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Wed, Apr 19


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Preventing Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue within Efforts to Support System Involved Youth Using Ancient Practices

Robert Dousa

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Preventing Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue within Efforts to Support System Involved Youth Using Ancient Practices

Time & Location

Apr 19, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Robert Dousa

Training Description

One of the most significant challenges for those supporting system involved youth is to effectively engage families and help them build constructive, transformational behaviors that are sustainable and lead to improved outcomes for system involved youth. In this training, we will explore how to enhance our capacity to support system involved youth by exploring how to recognize and prevent or manage Vicarious Trauma and/or Compassion Fatigue to strengthen our resilience and the resilience of the system involved youth and families we support. Practicing and sharing the methods outlined by this workshop will allow us to improve the practice of how we model taking care of ourselves and empower system-involved youth and families youth to do the same.

Learning Objective

● Participants will be able to identify at least 2 energy management approaches that can be used to prevent or manage vicarious trauma.

● Participants will be able to identify at least 2 transformational Healing Engagement Practices that support us with developing a balanced relationship with system-involved youth and families.

● Participants will be able to set up a 2-step Self Care Plan that strengthens protective factors while supporting system involved youth towards successful outcomes.


1:00-1:05pm  Sign-in and Introduction

1:05-1:20pm  A sampling of approaches that foster resilience when supporting system-involved youth.

1:20-1:45pm  Explore Vicarious Trauma/Compassion Fatigue and how it shows up in supporting system-involved youth.

1:45-2:20pm  Examine simple “Ancient Healing Practices” methods to support oneself towards thriving when supporting system-involved youth which could foster their own resilience and help them heal from vicarious trauma.

2:20-2:50pm  Practice “Ancient Healing Practices” while roleplaying with colleagues how it works to support one another when guiding system-involved youth energy towards positive behavioral change.

2:50-3:00pm  Wrap Up

Meet Our Trainer

Mr. Robert Dousa is the founding Managing General Partner of Independent Strengths Building Consulting. This business includes: Individual Anger Management & Addictive Behavior Recovery Coaching, Conducting training of: Situational Leadership/Strengths-Based Life Skills Coaching, Brief Intervention & Motivational Interviewing, Drug, Anger Management, & Family interventions, Neuroscience-Based Leadership & Rapport Building, & Organizational Prevention Strategy Consultation, & Mandated Reporter Training for CA. Mr. Robert Dousa's full time position is the  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs Program Manager of Intervention and Prevention for the Behavioral Health Department of the Oakland Unified School District, CA. This program includes managing the prevention and intervention of substance abuse of all tobacco, alcohol, and drugs from Oakland’s 85 public schools, K-12. Robert Dousa has served in this capacity for the Oakland Unified School District since 2005 and prior to that served as a substance abuse counselor in school districts in Alameda County, CA.

This course meets the qualifications for (2) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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