The Institute on Wellness for Helping Professionals

 

Institute Overview

The Institute on Wellness for Helping Professionals consists of a team of faculty members from the Department of Applied Psychology who are motivated and passionate about providing wellness education and support to helping professionals across disciplines. During the Fall of 2015 we embarked on a “Wellness Tour,” bringing wellness support and education to sites throughout New England. The Institute has successfully reached more than 450 people in the helping professions during its Wellness Tour! These workshops were offered at little to no cost to the attendees and were approved for CEUs for professional licensure.

IMAG0177LRThe mission of the Institute is to provide a social service to helping professionals who have been exposed to Secondary Traumatic Stress. We recognize that there are many intrinsic rewards that result from helping those who have experienced traumatizing events.  However, listening to stories of trauma may have negative effects on those serving in helping capacities.  The emotional costs of caring for clients with histories of trauma can be significant, both for clinicians themselves and those around them.

IMAG0169LRSecondary Traumatic Stress (STS) refers to those physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional reactions experienced by clinicians as a natural by-product of working with those who have experienced trauma. The Institute on Wellness for Helping Professionals provides participants with the most current information on the neuroscience of secondary traumatic stress, in addition to evidence-based models and practices to increase counselor resiliency to STS.

An essential element of the workshops is a facilitated dialogue bringing together various members of our profession (students, educators, clinicians, supervisors, administrators) to develop standards of practice both individually and collectively for creating a climate conducive to counselor wellness.  These standards will not only increase participants’ own STS resilience, but will also help to maximize organizations’ trauma resilience and increase their capacity to systematically prevent and respond to the occupational hazard of secondary traumatic stress and its complex effect on clients served, individual service providers, and organizational mission.

IMAG0170LRSecondary Traumatic Stress (STS) refers to those physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional reactions experienced by clinicians as a natural byproduct of working with those who have experienced trauma. The Institute on Counselor Wellness will provide participants with the most current information on the neuroscience of secondary traumatic stress, in addition to evidence-based models and practices to increase counselor resiliency to STS.

An important component of the institute will be a facilitated dialogue bringing together various members of our profession (students, educators, clinicians, supervisors, administrators) to develop standards of practice both individually and collectively for creating a climate conducive to counselor wellness.  These standards will not only increase participants’ own STS resilience, but will also help to maximize your organizations’ trauma resilience and increase your capacity to systematically prevent and respond to the occupational hazard of secondary traumatic stress and its complex effect on clients served, individual service providers, and organizational mission.