Yoga for Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

April 13

9:00am - 5:00pm


Yoga for Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Join Rebecca Wilson Kase, an experienced trauma treatment trainer and instructor, in this dynamic workshop covering key components related to compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and trauma-informed yoga practices as they relate to the caregiver or helping professional. Expect the opportunity to interact and connect with other professionals through interpersonal process, and come away with concrete tools and techniques for managing vicarious trauma via mindfulness and trauma-informed yoga-based techniques.

The American Institute of Stress estimates that job stress carries a price tag of $300 billion annually. Couple the loss of productivity and absenteeism with the delicate job of a mental health therapist and there are grave costs to clients, counselors, organizations, and communities if vicarious trauma is left untreated or ignored. Mindfulness and trauma-informed yoga are leading techniques for managing stress responses and coping with difficult experiences. These techniques offer ample opportunity to support counselors in managing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, and in doing so, better supporting their clients.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine fundamental concepts of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, including signs and symptoms, triggers and vulnerabilities, and common myths and realities.
  • Describe the physiological impact of vicarious trauma as it relates to empathy, mirror neurons, and the nervous system.
  • Evaluate the role of mindfulness as a self-care practice.
  • Assess trauma informed yoga as a self-care practice.
  • Analyze the role self-care plays in client outcomes.
  • Practice trauma-informed techniques through poses, breathing, guided imagery, and sensation tracking.
  • Explore breath as it relates to self-care for vicarious trauma.
  • Explore the concepts of meditation practice.
  • Explore uses of guided imagery in a self-care plan.
  • Develop a framework to make meaning of the clinical work.
  • Analyze Buddhist and existential principles as they relate to vicarious trauma.

This course offers 7 CE hours

One session
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (1 hour lunch on your own)
DU Campus

Cost: $250
Discounts (use code when registering):
DU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff): 10% off - code: CPDGSSW10
Students: 15% off – code: CPDGSSW15

Rebecca Wilson-Kase is a licensed clinical social worker and registered yoga teacher in Colorado. She has over 12 years of experience treating trauma and training other healers in the areas of trauma informed care, trauma focused treatment and vicarious trauma.

Rebecca completed her MSW at the University of Denver. She is an EMDR therapist, consultant, and EMDRIA Approved Basic Trainer, and has been practicing EMDR since 2006. She is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Rebecca volunteers with Trauma Recovery: Humanitarian Assistance Program, training non-profits throughout the country in EMDR.

Rebecca is a devoted yoga practitioner and took her first yoga class in 1998. She has been facilitating various trainings in relation to the topic of trauma since 2007. Her areas of expertise are vicarious trauma, trauma informed care, trauma focused treatment, and EMDR. She also provides specialized supervision on these topics and supports other clinicians in learning methods to heal trauma, as well as care for themselves as healers. Learn more about Rebecca and her work here.