Vicarious Trauma: Day After Day, the Price Therapists Pay

Presented by Ellie Izzo, PhD, LPC on 01-20-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Recently, researchers have begun to reach beyond burnout and explore the impact of vicarious trauma on mental health and human services professionals. Vicarious trauma refers to the cumulative impact that trauma content stories have on those in the helping profession. It is defined as indirect and repeated exposure to trauma through the individual in therapy’s firsthand account or narrative of a traumatic event. This experience may result in a set of symptoms and reactions for the professional that parallel posttraumatic stress disorder. 

Research demonstrates that vicarious trauma has the potential to exact a devastating toll on the professional, including damage to brain cells that may result in disruptions in cognitive schema of one's identity, memory, and belief system. It may also result in physical illness, feelings of incompetence, cynicism, isolation, mitigated boundary judgment, and diminished self-control. 

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Ellie Izzo will address the ways that helping professionals can recognize and treat vicarious trauma. She will share her strategies for clinicians to maintain an ethical pace as they continue to work in a sometimes dangerous world.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the basics behind the neuroscience and empirical research regarding vicarious trauma.
  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma.
  3. Explain the phenomena of transference and countertransference.
  4. Discuss the use of controlled empathy and witnessing positions when helping others.
  5. Utilize professional strategizing for regular debriefing and peer support.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Ellie Izzo, PhD, LPC

Ellie Izzo, PhD, LPC

Dr. Ellie Izzo is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, Arizona who specializes in vicarious trauma and working with families in transition. She created and developed the Rapid Advance Process which is used to quickly offer relief to adult survivors of childhood trauma. The process has been globally effective because it trains the client to move out of negative brain circuitry and to build new neural pathways to the higher brain. This neural shift results in a better thinking and feeling outcome and contributes to optimum health.

Dr. Ellie Izzo is co-founder of and a core trainer with the Vicarious Trauma Institute and the Collaborative Divorce Institute. She appears regularly on television as an expert for supporting people in transition. She hosted her own call-in radio show in Phoenix and served as self-help editor for a nationally-syndicated trade magazine. She has served on the IACP Task Force for Training Development and has served as president and board member for Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona.

Ellie is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona. 

For more information about Dr. Izzo, please visit her website at www.vicarioustrauma.com

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.