The Costs & Gifts of Caring: Moving from Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Resilience

Date & Time:

Friday, June 28
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Stark State College – Business & Entrepreneurial Studies Center – Room M-100
6200 Frank Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720 United States

Who should attend: Behavioral health providers


Treating trauma can be toxic to providers and agencies alike.  Secondary trauma is real and impacts treatment, staff, and administration.  In addition to the ongoing stress of the much-needed work we do, COVID 19 still lives among us, for now, like an invisible enemy whose influence is only seen through its impact.  Knowing it is out there but being unable to clearly see it, creates a primary stress response in all of us.  The paradox of this pandemic is that when stressed humans have a biological drive to flock toward safe others, which when done in traditional ways (physical connection) can be one of the most dangerous things we can do.  Dealing with both primary and secondary stress at the same time is a unique situation of a time for many of us right now.  This training will explore how to promote healing and hope in those we serve, our staff, each other, and ourselves.  Develop skills for coaching to help us walk with and empower those we support instead of rescuing them.  Explore the origins of the differences between, and ways to, address vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and burnout in our staff and ourselves.  As well as its impact on the agency and what can be done about it.  We will look at what research tells us, what our work experiences have shown us and develop a plan to assist us, our staff and those we serve in negotiating this work that is as challenging as it is needed.

Cost: Free

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About the Presenter

Mary Vicario, LPCC-S

Mary Vicario is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) and a Certified Trauma Specialist with over 30 years’ experience working with trauma survivors of all ages and ability levels and training on trauma informed care nationally and internationally.  She has been a People-to-People delegate to China and Mongolia with the American Counseling Association and guest lectured and participated in a conference on human trafficking in Germany.  She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies from Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute and has also been honored with a CASA award for cooperative casework.  As a former teacher, clinician, and clinical director and now as the founder of Finding Hope Consulting, LLC, Mary has many years’ experience working with trauma survivors, addictions, and training. 

Receiving ongoing training at international conferences and Harvard Medical School since 1992, she has been bringing home to Ohio the latest in neuroscience and trauma research to create cutting edge training and programming for individuals of all ages and ability levels and the systems that work with them. 

Ms. Vicario is a trainer and coach for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and co-authored the Foster Parents’ Survival Guide, a textbook chapter in Counseling Children and Adolescents:  Connecting Theory, Development and Diversity by Sondra Smith-Adcock and Catherine Tucker Eds through Sage Publishing, and other trauma informed articles and curricula.  She has been an expert witness on abuse since 1989 and worked with Hamilton County Courts for eight years creating cross system care for the 300 most challenging youth in the county.  Mary is a proud recipient of multiple grants to further develop and link trauma informed care across systems and communities in Ohio and is honored to provide Trauma Responsive Care Certification through the Tristate Trauma Network for anyone working with trauma survivors. 

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