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#20220106 – WEBINAR: Addressing Secondary Trauma & Compassion Fatigue

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(January 2022)  This workshop will identify and address the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) and Compassion Fatigue (CF) on caregivers. While Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue have always been significant concerns for caregivers, COVID has brought about and even more intensive level of fatigue and has increased the potential for burn-out. This workshop will provide suggestions on addressing both STS and CF on a personal level as well as on a systemic level.

Dr. James Henry, PhD is a co-founder and project director for the Western Michigan University Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC). He has a professional history that includes more than 17 years as a child welfare and protective services worker/supervisor. He has trained and developed 15 trauma assessment centers in Michigan and Colorado modeled on CTAC’s transdisciplinary comprehensive neurodevelopment trauma assessments. He has been a professor in WMU’s School of Social Work for 19 years, with a focus on developing and providing trauma-informed instruction in the social work curriculum.

Dr. Henry has published more than 20 research articles in professional journals on child maltreatment and child trauma. He has presented at local, state, national and international conferences to over 80,000 participants on the traumatic impact of child maltreatment, secondary trauma, and building trauma informed systems.  He is a co-author on the book, Seeking Justice, which explores investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual abuse.

He is the principal investigator on seven federal and one state grant related to violence and trauma to children totaling 11 million dollars.  He has received eight community, state, and national awards for his advocacy, leadership, and scholarship in child welfare and child trauma. His lifelong goal is to provide society’s most vulnerable children, those who have been maltreated and traumatized, with the greatest opportunity to become who they were meant to be through service, research and educating others. He continues to be inspired to continue this work by listening to the children tell their courageous stories.

Mark A. Sloane, DO has been a board-certified practicing pediatrician for more than 39 years and is considered a local, regional, and statewide expert in the diagnosis/treatment of pediatric disorders of mood, behavior, learning, and attention. He has evaluated/treated 10,000 children with these disorders, and from 2003-2019 (after 20 years practicing primary care general pediatrics) he owned and operated a specialty practice limited to neurobehavioral / neurodevelopmental pediatrics.

He also serves as a trauma-informed medical consultant and provides trauma-informed / FASD-informed training and consultation for a variety of child welfare agencies, community mental health groups, schools, courts, and primary care practices throughout Michigan and across the US. Since 2011, Sloane has provided trauma-informed training and consultation to more than 750 primary care providers/staff across MI and the US, and is currently providing training and consultation for multiple community collaborative trauma projects across MI.

Dr. Sloane’s current research interests include an interdisciplinary collaborative translational neurobiological research approach to complex childhood neurobehavioral disorders in multiple settings. This approach involves the neurobehavioral interface of neurodevelopment, mood, attention and behavior in traumatized and prenatally-exposed children and adolescents. He has co-authored numerous publications and has delivered more than 1000 presentations to more than 80,000 interdisciplinary professionals across Michigan, Minnesota, the US, and Canada.

(1 hour, 58 minutes)

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