:  

This workshop applies an integrative approach to trauma treatment that utilizes some aspects of different treatment approaches, both traditional & nontraditional, depending on the type(s) of trauma, the number and extent of traumatic experiences, the current context and resources of the client and other variables that might significantly influence the efficacy of treatment. Prerequisite for Part V.


Part V:  Practice of Clinical Traumatology

This segment of training requires 100 hours of face-to-face work with traumatized persons (individual, couple and/or group therapy) and completion of 20 hours of face-to-face supervision by a Certified Traumatologist.  It involves the development of competence in the full-range of skills involved in treatment:  screening, intake, assessment, treatment plan, treatment trajectory and treatment adaptations utilizing the integrative approach. It also involves developing & maintaining a therapeutic alliance and the maintenance of a non-anxious presence with the traumatized client while demonstrating skill in identifying counter-transference, compassion fatigue and burnout & in managing these constructively.


Parts II through V are sequential and will be scheduled based on the availability & commitment of those who have completed the necessary prerequisites.

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