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Wed, Dec 20


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Strategies to Address Vicarious Trauma for Those who Support System Involved Youth

Nola Kesia Brantley and Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

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Strategies to Address Vicarious Trauma for Those who Support System Involved Youth
Strategies to Address Vicarious Trauma for Those who Support System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Dec 20, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley and Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Training Description

This training will discuss vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and moral distress that can arise when supporting system involved transition age youth. When individuals don’t intentionally care for themselves and have awareness of the impacts of vicarious trauma, this can unintentionally negatively impact outcomes for system involved transition age youth. The trainer will discuss strategies participants can utilize to prevent or manage vicarious trauma and become more resilient and compassionate. It’s essential for those who support system involved youth to prioritize well-being so we can model this for transition age youth and families and support improved outcomes.

Learning Objectives

• Participants will be able to identify at least 2 signs of vicarious trauma.

• Participants will be able to identify at least 2 preventative strategies to address vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and moral distress.

• Participants will be able to explain how preventing or addressing vicarious trauma impacts efforts to support system involve transition age youth and families.


10:00-10:15am Trainer & Topic Introductions

10:15-10:30am Getting Started: Practice Activity

10:30-10:45am Getting Started: Vulnerability Video/Discussion

10:45-11:00am Defining Compassion Fatigue

11:00-11:15am Factors Contributing to Compassion Fatigue

11:15-11:30am Defining Vicarious Trauma

11:30-11:45am Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

11:45am-12:00pm Factors Contributing to Vicarious Trauma

12:00-12:15pm Defining Moral Distress

12:15-12:30pm Factors Contributing to Moral Distress

12:30-12:45pm Defining Burn-Out

12:45-1:00pm Factors Contributing to Burn-Out

1:00-1:30pm Lunch-break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:30-1:45pm Cultivating Compassion Satisfaction

1:45-2:00pm Enjoying Vicarious Resilience

2:00-2:15pm Preventative Strategies: Strengthening Our Bodies

2:15-2:30pm Preventative Strategies: Routines

2:30-2:45pm Self Care

2:45-3:00pm Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

3:00-3:15pm Ethical Principles of Self Care

3:15-:3:30pm Self-Compassion

3:30-3:45pm Self Compassion Ted Talk

3:45-4:00pm Questions and Closing

Meet Our Trainer

T Ortiz, A.K.A. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is an international Anti-Trafficking Activist and Foster Youth Advocate. Beginning her work in Oakland as an Inaugural WestCoast Children's Clinic Y.A.P. advocate and a co-collaborator and leader during the inception of M.I.S.S.S.E.Y, advocating for Measure Y funding, and keynoting Alameda County's first HEAT conference. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with specialized expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic child sex trafficking. Her Federal work was vital in the passing of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and The JVTA (Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act). In 2021, she was Honored by NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) as a “Hero Award” Recipient. In 2020, she was awarded “The Last Girl Award'' from Apne Aap International (India). In 2014, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year '' in 2011. Her work has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The U.S. Congress, The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she has led a TEDx talk on Exploring Sexuality after Trauma. She has successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance with her #NoSuchThingAsAChildProstitute Campaign. T is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University holding a degree in Strategic Communications.

Nola Kesia Brantley, CEO & Founder of Nola Brantley Speaks has become nationally recognized as a powerful Survivor voice for the issue of child sex trafficking through her moving and information packed public speaking. Her hard work and perpetual vigilance has brought both focus and concrete resources to this chronically underserved and largely unrecognized population of victimized youth. Nola’s approach aims to be holistic!

This course meets the qualifications for (5.0) 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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