Cultivating Professional Resilience in Direct Practice: A Guide for Human Service Professionals with Dr. Jason M. Newell

When: Wednesday, June 15 - 12:30 PM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

The cumulative effects of chronic work-related stress pervasively affects the well-being of our human service work force. This can be particularly challenging for those providing services to clients who are experiencing trauma and other forms of human suffering. 

Trauma-related care includes a natural risk for providers to experience their own indirect trauma reactions, compassion fatigue, or ultimately professional burnout.  As a preventative measure, the ongoing commitment to self-care strategies and resources is essential in maintaining a healthy and resilient professional quality of life. This interactive workshop provides a holistic approach to cultivating professional resilience through the ongoing practice of self-care.  

Focusing on three major content areas, stress, empathy and resilience, a model for self-care utilizing an ecological systems framework with activities across the biological, interpersonal, organizational, familial, peer-related, spiritual, and recreational aspects of the bio-psycho-social self is proposed.  

Within this model, emphasis will be placed on the role of compassion satisfaction and vicarious resilience as key components to fostering meaningful and rewarding careers for social workers.

Learning objectives: Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

Objective 1: Participants will conceptualize the self-care process from an ecological systems perspective as a holistic practice with components from various domains of the psycho-social self.

Objective 2: Participants will understand the empathy self-regulation process as it contributes to the cultivation of professional resilience and well-being.

Objective 3: Participants will have a conceptual and operational understanding of professional resilience and other associated terms, including post-traumatic growth, vicarious resilience, and compassion satisfaction.

Objective 4: Participants will understand the practice of self-care as an ethical obligation to providers and to the clients who are the recipients of their services.

About the Presenter: 

Dr. Jason Newell received his B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University and an M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Alabama.  Dr. Newell is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) and a private individual practitioner (PIP) with an endorsement in clinical and social casework.  Dr. Newell has been in the fields of social work practice, research, and education for over nineteen years.  His research and specialty areas include clinical social work practice with the mentally ill; treatment of anxiety, trauma-related, and mood disorders; self-care and professional resilience, practice with veterans and military families, and child welfare.

Dr. Newell has published his research in the Journal of Trauma Violence and Abuse, Best Practices in Mental Health, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Journal of Workplace and Behavioral Health, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, and Social Worker’s Desk Reference.  In 2017, Columbia University Press published Dr. Newell’s textbook Cultivating Professional Resilience in Direct Practice: A Guide for Human Service Professionals.