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Fri, Jan 15


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Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma When Serving Foster Youth: Self Care Practices

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Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma When Serving Foster Youth: Self Care Practices

Time & Location

Jan 15, 2021, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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About the Event

Sonja Lenz-Rashid, PhD, LCSW

Training Description

The training workshop will take a trauma-informed care lens when describing Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various vicarious trauma experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care - and how compassion fatigue and burnout may impact us in our work. Self care practices will also be discussed. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify situations where they may begin to experience Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue (skill building)
  • Participants will apply and practice strategies (via role plays) of mindfulness and Self Care, in order to build Compassion Satisfaction (skill building)
  • Participants will learn about how trauma, and being involved in the child welfare system, may impact a foster youth's experiences with professional boundaries (knowledge building)


9:30am - 9:45am Introductions and Training Objectives

9:45am - 10:30am Section I: Overview of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

10:30am - 11:15am Section II: Building Insight and Awareness about recognizing CF and VT in our work

11:15am - 12:00pm Section III: Case Vignettes and Discussion

12:00pm - 12:30pm Section IV: Self Care Techniques

Meet Our Trainers

Dr. Sonja Lenz-Rashid is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at San Francisco State University. Dr. Lenz-Rashid has over 25 years of experience in direct service and administrative practice in non-profit community-based organizations serving at-risk youth and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2005 she co-founded the Guardian Scholars Program at San Francisco State, a supportive program for undergraduate students with a history of foster care. She is currently the program’s Clinical and Evaluation Consultant. She is also a clinical trainer at various non-profits serving foster youth in the Bay Area.

This course meets the qualifications for (3.0) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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