Counselor Wellness Institute Set for May 21-22 at AUNE

Helping clients who have been through trauma often exacts an emotional toll on mental health clinicians themselves. Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Applied Psychology Department will launch a pioneering Institute on Counselor Wellness to offer those clinicians information and help in becoming more resilient. The two-day capacity-building program will be held on the AUNE campus on May 21 and 22.

Clinicians who work with those who have experienced trauma are at risk of developing symptoms of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). The Institute on Counselor Wellness will provide participants with current information on the neuroscience of STS and ways to increase counselor resiliency to STS. One result of discussions at the institute could be standards of practice for creating a climate conducive to counselor wellness.

Presenters are:

•Cathy Lounsbury, director of practica and internships for AUNE’s  Department of Applied Psychology.

•Eliza Daniels, MS ’13, outpatient therapist, Servicenet and Pathways

•Barb Andrews, associate professor and program director of AUNE’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program

•Megan Michalak, assistant professor and director of clinical training for the CMHC program.

The institute is open to counselors, supervisors, administrators, counselor educators, students, and others to whom counselor wellness is important. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22, in AUNE’s Community Room.

Find more information on the Counselor Wellness Institute.