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Beyond Self-Care: Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress through a Skills-Based Model

  • May 21, 2021
  • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Video Conference
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The potential deleterious impacts on professionals working with survivors of trauma are often discussed with limited attention to methods to minimize this secondary traumatic stress.  This seminar will provide an introduction to the Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT) model. Developed by Dr. Brian Miller, CE-CERT is a skills-based approach to improving provider well-being and effectiveness in working with traumatized clients. Drawing from what is known about trauma impacts and treatment, CE-CERT posits that secondary traumatic stress is not developed in response to mere exposure to others’ trauma stories, but occurs when feeling overwhelmed or helpless. This and other past assumptions of clinician impacts will be discussed.  In contrast to self-care strategies that require the individual to engage in a restorative practice after-work, the CE-CERT model proposes micro-interventions done throughout the day. The five core components of CE-CERT: Experiential Engagement, Reducing Rumination, Conscious Narrative, Reducing Emotional Labor, and Parasympathetic Recovery, and the acquirable skills within each will be taught through both didactic and experiential activities.

Learning Objectives
Learn trauma-informed rationale for wellness
Learn five skill domains for promoting wellness, reducing secondary traumatic
     stress & burnout
Engage in personal application of skills learned.


    Elizabeth C. Risch, PhD Dr. Risch is a Clinical Psychologist on faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. She graduated from the University of Tulsa Clinical Psychology doctoral program in 2008 and completed postdoctoral fellowships in both pediatric psychology and child maltreatment at OUHSC. Dr. Risch provides clinical services and conducts training and research centered on effective treatment for families who have experienced trauma and promoting wellness among helping professionals. Her work focuses on enhancing family engagement and promoting equity in trauma-focused services. She is a Nationally Approved trainer for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT). Dr. Risch co-directs the statewide dissemination of trauma focused assessment and treatment for youth, providing training and consultation to all child -serving community mental health centers in the state of Oklahoma. As co-director of the Child Trauma Services clinic at CCAN, Dr. Risch remains actively engaged in clinical work and supervision of practicum, interns, and fellows.  

    CEUs offered: 3 ceu's


    Friday, May 21, 2021

    Program: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm, (pst)

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