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Continuing Education Workshops for Therapists, Counselors, and Mental Health Professionals

Skyland Trail offers continuing education workshops for mental health professionals throughout the the year. Professional workshops for therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals feature Skyland Trail clinicians as well as mental health clinicians from the community. Mental health workshops focus on best practices for treating mood, thought and anxiety disorders as well as topics related ethics, telemental health and professional self care.

For questions about continuing education workshops, please contact Molly Mercer-Deadman at

Upcoming Workshops

Effective & Ethical Self-Care for Clinicians: Post-Pandemic through Today

Monday, June 13, 2022
12:00–5:30 p.m. Eastern

The personal and professional tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and clinical social workers at elevated risk for compassion fatigue and burnout. Most clinicians learn very quickly that impairment and burnout can sneak up on us before we even realize it. During this workshop, participants will explore how compassion fatigue develops for clinicians, and its relationship with countertransference, the development of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. During this workshop, participants will be encouraged to engage in an honest assessment of both their levels of wellness and impairment, as well as take a look at the effectiveness of their current wellness practices. Participants will enjoy engaging in interactive self-care activities that can lay a foundation for the building of motivation and a renewed commitment to wellness. Codes of Ethics related to professional impairment will be reviewed, along with practical examples of how unrecognized impairment, related to multiple negative effects of the pandemic, can linger, and continue to impede clinical and supervisory effectiveness long past the time when things seem to be back to normal. Finally, clinicians will begin the creation of a personalized wellness plan and demonstrate how to facilitate one for others.

Learning Objectives:

  • Consider the wellness - self-acceptance connection
  • Identify factors contributing to vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout in clinicians
  • Discuss the impact of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout on professional and ethical service provision
  • Identify Codes of Ethics related to practitioner professional impairment
  • Assess practitioner levels of compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Identify self-care ethics and factors related to personal wellness preparation and maintenance
  • Develop a personalized wellness plan, and discuss ethical responsibility for assisting others to do the same

Continuing Education: 5 Ethics Credits for practitioners in Georgia (applications made to LPCA-GA, GAMFT, GSCSW, and GPA).

Cost: $90


Dr. Sonja Sutherland
Sonja Sutherland, PhD, LPC, BC-TMH, CPCS, ACS
Core Faculty, Walden University School of Counseling, Diversity Consultant and Trainer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

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