ACA's Taskforce on Counselor Wellness and Impairment

Educational Programs

Education is the first step in preventing impairment. By reviewing the information on this site, counselors can increase their knowledge about issues of impairment and begin developing a self-care program individualized to meet the needs of their whole self. It is important to begin a dialogue with colleagues and supervisors about the impact of the work and ways to make wellness a reality, both individually and systemically. In addition to reviewing the content of this site and dialoguing with peers about these important issues, many counselors find it helpful to attend in-person training programs. Wherever counselors may find themselves on the spectrum from wellness to impairment, educational programs focused on developing self-awareness, creating community, and learning tools to transform stress can help build their resiliency against impairment.

We would like for this page to be an ever-growing listing of available training opportunities across the nation that focus on the topics of stress, impairment, vicarious traumatization, self-care and wellness. Please forward training announcements so that we can post them here for all counselors to access.

Ongoing Training Programs

Risking Connection
An experiential, empowerment-based training program on working more effectively with trauma survivors. This training provides participants with important information on trauma, counter-transference, vicarious traumatization, and self-care.

Vicarious Traumatization Workshop and Consultations
The Traumatic Stress Institute staff developed the concept of vicarious traumatization. Through their organization, counselors can participate in workshops or consultations on vicarious traumatization to discuss the therapeutic relationship, examine counter-transference responses,and gain information and awareness about the effects and management of vicarious traumatization.

Healing through Creative Expression
An experiential workshop that increases understanding of vicarious trauma and offers creative approaches to working with our experiences. Participants will experience firsthand the rejuvenating effects of creative activities designed to assist helpers by focusing on triumph, hope, visioning towards the future and releasing trauma.

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