Self-Care for Professionals Working with Trauma 102 – 6 NBCC Clock hours


Deepening: Understanding How to Use Your Emotional and Somatic Responses

Course Details:

Portland Course

Date: TBD

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Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with check-in from 8:30 AM – 9 AM (1 hour break for lunch 12-1 PM). Continental breakfast provided.

Seattle Course

Date: TBD

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Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with check-in from 8:30 AM – 9 AM (1 hour break for lunch 12-1 PM). Continental breakfast provided.

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Course Description

Healthy Minds Group, LLC has been approved by the National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6922. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Healthy Minds Group, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Mindful Caring for the Self of the Trauma Responder/Practitioner

Day 2: “Deepening: Understanding How to Use Your Emotional and Somatic Responses

This second workshop day in the series on self-care of the Trauma Responder/Practitioner will focus on how participants can begin to use their increased mindfulness to empower themselves and their clients.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop their curiosity to more deeply access and utilize their emotional and somatic responses.  Participants will learn and practice mindfulness skills that can be incorporated into their life as a method of preventing burnout and vicarious traumatization. Together, participants and presenters will examine the intersection of ethical self-care with the realities of institutional and cultural policies and influence. We will discuss the ways in which the stages of professional development and life transitions play a role in the way participants experience their work.  Using experiential exercises and case vignettes, participants can explore the spectrum of options beyond the limitations of “either/or” thinking.  The format of this session will promote increased awareness of how Responder/Provider participants from different work settings address self-care.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define Homogeneous and Idiosyncratic Countertransference and give examples from their own experience;
  2. Describe the behavioral differences that follow unconscious countertransference and mindful countertransference;
  3. Name three ways in which mindful self-care of the Responder/Practitioner empowers clients;
  4. Name three types of Self-disclosure and describe three ethical considerations in using self-disclosure;
  5. Name at least two ways to go beyond “either/or thinking.”


Course Presenters:

Joanna Colrain, LPC, CGP, ACS

Joanna practices in Decatur, Georgia, specializing in clinical supervision and providing training on the treatment of dissociative and borderline spectrum issues and the ethics of self-care and mindfulness. Joanna mentors professionals, healers and social change activists who are attempting to integrate their work into the rest of their lives in a way that feeds the soul, validates the authentic self, and builds community.

She was Clinical Supervisor and Trainer for the Survivor Support Program of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia for 13 years and served as Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services for its first 5 years. Joanna has authored articles, manuals, and chapters on the treatment of trauma and on supervision. In 1998, she developed “The Art of Clinical Supervision: Facilitating a Discovery ProcessTM” (a 24-hour CE course). Joanna was a member of the Core Facilitator Team for MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery for 7 years. She worked with the Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors and continues to provide consultation and volunteer services to agencies serving refugees and torture survivors. For 20 years, she’s been teaching Mindful Presence in Psychotherapy,TM which she developed with Jim Struve.


Jim Struve, LCSW

Jim has been a practicing social worker since 1976. He is currently in private practice in Salt Lake City. He has worked with males in a variety of clinical settings: child protective services, residential treatment, in-patient hospitals, community agencies, and outpatient private practice.

Jim is a founding member of MaleSurvivor.org and is currently the Coordinator for the Weekends of Recovery retreat program. Publications for Jim include: “Dancing With the Patriarchy: The Politics of Sexual Abuse” (1990); The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy (co- authored with Dr. Mic Hunter: 1997); “Beyond the Gay/Straight Binary: Gender and/or Sexually Diverse Male Survivors” (co- authored with Dr. Howard Fradkin and Lee Beckstead: 2017); and “Empowering Male Survivors to Heal Through Community and Peer Connections” (co-authored with Dr. Howard Fradkin: 2017).


Our cancellation policy

We reserve the right to cancel a Continuing Education Course and refund all fees in the event of insufficient registration. Participants who cancel their registration will receive a 90% refund when notice is given at least 7 days prior to the course date.

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