Burnout: Exploring Trauma Exposure Response

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented amounts of exposure to shared trauma for helping professionals.

The spread of the Delta variant across the globe means North America is headed towards another autumn and winter of social distancing and isolation.

Navigating our own emotional and psychological responses to the pandemic, plus holding space for patients and clients can exponentially accelerate the path to burnout.

If you are not aware of your own warning signs, it is easy to slip into burnout without realizing it. And once you're there, it's challenging to find a way out!

What to Expect

In this course, first you will learn the differences between primary, secondary (vicarious), and collective (shared) trauma, and how complex trauma looks different from PTSD.

Then, you will learn how to differentiate between burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma, and the risks associated with working closely with traumatized populations.

Next, you will be able to identify sixteen common warning signs that you are experiencing a negative impact from trauma exposure response.

Finally, you will learn nine different strategies and practices to increase resilience and reduce your risk of experiencing burnout.

You will also be provided additional resources for further education.

How I Locate Myself

I am a Registered Drama Therapist through the North American Drama Therapy Association.

I have experience working with acute mental health issues in an inpatient psychiatric facility, and have also worked as a domestic violence advocate doing crisis de-escalation.

I have both personal and professional experience with compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma exposure and recovery. 

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Trauma and Burnout
What is Trauma?
Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Secondary Trauma
Trauma Stewardship
Trauma Exposure Response
Strategies and Practices to Cultivate Resilience
Additional Resources
CE Course Evaluation
Assessment of Learning
Course Evaluation

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at